Spinal Life Australia Chief Executive Officer Michael Powell said he was ‘overwhelmed’ by the level of regional support received for the launch of the new Spinal Life Bundaberg office.
A crowd of around 70 clients, members, staff, politicians and Bundaberg community representatives attended the official opening ceremony this morning at the office at 290 Bourbong Street.
Mr Powell said the opening of the Bundaberg office was a significant first step towards a more region-focused approach to service delivery for members and clients with spinal damage or a related physical disability.
“It’s fantastic to have more of a local presence,” Mr Powell said.
“Our members and clients in the Bundaberg and Wide Bay region often have to travel to Brisbane or wait for a specialist Occupational Therapist to come to them.
“With the opening of the new office, they can now access specialised services locally whenever they need us.
“It’s the first step in our ‘hub and spoke’ approach to regional service delivery but it certainly won’t be the last.”
The new office will also have space for training and Member Network meetings and will allow clients and members to better engage and network with their peers and Spinal Life Australia staff.
Bundaberg member Pat Allison said she was delighted to have better access to localised services.
“It’s fantastic; I wish it opened even sooner,” Ms Allison said during the opening.
“I’ve been talking with other members from the region and we’re all looking forward to the extra convenience.
“If something happens that requires urgent attention, we can now go straight to the office instead of having to travel to Brisbane or wait for someone to come here which can often take some time.
“It will also be handy to have somewhere local we can go to discuss the NDIS as it’s been a big issue since the rollout.”
The NDIS Bundaberg rollout commenced in October this year.