“I did not want anyone to ever feel as disorientated and bewildered as I did.”
Unlocking my Brain: Through the labyrinth of Acquired Brain Injury brings to life Christine’s personal experience of brain injury - from losing her vision and being unable to walk, talk or write, Christine regained her life, her thoughts and her career.
In 1991 Christine was involved in a horrific car accident and suffered extensive injuries including Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). Unlocking my Brain shows the incredible plasticity of the human brain as well as the plasticity of the human spirit.
An educator by training, Christine Durham taught at Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School for over twenty years and was a founding member of VAPS, an education program aimed to enrich the thinking and understanding of students.
Determined to return to teaching, Christine developed and conducted over 4 000 Philosophy and Thinking workshops with her students and started her career as one of Australia’s most inspirational writers. At aged 67, despite her double vision, Christine obtained a PhD in Health Sciences and discovered even more effective ways to help people with brain injury help themselves.
Christine Durham lives in Eltham, Victoria, Australia. An educator by training she taught at Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School for over two decades and was a Founding Member of Philosophy for Children Victoria searching for ways to enrich the thinking/understanding of students. In 1991 Christine was involved in a horrific car accident and suffered extensive injuries including brain injury. Passionate about returning to teaching, she developed and conducted over 4 000 Philosophy/Thinking workshops with students and wrote ‘Chasing Ideas’ to encourage parents and teachers to help children to be better, brighter thinkers. After Penguin Books published Doing Up Buttons (a book about putting her life together following her accident) Christine was invited to speak to a wide variety of audiences in Australia and overseas. These included leading community organizations, leadership and rehabilitation groups, health professionals, universities, school principals and parents. In 2012, aged sixty-seven, she obtained a PhD in Health Sciences in spite of her double vision, and discovered ways to help people with brain injury help themselves feel and fare better. Christine received the BrainLink 2012 Woman of Achievement Award ‘In recognition of her determination, commitment, creativity and contribution to the community’. She has been nominated for the 2014 Australian Senior of the Year Award.