ABI (Acquired Brain Injury) Rehabilitation provides specialist residential and community based rehabilitation.


This page is for clients and families/ whānau it covers topics about head injury, acquired brain injury, concussion, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and stroke.
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ABI Rehab Programmes

This section of our website is for Funders and Health Professionals and covers how to make referrals as well as our rehabilitation programmes and contracts.
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ABI Rehabilitation New Zealand is committed to being part of growing the field of neuro-rehabilitation in New Zealand through scientific health research. 
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ABI Community Services

We now provide services to adults and children with ABI Community Services Ltd, a community based service formed in 2017 from ABI Rehabilitation and PRS Ltd.
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Hello and Welcome

ABI Rehabilitation is the leading provider of intensive rehabilitation in New Zealand with specialist centres in Auckland and Wellington. ABI provides comprehensive services for people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and stroke.

Founded in 1996, ABI Rehabilitation was the first rehabilitation service in Australasia with CARF accreditation. In addition, it is the only ACC-contracted provider of intensive TBI rehabilitation in the North Island and Nelson/ Marlborough areas.

The ABI Experience

ABI employs about 310 staff with specialist training in rehabilitation and a single-minded focus on achieving outcomes. We believe people in New Zealand have the right to services as good as anything in the world. We invest in training and research to maintain an international standard of care. As an organisation, ABI is driven to lead, develop and benchmark rehabilitation services in New Zealand.

Clients at ABI will experience what we believe is a unique team approach to their rehabilitation journey. Medical specialists, therapy, nursing and assistant teams are all committed to working towards the goals that are set by the client and family. ABI firmly believes that clients and their families-whānau are a vital part of the team. 

Nau mai haere mai ki ABI Rehabilitation
Ko tō mātou whainga ki a mahi i ngā mahi mauri ora mō ngā tangata me ngā whānau
e noho ana i raro o ngā parirau o ABI Rehabilitation.

Welcome to ABI Rehabilitation
Beneath the expanded wings of ABI Rehabilitation,
Our aim is to provide a holistic and nurturing approach that encompasses all aspects of well being for the benefit of our clients and their families.

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News and Events

Research opportunity

Please see below for a research study about stroke being offered at AUT University; contact Lisa if you are interested!


AUT University is conducting a study looking at whether mindfulness training is helpful in reducing anxiety and depression for people who have experienced a stroke.

Who can participate?

Participants need to be 17 years or older, and have experienced a stroke at least six months٭ but less than ten years ago.

Who should I contact?

If you have any questions about the study or are interested in participating, we would love to hear from you.  

Please contact Lisa on 921 9999 extension 7421, 021 208 2115 or email lisa.fraser@aut.ac.nz

Seeking feedback on support for disabled people

Seeking feedback on support for disabled people

ACC are seeking feedback from disabled people for a study into the value that assistive technologies offer.

Assistive technologies are products and related services that help people take part in everyday activities. They can be specifically designed for people with cognitive, sensory, physical, and/or psychosocial impairment or everyday technology that has been modified. Examples range from hearing aids, to smartphone apps that assist with communication, to power wheelchairs.

The study, being conducted on behalf of the Disabled People’s Organisations, and a number of government agencies (ACC, MoH, MoE, MSD), will examine how assistive technology makes a difference to the lives of disabled people; which technologies are being used, and what disabled people think of current government funding.

If you know disabled people, please encourage them to provide their feedback by taking part in the survey. For more information, go to https://www.acc.co.nz/about-us/news-media/latest-news/disability-survey.

The results of the study will contribute to strengthening and updating the NZ Disability Action Plan 2014-2018  https://www.odi.govt.nz/nz-disability-strategy/disability-action-plan/

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New Entrance - ABI Rehabilitation Wellington

Participate in Research

Seeking whanau of former ABI clients

Are you a family/whanau member of a person who had rehab with us in the past?  Would you be willing to give input regarding how information is communicated to people supporting those who have experienced a TBI?

We are looking for family members who would be happy to contribute to a workshop.  The workshop will be about designing a digital / online information tool for whanau.   Participants don’t need any special knowledge, just to be able to share their experiences and opinions about what might or might not work.  The time commitment would be half a day, reimbursement for travel and refreshments will be provided.  This is part of a research study through Auckland University of Technology.

If you are interested, please email Alice (alice.theadom@aut.ac.nz) or call/text 021 246 0728.

Brain Storm - Heads together for concussion 2017

New Zealand Rehabilitation Conference

The 2017 conference is to be held from 8 to 10 September at Rydges Latimer in Christchurch, New Zealand. This year’s conference is being held in partnership with AUT University and the University of Otago, both leaders in rehabilitation education and research in New Zealand.

The conference theme “Making an impact: putting knowledge to work in rehabilitation” aims to explore the interface between rehabilitation research and practice and the related challenges and opportunities.

The staff at ABI Rehabilitation try their best to present at this conference each time, and this year will be no different.

Please visit the conference website for more information.

Changes at Wellington site

Mon, 27 Feb 2017

Due to the Kenepuru Hospital site development vehicle access to ABI Wellington will change as of Tuesday 28 February 2017.

Access to the service will now be via the Bluff Road entrance. We will continue to post updates with any further necessary changes.

Thank you for your co-operation