Today marks the start of Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week, which aims to raise awareness of the thousands of Australians with a spinal cord injury and the challenges they face, and conquer, each day.
The national initiative, which will run from 3 to 9 September, was created by the Australian Spinal Injury Alliance to challenge perceptions on what it means to have a spinal cord injury.
The Australian Spinal Injury Alliance represents Australia’s largest eight spinal cord injury organisations, including Spinal Life Australia.
Spinal Life Chief Executive Officer Michael Powell said Awareness Week puts a spotlight on the lives and achievements of people who have sustained a spinal cord injury.
“Rather than focus on the limitations caused by a spinal cord injury, this week focuses on what is still possible,” Mr Powell said.
“We work with many members who have sustained quadriplegia or paraplegia and gone on to lead a fulfilling and accomplished life, including raising a family, building a career, travelling the world or just living the best life they can.
“A spinal cord injury may be a life changing event, but it is not a life ending one.”
World Spinal Cord Injury Day, an initiative of the International Spinal Cord Society, will also take place during Awareness Week on 5 September.
On that day, we will be hosting an afternoon tea at the Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Spinal Injuries Unit, bringing together patients, families and staff for the occasion.
We will also be hosting a series of member meetings and lunches at Cairns, Rockhampton, Mackay, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Townsville, Bribie Island and Perth and to mark Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week and Disability Action Week.
For more information on Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week, visit www.sciaw.com.au.
For more information on how a spinal cord injury affects the body, visit www.spinal.com.au/resources/spine.