Australia’s Acquired Brain Injury Outreach Service


The James Macready-Bryan Foundation was set up in February 2007 to provide financial support for care and rehabilitation and a public voice for young sufferers of acquired brain injury (ABI) and their families.

The Foundation aims to improve the shortfalls in the medical, financial, political and social services systems, in which young lives are saved but then not adequately supported.

Our fundraising provides vital support for additional services in care facilities, for the provision of better and more appropriate home care and, most importantly, for the development of new, age-appropriate residential options.

The Foundation’s advocacy role helps to raise public awareness of the needs of young ABI sufferers. We continue to lobby state and federal governments to make the NDIS a reality, so that grieving families do not have to fight for every dollar to provide their children with the care and therapies they so desperately need.


The JMB Foundation’s vision is simple: all young sufferers of acquired brain injury should be fully and appropriately supported in their financial, rehabilitation and accommodation needs.

We work on two fronts: to raise money and to raise public awareness.

In recent times we have been closely involved in the planning and development of a 10-bed purpose-built high care facility for young people in Austin Street, Alphington. These are young men and women with severe brain injuries who would otherwise have been housed in aged care nursing homes.

The home is a joint project between the Victorian Department of Human Services and care provider Villa Maria, and was the first of its kind in Victoria.

In addition to assisting with capital construction funding, the Foundation has also provided money for resident therapy resources.

Other young people’s residential projects supported by JMB include two developed by Yooralla as part of the ‘My Future My Choice’ initiative. These are at Dunblane Road, Noble Park and Railway Street South, Altona.

The Foundation funding provided state of the art resident-controlled automated doors, and essential ceiling hoists.

We also provide financial support to individuals and their families. This takes many forms – from home modifications such as ramps or wheelchair-friendly bathrooms, to equipment, to extra therapy hours, to funding community access.





When James Macready-Bryan was assaulted in Melbourne in 2006, leaving him totally and permanently disabled, his family were faced with the task of working their way through a nightmare of overlapping services in an attempt to find answers to their one overwhelming question: ‘how are we going to look after our son?’

The Resources and Links provided on this page, are aimed at helping you find your own answers.


The ABI Roadmap Resource

A comprehensive and easy to understand summary of:
- The services you may need
- An explanation of how everything fits together
- Strategies to get the most out of what’s available.

Young People in Nursing Homes (YPINH)

The Young People In Nursing Homes National Alliance is Australia’s first peak body for young Australians with disability and high and complex support needs.


BrainLink Services is a Victorian based service that is dedicated to improving the quality of life of people affected by acquired disorders of the brain, by providing support to their families and carers.

Brain Injury Australia

Brain Injury Australia (BIA) represents all Australians with acquired brain injury (ABI) whatever the cause.

Summer Foundation

The key aim of the Summer Foundation is to change human service policy and practice related to young people in nursing homes (YPINH).

How You Can Help



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Donate to the JMB Foundation by clicking on the button below and following the prompts




You could organise a fundraising activity to support the JMB Foundation – for example, hold a cake stall or organise a fun run.


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Who We Are

Helen Sykes - Chair

Helen is an information and education publications editor who also has extensive experience in the not-for-profit disability sector. In addition to her role as inaugural Chair of the Foundation she is a helpline adviser for Alzheimer’s Australia Vic and has been an active advocate for the NDIS.

Richard Harris

Richard is a friend and neighbour to James’ father Andrew. As a practising barrister he brings legal expertise to the Foundation. Richard is also involved with a number of other boards and community organisations.

Dianne Rule

Di has worked as a government policy adviser and in media, and uses that expertise to help drive the Foundation’s advocacy role. She has known the Macready-Bryan family since 1999.

Andy Evans

Andy is a lawyer and corporate advisor who has been a previous supporter of the Foundation through the Irvine Club, a group he established in 2004 with friends to support various charities. Andy has maintained an ongoing relationship with James’ father Andrew since this initial support of the Foundation and is also a director of other not-for-profit organisations.

Melanie Cassy

Melanie is a chartered accountant and principal of MC & Co – Chartered Accountants. She has extensive experience in business advisory, taxation, superannuation and financial management. Many of her clients are involved with charitable foundations, and she has been advising and assisting them with their philanthropic interests for many years.

Dr Andy Buck

Andy is a consultant emergency physician with an interest in trauma and medical education. He works at the Alfred Hospital, Cabrini Private Hospital and the Royal Darwin Hospital. He is co-creator and director of the Emergency Trauma Management course, which is designed to teach emergency medicine practitioners how to manage severely injured patients.

David Windlow – Finance Manager and Company Secretary

David is a consulting accountant with a background in retail and not for profit organisations. His son is a long-standing friend of James from primary school days, and David has been involved with the Foundation from its inception.

Professor Andrew Kaye - Patron

Professor Andrew Kaye
The Foundation is fortunate to have as its patron Professor Andrew Kaye, James Stewart Professor of Surgery at the University of Melbourne and Head of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Sharon Kent - Communications Manager

Sharon is an administration and communications professional with a background spanning radio, publications, the arts and state government. She joined us in May 2014, bringing her organisational skills and media/communications experience to the team.


Ms Helen Sykes (Chair)
Ms Diana Brown-Greaves
Dr Andy Buck
Ms Melanie Cassy
Mr Andy Evans
Mr Mike Fitzpatrick
Mr Richard Harris
Ms Sharon Kent
Mr Tim McDonald
Ms Jennie Nairn
Mr John Nairn
Ms Meagan Norbury
Mr Andrew Rule
Ms Dianne Rule
Ms Jillian Stewart
Ms Heather Thorne
Mr Mark Wagner
Mr David Windlow