Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week, running this year from 2 to 8 September, highlights current issues impacting people living with spinal cord injury.
The week is a national initiative of the Australian Spinal Injury Alliance, representing eight of the country’s leading spinal cord injury organisations, including Spinal Life Australia.
After feedback from people with spinal cord injuries about challenges and key issues that need to be addressed, the theme for the 2019 Awareness Week was chosen as NDIS – Planning for Success.
With the NDIS having a significant impact on the lives of Australians with spinal cord injury, this year’s Awareness Week aims to promote effective and comprehensive plans and the development of a national scheme that can meet the many complex needs of people with spinal cord damage.
As part of Spinal Life Australia’s ongoing state and national advocacy campaigns, we’ve pushed for a more flexible NDIS which funds air conditioning for people who cannot regulate their body temperature, commonly experienced by people with spinal cord damage.
We have also advocated for funding to be provided for disability-related nursing services, amid a lack of clarity about whether this was the responsibility of the NDIS or state-based health systems.
We recently welcomed the announcement that the NDIS will be funding disability-related health services from 1 October, including community nursing such as wound care and catheter changes.
This is a step in the right direction of a more comprehensive NDIS.
We also regularly work with our members and clients on individual planning and advocacy assistance with the NDIS to make sure they can make the most of their plan to live an independent and empowered life.
If you need assistance with planning for the NDIS and preparing for reviews, we provide a supports coordination and advocacy service to help navigate any challenges you may be facing, and ensure you get a plan that meets your needs while giving you the freedom to achieve your goals.
As the NDIS completes its rollout in Queensland and Western Australia this year, Spinal Life Australia is advocating for the scheme to continue evolving to deliver the best possible outcomes for participants with spinal cord injury, as well as all Australians with a disability.
Click here to watch a video that further explores this year’s Spinal Cord Injury Awareness theme.