Watch people achieve something they didn’t think they could do. See the progress in people as they gain their independence. See the smile on their faces.

Choosing a rewarding career as a Brain injury rehabilitation assistant means you will be able to help people get their lives back on track.

What’s involved in being a brain injury rehabilitation assistant

A brain injury rehabilitation assistant works with adults who have sustained a brain injury through accident or illness. You’ll be working with people who have long term neurological conditions or who acquired brain injury. As a brain injury rehabilitation assistant you might provide live in care or work on shifts and you may be based within a hospital or at a residential clinical support facility.

A typical day for a brain injury rehabilitation assistant

During a typical day, a brain injury rehabilitation assistant may do some or all of the following:

    • assist clients with personal care and daily living.
    • support clients to participate in rehabilitation programmes.
    • assist with household activities such as budgeting, managing appointments and
    • correspondence.
    • support the client who may be experiencing changes in the following areas as a result of brain injury: cognitive function, physical function, communication, fatigue, psychological wellbeing, behaviour.
    • encourage the client to participate in social and employment opportunities.
    • liaise with families, whānau, friends, advocates and external agencies to provide a consistent approach that meets the individual needs of the client.

Characteristics

  • Able to plan and show initiative.
  • Able to relate respectfully to people with physical, psychological and cognitive disabilities.
  • Physically fit and able to undertake manual handling practices.
  • Relates well with people from a range of different cultures with different values.
  • Organised and responsible (reporting changes/issues with client, monitoring progress,
  • following the care plan).
  • Supportive and understanding and able to respect independence and dignity.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team.

Aptitudes

  • Knowledge of manual handling and health and safety procedures.
  • Driver’s licence.

How to become a qualified brain injury rehabilitation assistant

To become a brain injury rehabilitation assistant through on the job training supported by Careerforce, you will need to be employed. Your employer can help you gain relevant, practical qualifications while gaining experience in a work environment. Assessment is carried out by assessors within the workplace.

Career Journey

At School Introductory Roles Advancing Roles Leadership Roles/Senior Roles
Role Titles Role Titles Role Titles
SUGGESTED SUBJECTS
Health and Physical Education
Science
Technology
Rehabilitation Assistant
Brain Injury Rehabilitation Assistant
Occupational Therapist
Physiotherapist
Speech and Language Therapist
Registered or Enrolled Nurse
Rehabilitation Team
Rehabilitation Coach
Vocational/employment support
Brain Injury Researcher
Rehabilitation Clinical Manager/Team Leader
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Community Service Manager/Team Leader
Qualifications Qualifications Qualifications
Gateway Subjects
Follow the Purple Pathway (Social
and Community Services)
New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 4) (Rehabilitation Assistance) Brain Injury Rehabilitation Strand Tertiary qualifications Tertiary qualifications

More information

Read more about Rehabilitation qualifications

New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 4) (Rehabilitation Assistance) Brain Injury Rehabilitation Strand

In employment

  • Talk to your employer
  • Contact 0800 277 486 and talk to our Apprenticeship and Vocational Pathways Advisors at Careerforce.

Still at school?

  • Talk to your Careers Advisor
  • Contact 0800 277 486 and talk to our Apprenticeship and Vocational Pathways Advisors at Careerforce.

 

 

 

 

 

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