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Read some real life stories and watch videos about how spinal damage impacts lives.

Paul took four months to come home from work. This is his story.

One Thursday afternoon I went to work and came home four months later using a wheelchair I had planned on going fishing after work, but just as we were packing up for the day we got a call from the boss asking us to help unload a switch board off the back of a truck […]

Gaming device gives Jay back his competitive edge

A revolutionary game controller for people with quadriplegia has allowed Jay Hooker to find his competitive streak again and compete with others from across the globe, along with his friends. The QuadStick is a mouth-operated joystick which has four sip and puff sensors, a lip position sensor, and a push switch for a variety of […]

Living with physical disability

A spinal injury or other physical disability is life changing, in so many ways. Watch the Sharing the Lived Experience video produced by our Peer Support team. . This inspiring video will give you a glimpse behind closed doors and show you how they live their lives. You can also meet one of our volunteers, […]

Ruth’s journey gaining independence

A Papua New Guinean Woman’s Experience of Australian Community-based Spinal Cord Injury Management, Six Years Post-Injury Presented to the Australian and New Zealand Spinal Cord Society (ANZSCoS) Annual Scientific Meeting, Auckland, 19-21 November 2014 By Joanne Ede, Occupational Therapist, Spinal Allied Health Service of Spinal Injuries Australia Within just months of arriving in Brisbane from Papua New Guinea, […]

Paul’s story

Hear why it took Paul four months to get home from work Spinal Education Awareness Team (SEAT) presenter Paul Bailey will share his personal story and safety messages with residents in Julia Creek and Cloncurry as part of two free community events. In February 2007, the Gold Coast father was working as an electrician at a […]

Meet Melissa, a former police officer and long term client

Former policewoman Melissa Pierce is well-known to many at Spinal Injuries Australia, particularly the High Support Team of Personal Support Plus. Melissa, better known as Bis, was assisted in 2011 by this team to experience her son’s school assembly for the first time since a mystery illness left her with serious spinal and brain stem injury in 2003. Confined to bed for […]

Motherhood’s the same no matter what other challenges life throws at you

May is always a special time for Mount Sheridan’s Bernadette Nolan – the month that celebrates both the birthday of her young son Jasper and Mother’s Day. Bernadette (Bernie) and her partner Craig thought they may never have children as Bernie has paraplegia and uses a wheelchair. Now 38, Bernie was just 18 when she […]

Read how Geoff returned to cattle grazing

Geoff in his new Magic Mobility X8 Power wheelchair. Geoff Stralow is a 44-year-old cattle farmer with a complete T9 spinal cord injury who lives on the outskirts of Charters Towers; a town situated approximately 140kms west of Townsville. Geoff lives independently at home and runs and operates a number of properties across far north […]

Read how Lyn saw her daughter walk down the aisle

Seeing her youngest daughter Raani walk down the aisle and marry her childhood sweetheart was not only one of Lyn Elsley’s happiest days, but also one of her most pain-free days in almost a decade. After sustaining paraplegia following post thyroid surgery complications in April 2003, Lyn has been on a constant quest to find a […]

Meet Jarrod who is back at work in his family business

I acquired a spinal cord injury at the T8 – T9 level after an accident at work. At the time, I was working in my family business, Chipmunks Tree Services, and was just about to take over management of the business from my father before the accident happened. Acquiring spinal cord injury, at first, led […]