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Southern Area Brain Injury Service - SABIS

This specialised service is based in Goulburn and provides an outreach service to the district. We provide comprehensive assessments, rehabilitation programs and support to children and adults who have sustained a brain injury, and their families.

Programs include a residential program in the independent living unit, as well as adult and paediatric case management outreach services.

 What is a Brain Injury?

Brain injury can result from external trauma to the head, or from illness. Common causes include motor vehicle accidents, falls, assaults and sporting injuries. Brain injury can also be the result of infection, disease, haemorrhage or lack of oxygen

How will SABIS help you?

Southern Area Brain Injury Service (SABIS) provides comprehensive assessment, rehabilitation and support to children and adults who have sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Acquired Brain injury (ABI). 

Our clinicians have expertise in providing rehabilitation to support people to regain the skills required to think, remember and learn, and improve movement, in order to participate effectively within the community and their social networks. 

SABIS staff work collaboratively with you, your family, and any other service providers to help you meet your own personal rehabilitation goals.

The service is based in Goulburn and works with people from Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD). Staff travel throughout the district to provide rehabilitation within the clients’ home, school, workplace and the local community.

SABIS is part of the NSW Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program (BIRP), a network of specialist brain injury rehabilitation providers throughout metropolitan and regional NSW.

Service Provision

Programs provided include:

  • Residential program in the Transitional Living Unit - The Transitional Living Unit is set up like a home. Clients stay in the unit during the week to participate in daily rehabilitation with a focus on developing independent living skills.
  • Case ManagementSABIS has Case Managers approved by Lifetime Care and Support. The case managers coordinate the provision of rehabilitation services in liaison with the funding agencies such as Lifetime Care and Support and Workcover.


SABIS has trained staff qualified in the following areas:

  • Occupational therapists assist people to maximise their independence in their everyday living skills. This can include personal, domestic skills, community living skills, leisure and recreation and return to work. Our occupational therapist can also assist with returning to driving.
  • Social Workers provide advocacy and counselling support to assist people to connect with community-based agencies and services, as well as addressing family relationship resilience and challenges.
  • Speech pathologists assist people to communicate all aspects of their life. This includes speech, comprehension and processing of spoken and written language.
  • Physiotherapists assist people to overcome the physical difficulties of strength, balance, co-ordination, gait and physical fitness.
  • Neuropsychologists provide assessment of people with a brain injury and how this affects thinking skills, emotions, behaviour and personality. The psychologist then provides education and support around adjustment to changes associated with brain trauma.
  • Living Skills Educators work within the transitional living unit to provide a therapeutic and safe environment. They provide 24 hour supervision for clients and support them to apply therapy strategies within their daily activities.

In summary

  • SABIS provides a comprehensive assessment, rehabilitation, co-ordination and referral service.
  • SABIS is supported by a Brain Injury Rehabilitation Specialist who are participating in a rehabilitation program.
  • SABIS provide education programs to local educational institutions and community organisations.
  • SABIS provide a consultancy service for other allied health clinicians, such as community health and hospital occupational therapists, speech pathologists and physiotherapists working in working within our region.
  • SABIS provide education and consultancy to teachers working with children with acquired brain injury.
  • SABIS staff have experience in providing rehabilitation and case management for eligible clients


Referrals will be considered for people who;

  • Have a primary diagnosis of traumatic or acquired brain injury and aged between 3 and 65 years of age.
  • Live in the Southern NSW Local Health District.
  • Are medically stable.
  • Are willing to participate in a rehabilitation program.


In line with the NSW Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program, our priority is people with a traumatic brain injury. We will consider referrals for people with non-traumatic brain injury e.g. brain tumour, stroke, encephalitis and meningitis - where the main need is for cognitive and physical rehabilitation due to injury.


Referrals can be made by individuals, families, carers, medical practitioners or other service providers. Early referral of potential clients is recommended.

Service Contacts

Southern Area Brain Injury Service - SABIS

Last updated: 09 June 2021