Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Brain injury includes many conditions that can change how your brain works. Acquired brain injury includes both traumatic brain injury (an injury caused by trauma to the head) and non-traumatic injury (events such as stroke, hypoxia, and infection). Brain Injury can change the way you think, communicate, your physical abilities, how you behave and interact with others. These changes are unique to each person.

Rehabilitation is an important step in your recovery following a brain injury. It focuses on achieving the goals that matter most to you and your family. The amount of time you need for rehabilitation will be different from others.

Where are we located?

The STARS Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit (BIRU) is located on the fifth floor at STARS. Take the lift to Level 5 and turn left toward 5A. For the safety of patients, this is a secure ward. When you arrive, press the intercom button on the left-hand side of the door to enter the ward.

There is a mix of single and shared rooms. Therapy is provided in the Ability Centre or quiet therapy spaces on the ward. Meals are served in the communal dining room. There are lounge and outdoor spaces available, to spend time with those visiting you.

Doctors and nurses are on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The allied health team includes physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, dietitians, social workers, rehabilitation engineers, psychologists, neuropsychologists, and clinical assistants.

Small garden space located in BIRU

One of two family lounges with kitchenette facilities

A typical ward room in STARS

Welcome to BIRU videos

BIRU Familiarisation Video

A short familiarisation video to help prepare you for coming to the STARS Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit.

Patient stories

Patient Story: Andrew and Ruth

Andrew sustained a severe brain injury whist mustering on his property at Mundubbera in South East Queensland.

Patient Story: Ben

Ben sustained a severe Brain Injury in August 2022. He spent three weeks at the RBWH and then seven weeks in STARS.

Patient Story: Josh

Josh had a brain haemorrhage in 2022. This is his four month journey of his time at RBWH, STARS and his return to home.

Patient Story: Leigh

In August 2022, Leigh was rushed to the Emergency Department of RBWH after a horse riding accident

Contact us

Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit
Location: Level 5, STARS, 296 Herston Road, Herston
Phone: (07) 3647 6753
Visiting hours: Please call the ward to discuss

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