Peter readily describes himself as a “one-eyed South Sydney supporter”. This is one of the first things people learn about Peter and is evident through his platinum club membership and the extensive range of Rabbitohs paraphernalia that adorns his person and home. His unwavering love of rugby league has been a constant that has seen him through the highs and lows of living life with an acquired brain.
As a pedestrian crossing a busy intersection, Peter was involved in a motor vehicle incident that resulted in him sustaining numerous injuries including a traumatic brain injury. After extensive rehabilitation, Peter came to the realisation that he was unable to return to his previous employment and social activities. However, Peter is not the type of person to sit still for long and decided to join Headway ADP.
Initially the focus was on his physical rehabilitation through aquarobics. But Peter quickly identified other gaols and with individually tailored support found and continues to maintain volunteer work and supported employment. Regular attendance at social outings, activities and groups has opened up opportunities to establish friendships. And supported holidays have meant Peter has developed a love of travel.
Peter is a dedicated member of the Community Education Team and is passionate about raising awareness of acquired brain injury. With a motto of “look before you leap”, he has been spreading the word and moving audiences for over 10 years.
As Peter’s life circumstances have changed over the years so too have his goals and support. Having relied on his father for support since the accident, Peter suddenly found himself in the caring role when his father became ill. The focus was now on relearning his independence including cooking, coordinating his father’s care and services, paying bills, shopping etc.
In 2016 Peter moved into his own unit. While this was an exciting step forward for Peter it also required a lot of planning and preparation. The support of his sister and Headway ADP at every step of the way ensured the transition was a success.
The latest change has been the transition to the NDIS. Headway ADP has been involved form pre-planning to advocating on Peter’s behalf with the NDIA to implementing his plan.
“Headway ADP has allowed me to not give up hope. To see that there is a way I can achieve my goals”.