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The SEAT program

SEAT community safety program for P to 12

Young people are most at risk of a traumatic spinal cord injury, with most admissions to Queensland’s Spinal Injuries Unit aged between 16 and 25 years (2003-2013 average).

That’s why we’ve spent 28 years developing the SEAT program to raise awareness in young people of how they can stay safe, for life.

Volunteer SEAT presenters all have a spinal cord injury, use a wheelchair and:

  • Inform students of risk factors for spinal cord injurySEAT community safety program
  • Deliver age appropriate safety messages for all grades from Prep to 12
  • Fit in with your school’s preferred timing (wherever possible)
  • Cover subjects including
    • Road safety
    • Water safety
    • Peer pressure
    • How the spine and spinal cord work
    • Disability awareness
    • Playing sport safely and
    • Making good choices while out with friends

Our program content aligns with the national curriculum’s Health and Physical Education learning area and come with free teacher resources.

For primary schools

There are three multi-media programs used for a primary school audience.  Click on each heading below for more information about these programs.

Years Prep-3: Play by the rules

The students learn how to decide which people and things make environments and activities safe. They are also encouraged to think about and demonstrate ways to promote personal safety and the safety of others.

Animated characters Ella and Jack lead the way with some entertaining games and activities. The Prep-1 variation of the program includes a game of ‘Simon Says’, which helps to explain the function of the spine and spinal cord. Years 2-3 play a safety-themed word game to reinforce key messages.

Years 4-5: Do the right thing

The Year 4 and 5 students learn how to identify hazardous situations and demonstrate actions to respond to unsafe and emergency situations. They are provided with information about how the brain and spine work together; the difference between paraplegia and quadriplegia is explained; and messages about how to stay safe when riding a bicycle or swimming are shared.

A fun, interactive game “Ring the Harm Alarm” helps to reinforce safety messages.

Year 6: Making smart choices

Videos featuring real life high risk scenarios for this age group are shown and discussed, highlighting the dangers of peer pressure as well as key safety messages including the importance of wearing a helmet, checking the water before jumping in and seatbelts to name a few.

This program also gives insight into how people with paraplegia or quadriplegia do everyday things. Students watch and discuss a series of videos showing how people who use a wheelchair drive a car, go swimming, exercise and much more.

Teacher resources are available here.

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For secondary schools

The SEAT program for a secondary school audience covers:

  • the anatomy and physiology of the spine
  • the effects of a spinal cord injury
  • the difference between paraplegia and quadriplegia
  • risk factors for spinal cord and other traumatic injuries
  • safety messages aimed at preventing spinal cord and other serious injuries
  • lifestyle challenges of people with a spinal cord injury
  • the positive inclusion of people with a disability into the community

Teacher resources are available here.

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Program sponsors

SEAT has joined the drive to save lives! SEAT South Queensland is supported by the Department of Transport and Main Roads via a Community Road Safety Grant. Almost half of all traumatic spinal cord injuries are caused by road trauma so road safety is an integral part of what we do.

The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services is a long-time supporter of the SEAT program, recognising that we raise awareness of disability, helping to create the inclusive communities of the future.

The Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) is another long-time and valued sponsor of the SEAT program. In the past, MAIC has also donated funds for vital equipment and to produce Community Service Announcements dedicated to injury prevention.

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