About us

AlanIt may sound strange at first, but here at Spinal Injuries Australia, we don’t care for people.

We support and empower them.

There’s a big difference.

Our members and clients are living their lives to the fullest, just differently than they used to. They have husbands and wives and families. They have exciting jobs and careers, play sports, travel overseas and contribute to their local communities in all sorts of ways.

Our organisation is proud to be a Quality Assured, not-for-profit, membership-based organisation, representing 2,000 members and clients around the state. Our offices are located in Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns.

Our vision: That people with a spinal injury are able to live in an equitable, inclusive, integrated community, independently able to access every aspect of
and contribute to the fabric of their region.

Our purpose: Enhancing the lives of people with a spinal injury.

Our values: Members and Clients, People,
Thinking, Drive, and Stewardship of Resources. Read more.

2010 marked an enormous milestone for Spinal Injuries Australia (formerly the Spinal Injuries Association) as we celebrated 50 years of working hard to give people a voice – to ensure that people with a spinal injury have the opportunity to be heard by all sectors of the community with the aim of achieving equity, independence and inclusiveness

In essence, our role is to provide support to men and women with services including personal assistance in the home, employment assistance, advocacy on a wide range of issues, and healthcare and lifestyle advice. Our services range from supporting a newly-injured person still in hospital to providing assistance and advice throughout that person’s life as required.

But we are so much more than just a service provider. We are there for them when they need us, from injury to independence.

We don’t make decisions for people. We make sure they have a choice and the right to make that choice.

We don’t want special, separate services for people with spinal injuries. Why shouldn’t they be able to use the same services as everyone else?

We don’t endorse group homes or people being forced to live together simply because they have a disability. We should all have the right to choose where we live and who with.

Our organisation is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with a spinal injury. We are passionate in our commitment to rebuilding lives, promoting and celebrating independence, and preventing injuries.

Spinal Injuries Association member Charlie with his children.