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Mental health following mild traumatic brain injury in adolescent

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) occurs when trauma causes damage to the brain. Within Australia, there is an annual incidence of 149/100,000 cases of traumatic brain injury across the age spectrum, of which 43.8% occur in children and adolescents. In a typical year approximately 3,000 children present to the Emergency Department (ED) at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) with TBI.

TBI can have enduring symptoms including fatigue, headache, poor concentration and irritability which have a significant impact on a young person’s capacity to return to school, leisure and sports. Consequently, they may fall behind in their studies and be unable to participate fully in daily life. While some young people adjust to these limitations, a significant number will have difficulty adjusting, and develop depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress. These internalised mental health problems may go undetected and untreated, further impacting the young person’s quality of life.  

A research team led by A/Prof Cathy Catroppa at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and The Royal Children’s Hospital is conducting a study to enhance our understanding of mental health outcomes following mild TBI. As part of this study, control participants who have not experienced a TBI are also being recruited. 

The research team is looking for adolescents aged 13-18 years old, who have not experienced a TBI. Participation in this research will involve completing an online questionnaire that takes approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. If you are interested to take part in this research project or would like more information about the study, please contact:

Assoc Prof Cathy Catroppa
P: (03) 9936 6738                                                
E: cathy.catroppa@mcri.edu.au 

Elle Morrison                                                         
P: (03) 9936 6249                                                
E: elle.morrison@mcri.edu.au