On 3 August 1982, Dr Dorothy Gronwell wrote a letter to the then regional manager of the Accident Compensation Corporation in Auckland. Dr Gronwell was a neuro psychologist and also a member and vice chairperson of the then Head Injury Society of Auckland.
Dr Gronwell wrote:
"The Head Injury Society Inc was formed towards the end of 1981 by relatives and by Auckland Hospital board staff who were concerned with the need to provide support for families of the head injured patients, to educate the public in general about the needs of the head injured and to improve rehabilitation facilities...
We have already established a regular support group for families of adult patients and similar groups for the parents of children who have had head injuries are now being organised. We have also begun a publicity campaign which will, we hope, enable us to reach families who were unaware of the society, and also make the general public more aware of the problems that follow on from the head injury."
These early sentiments are still presently reflected in the role and intention of the Brain Injury Association of Auckland. For the record, the certificate of incorporation (with the Ministry of Commerce) notes that the Head Injury Society Inc was incorporated under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908, on 25 August 1981, and changed its name to The Brain Injury Association (Auckland) Inc on 11 March 1996.
Image: Dorothy Gronwall receiving a Queen's medal from the NZ Governor General
Source: Psychology Today