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New MOOC sheds light on silent epidemic

A new online course is aiming to help the community better understand the signs and symptoms of one of the most dangerous injuries to affect people.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are often described as a silent epidemic, with more than 69 million people globally sustaining a TBI every year with Australasia having one of the highest reported incidences annually.

“A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is a type of acquired brain injury that is caused by an object striking the head, or the head coming to a violent stop,” lecturer Dr Jenna Ziebell said.

The University of Tasmania’s Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre has developed a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), to raise awareness and understanding of the injury to help reduce the risk.

As well as looking at the cause and consequence of TBI, the course also covers the types of injuries and frequency at which they occur.

“Traumatic brain injuries range in severity from mild concussion through to severe. The way an individual recovers from a brain injury can vary drastically despite having a similar injury. This makes treating TBI challenging.”

The course is designed for health professionals and anyone looking to further their knowledge about TBI.

Published on: 25 Jun 2021 11:27am