The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Research Group (BIRRG) is part of the Injury and Rehabilitation research stream at the Ingham Institute. The BIRRG conducts a program of clinical and health services research with the broad aim of alleviating the consequences of traumatic brain injury, focusing on clinically-applied, intervention-oriented research.The BIRRG is led by Associate Professor Grahame Simpson and Barbara Strettles.
It is a joint initiative of the Liverpool Hospital Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit and the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) Brain Injury Rehabilitation Network. Team members come from a broad range of multidisciplinary backgrounds including Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy, Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation Medicine. BIRRG staff also supervise and support higher degree research students and post-doctoral research fellows, as well as offering opportunities for visiting academics from other universities.
Research projects span epidemiological, clinical, psychometric, intervention and translation domains. In particular BIRRG research projects focus on improving physical function, strengthening pathways for vocational re-integration, addressing challenging behaviours, better mental health and suicide prevention, and building family resilience. The group receives competitive funding from a range of international, national and state based research organisations and authorities. BIRRG staff are committed to engaging clinicians, consumers and key stakeholders in the clinical and health services research to facilitate knowledge translation.
BIRRG staff are active in the dissemination of their research in peer-reviewed journals, alongside numerous published abstracts, and presentations at national and international conferences. The BIRRG has developed and supports the implementation of innovative clinical programs across NSW Brain Injury rehabilitation centres including the Window to Hope program, Strength 2 Strength, Act-Adjust and the Vocational Intervention Program
The BIRRG collaborates and has links with a range of academic, professional and community partners including the University of Sydney, University of NSW, Griffith University, University of Wollongong, University of Colorado Denver, Wayne State University Detroit, The Institute of Rehabilitation Research Baylor College of Medicine Texas, Orebro University in Sweden, I-Care (Insurance and Care NSW), and Brain Injury Australia.