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Journeys : August September 2009
0492 It’s a cruel fact. Even the simplest accident can result in a life-changing brain injury – called acquired brain injury (ABI). • It is estimated that 2,500 Tasmanians acquire a brain injury each year • Up to 70% of brain injuries can be attributed to road trauma • People aged between 15 and 24 account for over 40% of new ABIs RACT Insurance is Tasmania’s leading car insurer. That’s why we’re a strong, ongoing supporter of measures that raise awareness of ABI and help to reduce its incidence. Our policyholders and RACT members can assist to reduce these figures by contributing to the funding of the Heads Up 2 Brain Injury program. Donations can be made at any RACT branch. Heads Up 2 Brain injUry Targeted at senior secondary school students, Heads Up 2 Brain Injury aims to influence attitudes and behaviours that can lead to an ABI. We can’t always stop young people from taking risks, but this program provides students with the opportunity to learn about the potential outcomes and impacts an ABI can have on their life, and the effect it can have on families and friends. T Tasmania, Headw Br R W OUr invOlvement Acquired brain injury can happen to anyone at any time. Just one wrong move can change your life – and the lives of your loved ones – forever. RACT Insurance has lobbied government for better funding for ABI services; many staff undertake a day’s paid leave each year to work as volunteers in this area; and we also take whatever steps we can to raise awareness and reduce the incidence of preventable brain injury in the community. August / September 09 27
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