Whanganui Violence Intervention Network - Jigsaw Whanganui
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Traumatic Brain Injury Conference

The Hidden Cost of Violence
Thursday 21st March 8:30am - Friday 22nd March 2024 5:00pm
Where  Whanganui War Memorial Centre, Watt Street, Whanganui View Map Please note there are very limited flights into Whanganui, however, there are several flights into Palmerston North from Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington.

Our conference aims to bring together experts, researchers, professionals, advocates, and those with lived experience to deepen our understanding and ability to respond to traumatic brain injuries caused by interpersonal violence. Through knowledge exchange, collaboration, and innovative solutions, we strive to enhance prevention strategies, support systems, and survivor-centred interventions.

There will be breakout workshops throughout the conference. Please refer to https://tbi-conference24.nz/ for information on Workshop speakers. You'll be asked to select your session choices when booking. 


Collaboration, Networking, and Advocacy

  • Networking and connection for professionals working in the health, disability, family violence, and criminal justice spaces.
  • Opportunity for inter-agency collaboration- to maximise the safety and support for victim-survivors of TBI.


Wellbeing and Restoration of Victim-Survivors

  • Highlighting current kaupapa Māori research and tools in prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of TBI’s.
  • Highlighting the voices, challenges, experiences, and aspirations of our disabled community, whaikaha Māori, and those with lived experience of TBI/IPV.
  • Challenging the myths, norms and societal attitudes associated with TBI/IPV which lead to invisibility of victim-survivors.

OUTCOME THREE: Kaitiakitanga

Protection and Accountability to Victim-Survivors

  • Current interdisciplinary discussions on the intersection of TBI and IPV.
  • Identification of gaps in TBI/IPV sectors.
  • New frameworks and tools to enhance professional practice.
  • Increased capability of our specialist workforces in the TBI/IPV spaces.


Traumatic Brain Injuries are a common consequence of family violence. Research has found that over half of all individuals who have been in an abusive relationship have suffered a TBI due to the physical trauma inflicted by their partner. In many cases the TBI’s are severe and may result in long-term physical, cognitive and behavioural impairments. Studies have also found that victims of family violence are more likely to suffer TBI’s than the general population. These injuries can have a significant impact on victim’s lives. The cost of these injuries is often hidden. Our six keynote speakers are all influential voices and renowned figures in this space. With their extensive and diverse knowledge, research, advocacy, and experience, they have all dedicated many years to improving access to care, raising awareness, and building the capability of the people supporting victim-survivors.

Dr. Hinemoa Elder

Dr. Debbie Hager

Katherine Snedaker

Dr. Alice Theadom

Dr. Kim A. Gorgens

Dr. Eve Valera


Our conference aims to bring together experts, researchers, professionals, advocates, and those with lived experience to deepen... more
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Traumatic Brain Injury Conference $600.00
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Available 25 Oct 2023 - 19 Mar 2024

Traumatic Brain Injury Conference - excluding dinner $550.00
(No Longer Available)

Available 25 Oct 2023 - 19 Mar 2024

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Available 18 Mar 2024 - 22 Mar 2024

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