Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week

S.C.I.A.W. 2016

This year during SCIAW, we will be hosting a luncheon at the Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre for all our clients and hospital staff in recognition of Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day.

On Saturday 10 September, we will be at the Adelaide Central Markets between 7am and 2pm giving away lots of goodies. Our pop up stand will be located at the western entrance close to Charlesworth Nuts. All are welcome to come and join us.

The new Adelaide Office will also have a large banner attached to the building during the week. We hope that our road safety message “One Moment in Time” will make motorists stop and think whilst driving along the busy Greenhill and Fullarton Roads.

Each year, we ask a client of PQSA to be the face of SCIAW. This year, we have the wonderful Elise as our super star, featured on all our marketing materials for the week. We had a fantastic time photographing Elise, and hope her story will help others to live their potential. To read her story, click on the picture below.

Elise Summerton

World Spinal Cord Injury Day

The inaugural World Spinal Cord Injury Day on Monday 5 September will launch this year’s Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week in Australia.

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, will be undertaking activities to promote access and inclusion, and eliminate obstacles that people face every day in their efforts to pursue their goals.

With no known cure at this point in time, a spinal cord injury is a lifelong disability. Take a moment this World Spinal Cord Injury Day to discuss with your family, your employer or your local council the ways in which you can eliminate barriers for people living with a spinal cord injury.

About SCIAW 2016

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week, from 5-11 September 2016, asks 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.

However, with the right equipment, services, support and a society that is inclusive and accessible, people can overcome barriers to achieve their goals.

About the Alliance

The Australian Spinal Injury Alliance, representing eight of Australia’s state based spinal cord injury organisations, was established to provide a national voice for the 15,000 Australians who have sustained a spinal cord injury.

The eight organisations which make up the alliance are AQA Victoria Ltd. (AQA), Independence Australia, the ParaQuad Association of Tasmania Inc., ParaQuad NSW, PQSA, Spinal Cord Injuries Australia, Spinal Life Australia and Spine & Limb Foundation (WA).

Our role is to work collectively to represent, at a national level, the interests of all Australians who have sustained a spinal cord injury via five key priorities:

  • Government liaison
  • Advocacy
  • Injury prevention
  • Information sharing and
  • Awareness raising

Our goal is to deliver a National Spinal Cord Injury Strategy that will lay the foundation for better outcomes, both social and economic, for all Australians who have sustained a spinal cord injury.

We are also collaborating on national injury prevention and awareness raising campaigns, including Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week, which falls in September this year.

Individuals across our collective organisations have collated the information you will find on this website. If you have any questions about anything you see or read here, reach out to us via social media or you can find contact details here.