Spinal Life Australia is delighted to acknowledge a significant step forward in addressing the pressing needs of individuals with spinal cord injuries.
The State Government’s announcement of a $20 million investment to enhance the existing Spinal Injuries Unit (SIU) and the commitment to construct a modern replacement unit at the Queensland Spinal Cord Injury Service at Princess Alexandra Hospital is truly commendable.
Spinal Life Australia CEO Mark Townend said Spinal Life has been steadfast in advocating for a larger and more contemporary SIU with more staff and beds for many years.
“We’re heartened by the willingness of the Premier and Health Minister Shannon Fentiman MP to engage with us, as well as individuals with disabilities and industry representatives, in the decision-making process,” Mark said.
“This inclusive approach speaks to the government’s commitment to fostering a healthcare system that genuinely meets the needs of the community it serves.
“We appreciate the warm and authentic engagement we have shared with the government throughout this journey. It reflects a genuine dedication to understanding the challenges faced by the disability community and a sincere effort to find meaningful solutions.
“These tough decisions haven’t been made easily, but they are timely and sensible, addressing immediate concerns whilst simultaneously charting a course towards a more forward-looking future. Patients, their families, and loved ones deserve nothing less, and we believe the measures announced will greatly improve the lives of people with disabilities for generations to come.
“Spinal Life Australia remains committed to working collaboratively with the government as these plans take shape, ensuring the voices of those who rely on the SIU are heard and integrated into the implementation process. Our goal is to create an environment where individuals with spinal cord injuries receive the highest quality care in facilities that are both cutting-edge and compassionate, taking into account the many months patients will spend during the rehabilitation process.”