The impact of severe burn injury is devastating not only for burn survivors but also their families. Burn injury occurs in the blink of an eye but the physical, psycho-social and emotional consequences last a lifetime. The Burns Trust is committed to facilitating and enabling support programs for burn survivors and their families through the annual Adult Burn Survivor Education & Support Forum and Rebound Burns Survivor Fund.
Adult Burn Survivor Education & Support Forum
The inaugural Burn Survivor Education & Support Forum was held in Adelaide from 26-27 July 2014 with the support of Molnlycke Healthcare, the Thyne Reid Foundation and Clipsal by Schneider Electric. The forum was attended by over 30 burn survivors and their family members/carers from across Australia as well as over 10 burn professionals and other presenters. The forum was developed and facilitated by a passionate committee made up of allied health professionals from WA, SA, QLD and NSW, burn survivors and chaired by the Burns Trust Community Programs Manager.
Attendees heard about the latest in physiotherapy and exercise and given practical strategies for coping with ongoing psychological & emotional challenges. The forum also provided a unique opportunity for burn survivors to connect with others who have shared similar experiences and provided 'Family Member Sessions' for learning how to better support loved ones.
Post forum, many of the burn survivors who attended connected via a closed Facebook burn survivor support group, enabling them to share their ongoing experiences, fears and challenges.
Rebound Burns Survivor Fund
The Rebound Burns Survivor Fund, partnered with the NAB was launched in December 2014 at the NAB Store Manager's Conference in SA. The Rebound Program has been established to support burn survivors and their families across SA and NT and provide them with financial assistance to support their physical, emotional and psycho-social recovery once they leave the hospital setting. A NAB Rebound Fundraising Committee chaired by the Burns Trust has been established to drive fundraising inititaves within the NAB Retail Branches and their communities in SA & NT. Funds are then distributed with approval from the committee with referrals by burns unit hospital staff and community professionals.
In 2014/15, funds were provided to support two burn survivors on their road to recovery. The Advertiser also published an article about the Rebound Program and one of the recipients of the program, helping to raise awareness about the impact of burn injury and much needed funds to support burn survivors on their journey of recovery.
Picture below is a Rebound cheque presention to Jack Reynolds at the NAB Store Manager's Conference in Dec 2014 and also a picture of John Weeks, another receipient of the fund.