a) Pathways in NSW

Unique individuals mean that service pathways are unique.

At the same time staff need to be aware of:

  • typical service pathways
  • local barriers to pathways
  • strategies for dealing with pathway barriers.

In 2008, an Interagency Agreement was signed between Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC), NSW Health, Housing NSW and the Lifetime Care and Support Authority (LTCS). The purpose of the Interagency Agreement was to improve equity of access in the interface between health, housing and support services to meet the needs of people with ABI in the community.
A Pathways and Protocols Working Group comprising members from each of the inter-agency partners was convened to identify appropriate referral pathways and related issues for an adult with an ABI moving through health, disability and community services. This work has produced:
"Care and Support Pathways for People with an Acquired Brain Injury, PDF
Referral and Service Options in NSW
". May 2011 (3.1 Meg)

This document includes 7 Example pathways and detailed information about all of the services mentioned in the example flow charts.

The seven pathway examples are:

1: Person with a recent ABI requiring housing and support
2: Person with a recent TBI requiring support up to 35 hours/week
3: Person with a previous TBI/ABI with drug/alcohol or mental health issues
4: Person with TBI/ABI with challenging behaviours
5: Person with previous TBI/ABI exiting prison system
6: Applicant or existing tenant of Housing NSW with a diagnosed or undiagnosed ABI/TBI
7: Person with TBI/ABI requiring formal support for more than 35 hours per week

People who sustain injuries in motor vehicle accidents (MVA) may have access to compensation (Workcover, LTSCA). This can increase service options and needs to be considered when planning service support.

Example 1: Person with a recent ABI requiring housing and support

Pathways Example 1