October 2016 Newsletter

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week

World Spinal Cord Injury Day

We launched the inaugural World Spinal Cord Injury Day on Monday 5 September by hosting a special lunch at the Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre. All the spinal unit patients and their families, as well as the special team of doctors, nurses and support staff, were invited.

This global day is an initiative of the International Spinal Cord Society, aimed at increasing awareness of injury prevention and an inclusive life for people with a spinal cord injury.

On this day, organisations around the world, including the Australian and New Zealand Spinal Cord Society, undertook activities to promote access and inclusion, and eliminate obstacles that people face everyday in their efforts to pursue their goals.

World Spinal Cord Injury Day also launched Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week 2016 in Australia.

 Hampstead Lunch  Hampstead Lunch  Hampstead Lunch
 Hampstead Lunch  Hampstead Lunch  Hampstead Lunch

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week (SCIAW), from 5-11 September 2016, asked all Australians to ‘think again’ about what it means to have a spinal cord injury.

The week is an initiative of the Australian Spinal Injury Alliance, and it is a time to consider the ways you can have a positive impact on the lives of people with spinal cord injury.

One person every day sustains a spinal cord injury in Australia – it can happen to anyone at any time.

This year, to acknowledge SCIAW, we set up a popup stall at the Adelaide Central Markets on Saturday 10 September. We were greeted by many shoppers interested in finding out more about spinal cord injury and its causes and preventions. We were also greeted by many children who enjoyed receiving a PQSA / HomeCare+ balloon.

 Adelaide Central Markets  Adelaide Central Markets  Adelaide Central Markets
 Adelaide Central Markets  Adelaide Central Markets  Adelaide Central Markets

One Moment In Time Banner

Leading up to SCIAW, we organised a competition amongst our staff, asking for a road safety message we could display at our Adelaide office facing the Greenhill and Fullarton Road intersection.

We had two winners of the competition who both came up with the message – “One Moment in Time”. We would like to thank everyone who entered the competition, especially our winners Cassandra James (Graphic Designer, PQSA and HomeCare+) and Megan Quirk (Team Leader, Programs, PQSA), who both received a prize.

SCIAW banner

SCIAW Ambassador

Each year for SCIAW, we nominate an ambassador for our “Think I Can’t, Think Again” campaign. This year, we asked Elise Summerton to be our poster girl.

Elise Summerton

Elise has an amazing story of how her road accident changed her life completely, but not for the worst. Elise is a true believer in making the most of each day, and uses her time for public speaking about Spinal Cord Injury, travelling, and starting up her own business making and selling natural body care.