PQSA was first known as The Paraplegic Association established on 3 June 1963. Initially run by volunteers, our primary role was advocacy for those requiring a wheelchair for mobility. As demand grew for our services, the Association expanded across the South East, establishing a division in Mount Gambier.
Throughout the 1970s, the Association introduced sport and social activities, the introduction of the Independent Living Program, two training houses, and the appointment of Liaison Support at the Hampstead Spinal Unit.
Near the end of the 1980s, the organisation introduced HomeCare+ to our range of services and established an outreach service. Through the following decade, HomeCare+ continued to develop with the changing needs in the community and maintains a pivotal role in our service delivery.
In 2014, the Association rebranded and became known as PQSA. Today, we are the peak community body supporting people living with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) to live their potential and with our regional expansion, PQSA is truly a South Australian community organisation.