Title Traumatic brain injury Degree of recognition National Media name/outlet ABC News Media type Radio Country/Territory Australia Date 5/11/18 Description ABC News with Ros Childs, Kathryn Robinson.
Pre-recorded interview with Dr Andrew Davidson, Neurosurgeon, Macquarie University Hospital and Jayden Alexanderson, TBI Patient. Robinson reports Macquarie University has found Australians admitted to hospital with a traumatic brain injury are 7.5 times more likely to die within a year. She adds researchers are calling this a silent epidemic. Robinson says Anderson got into a motorbike accident in 2017. Davidson explains the Qld and Macquarie University study looked into a population database from 2009, which was compared to individuals from the electoral roll with matched age, gender, and region to look at long-term outcome and survival. He notes those deaths occurred in hospitals as a direct result of the injury. Davidson states it found those admitted to hospital in the year prior had fourfold increase presentations to the emergency department and threefold increase submission rate to hospital compared to the general population. He says there was also an increased rate of mental health disorders and drug and alcohol use. Alexanderson notes he came off his bike and slid underneath a van, which resulted into a broken neck and right leg. He states he's diagnosed with hemiplegia on the left side. Davidson says the post-traumatic stress and the psychological support that people need must be highlighted. He notes researchers have called for primary and secondary prevention. Robinson states those who need support may contact Lifeline and Beyondblue.
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