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Media Release: Spotlight on research gives hope for ongoing support

The announcement of biomolecular scientist Professor Alan Mackay-Sim as Australian of the Year affirms the importance of persistence in finding solutions for people who have sustained a spinal cord injury.

This award creates awareness of yet another advancement in medical science for people living with a disability.

Spinal Life Australia’s Executive Manager, Frances Porter said, “We are thrilled with the announcement. Professor Mackay-Sim’s extensive work towards finding a cure for paralysis gives people living with a spinal cord injury new hope.”

Frances said while the new research and results of the Clinical Trial may not give a person back their full mobility it’s ground-breaking to see how it will improve people’s lives.

“While we’re doing everything we can to prevent spinal cord injury, it’s not always avoidable. Even small improvements, such as increased function of muscles like the triceps will allow people to become more independent. This will result in them needing to rely on other people less and give them a better quality of life.”

“Like Alan, we give our full support to the Australian Government to invest in the future of our young scientists. Continuing this research will promote independence of those living with a spinal cord injury and reduce future health costs,” said Frances.

For sixty years, Spinal Life Australia has fearlessly advocated and supported people and their families across Queensland to find the best quality of life and enjoy independence we all desire.