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Helping to get the injured back on track

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May 20, 2016

A Transport Accident Commission (TAC) program is helping Victorians recovering from major injuries get their lives back on track faster.

The Small Grants program aims to improve the lives of people with an acquired brain injury or a spinal cord injury from road accidents, through projects that increase opportunities for them to participate in their community.

TAC chief executive Joe Calafiore said more than 1000 people received spinal or acquired brain injuries each year from transport accidents.

‘‘Many people are aware of the TAC’s road safety work, but the TAC’s other major role can get overlooked — helping people who are injured in transport accidents,’’ Mr Calafiore said.

‘‘By supporting these programs, the TAC gives Victorians a better chance of leading happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives.’’

Headlining the latest grants round is an app that has been developed by not-for-profit company arbias to help people with acquired brain injuries gain greater independence.

The app, which received $25000 of funding, will be available on smartphones and tablets, catering for individual differences, planning requirements and goals.

Jimmy Baker, a 33-year-old who lives in TAC-supported accommodation in Glenroy, said the app has been pivotal in planning his week, following a crash in 2002 that almost took his life.

‘‘The arbias app helps me to be organised, but in particular, more mindful of my weekly spend,’’ Mr Baker said.

‘‘It’s really useful for setting goals, like buying a TV. If I do this, an arbias facilitator can see I’m saving for one and upon request, join me at the store in making the purchase.

‘‘This is really helpful for someone who’s suffered a traumatic head injury and has real trouble organising their life.’’

More than $100000 will be shared between an additional six organisations to set up programs and workshops.

Not-for-profit community groups, local government authorities and state government departments are eligible to apply for grants of up to $25000 under the TAC small grants program.

Applications for the next round are scheduled to open late this year.

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