Who are we?
This grant will allow for wider engagement with First Nations courts to deliver the Guddi Way Screen which during pilot programs saw great success in the criminal justice system, including a decrease in instances of reoffending once a person has undergone the screening and been given the tools to manage living with a brain injury.
Adam Schickerling, National Director Strategy & Engagement
Synapse is Australia’s voice of brain injury, and it is our mission is to ensure the rights of people impacted by brain injury, by connecting knowledge, policy, services, and systems. Synapse provides a range of support services for people who have been impacted by brain injury, and promotes quality of life, self-determination and choice through information, advocacy, and specialist support.
What are we doing?

Guddi Way Court Program

Synapse will use the grant to deliver program activities for First Nations courts through the Guddi Way screen. The Guddi Way screening tool is a culturally sensitive method relating to cognition, thinking skills, disability, and psychosocial function. We understand that if the functional impact of a brain-based disability is understood, considered, and factored into sentencing decisions and conditions, provision can be made to accommodate individual needs and remove practical barriers to compliance and engagement. The likelihood of incarceration and recidivism is reduced, and improved life trajectory outcomes is increased.

What are the impact areas we aim to work within?
Impact Area
Justice & safety
First Nations populations
Other Areas
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