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Acquired Disability Support Services


ARCsupport (Accommodation, Respite and Community support) is about creating futures with hope for families affected by acquired injuries, including acquired brain injuries (ABIs) and spinal cord injuries (SCIs).

ARCsupport is an initiative led by Karingal in the Barwon area of Victoria. It began in July 2006 following initial research work that culminated in the launch of the report "In a moment, everything can change …" The report highlighted the needs of families who have a young adult member who has an ABI.

The report identified 10 goals that were subsequently grouped into three key areas of development

  • Accommodation
  • Respite
  • Community support


ARCsupport is committed to the development of:

  • Permanent accommodation options in the Barwon Area
  • A variety of family centred, flexible respite options that respond to the needs of individual families
  • A range of community supports that enable and empower individuals and families.


Community support - to walk beside

The community support arm of ARCsupport is committed to developing services and options that walk beside families as they travel their journey of supporting a member with ABI or SCI. Services are developed by working closely with families.
Existing services include:

  • The development of formal and informal family support networks
    (see BRAINS and SPINES)
  • The development of a community based information, advocacy and support service that walks beside families following discharge from health services
  • The development and implementation of community and school education programs


Spinal Cord Injury Awareness

Did you know that:

  • Around 12,000 people in Australia have a spinal cord injury (SCI).
  • There are 350 - 400 new cases recorded each year.
  • Transport-related injuries account for majority of spinal cord injuries in Australia.
  • People between 15-24 years of age have the highest rate of injury.


Brain Injury Awareness

Did you know that:

  • 2.2% of the Australian population has an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)? That is more than slightly one in 50 people or 432,700 Australians.
  • Brain injuries do not just affect the individual, they affect the whole family. So, approximately 1.7 million Australians have had their lives changed by brain injury.
  • Did you know that brain injury does not discriminate? Anyone at anytime can suffer a brain injury. Road traffic accidents, brain aneurysm, stroke, assault, attempted suicide, infections and drug and alcohol misuse are among some of the causes of ABI.


Geelong ABI Clubhouse

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The Geelong ABI Clubhouse provides peer and social support for people with acquired brain injury. The opening of the clubhouse in 2013 was thanks to funds raised by the Karingal Foundation's Hundred Hole Hike.

The ABI Clubhouse is open to anyone who has an ABI; a very common injury to the brain that can be caused by incidents ranging from a stroke or motor vehicle accident, to a fall or a blow to the head. An ABI can happen to anyone at any time.

The ABI Clubhouse, located at Eastern Hub Geelong, is open every Tuesday, between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

For more information on the ABI Clubhouse, or to become a member please contact Jacqui Pierce on 5258 4205 or


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