John is an interim NIISQ participant who sustained a brain injury in a motor vehicle accident in February 2018. We wish to congratulate John on recently achieving his goal of returning to work as a taxi driver.

Medical clearance to return to commercial driving is not granted lightly and is a testament to the work John has put in to achieve his goals and regain his pre-injury level of function.

John and the NIISQ Agency acknowledge early intervention helped him with achieving good rehabilitative outcomes.

“I would particularly like to credit Dominic at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. He helped me a lot with my early intervention. This put me in the best position to get back to driving my taxi,” John said.

When he returned home from the hospital, John’s NIISQ Support Planner worked with him and his wife Maureen to tailor his individual support plan. John identified his primary goal was to return to work as a taxi driver, and we were able to help him develop a support plan with a series of steps and funding to help John to achieve this.

“NIISQ has been a great support for me,” John said.

NIISQ funded specialist Occupational Therapists who developed a robust return-to-work program for John to help him with fatigue management and his cognitive function associated with his traumatic brain injury. The program helped him to build his ability to drive confidently and safely return to driving. The work John put in during the program, prepared him to return to work as a taxi driver, following clearance from his treating rehabilitation physician.

John has maintained a positive mindset throughout this process.

“You just have to keep chipping away,” he said.

When he isn’t working, John enjoys watching the NRL and spending time with his wife, Maureen. He has achieved so much since his accident. While John is a participant of NIISQ, we will continue to support him and Maureen to manage his ongoing needs and help him to achieve his future goals.