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NeuroMoves Canberra - Open Day
When: Monday 1st July – 3pm – 5pm OR Wednesday 3rd July – 10:00am – 12:00pm.
Where: Flynn Community Hub, 21 Bingle St, Flynn ACT 2615.
Who: Open invite to all allied health professionals, NDIS plan managers and support workers, medical specialist, rehab consultants, case managers, carers, and anyone that works with individuals who have a physical or neurological disability.
What: We would like to provide our colleagues in the healthcare industry and people with a disability the opportunity to come and see our facility, to exhibit our state of the art equipment, to introduce our passionate team and to allow everyone to gain an insight into how we are assisting individuals with a physical or neurological condition improve their lives.
Our programs include
• Accessible Gym – A community group gym for health and well being with a range of accessible gym equipment,. Empowering people with a disability to maintain a healthy lifestyle and encouraging social participation. We work with each client to develop an individualised program, assisting them throughout their session and monitoring their progress.
• Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) – FES applies small electrical impulses to paralysed muscles to restore and improve function. It can be applied on both upper and lower limbs or through a portable, multi-channel Xcite FES unit. FES has been proven to improve muscle activation, blood circulation, as well as to improve skin integrity, cardiovascular health, and joint range of motion.
• Activity Based Therapy (ABT) – An individually designed exercise program aimed to improve function, independence and mobility. This program involves repetitive, task-specific, dynamic and weight bearing activities all performed out of the wheelchair (where applicable). Some of the goals we work towards range from bed mobility, transfer training, standing or walking tolerance.
• Small group training – Groups of three that exercise in an engaging and motivating group environment. Groups focus on a mutual goal of either strength, cardiovascular fitness, balance, fine or gross motor skills.
• Strength and Conditioning (S&C) – A one-to-one gym session with an Exercise Physiologist aiming at targeting very specific muscles and optimising technique to maximise outcomes.
• Locomotor Training (LT) – a body-weight supported treadmill program aimed to stimulate the nervous system. It aims to promote recovery focusing on posture, standing and walking patterns, and to maximise a wide range of functional skills such core and trunk control, bladder and bowel functionality, strength and connectivity to the limbs.
HOW TO CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE
Please RSVP to Jessica Bingley via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend the open day. We hope to see you there!
SCIA welcomes research investment
Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA) welcomes the NSW State Government move to invest $15M into spinal cord injury research over 5 years. There are exciting developments happening in Australia and around the globe, and investment in research that helps to improve the lives of those living with spinal cord injury is to be applauded.
SCIA continues to collaborate with Spinal Cure Australia in the area of research and we congratulate them on their efforts and the announcement by the Berejiklian government.
Whilst the news is fantastic, clinical research take time and there are 15,000 Australians living with spinal cord injury today; and there will be another tomorrow, and the next day.
This is why SCIA continues to strive to offer its exercise, advocacy, employment, information, accommodation and peer support services to all those living with spinal cord injury, as we have done for over fifty years.
For further information, contact Simon Gerathy at 1800 819 775.
Coalition’s NDIS pre-election promises
On May 18, Australia went to the polls to vote in the latest Federal election and saw a re-elected Coalition government to lead over the next four years.
Before we voted, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) became a significant emotional issue with long-held concerns for people with disabilities and their families who felt like they are trapped in underfunded plans, slow review processes and inadequate staff training and knowledge.
This prompted the Coalition’s then Social Services Minister, Paul Fletcher, to announce significant changes in an attempt to give participants more certainty over their plans and force the agency to make decisions more quickly.
- People with disability will have a single point of contact with the NDIS, and can choose to be on a longer NDIS plan of up to 3 years if their disability is stable.
- Expand the NDIS community connectors program to support and assist hard to reach communities - including Indigenous Australians, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities and ageing parents of children with disability - to navigate the NDIS and get the services they or their children need.
- Introduce a new NDIS Participant Service Guarantee from 1 July 2020 – setting new standards for shorter timeframes for people with disability to get an NDIS plan and to have their plan reviewed, with a particular focus on children, and participants requiring specialist disability accommodation and assistive technology.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison pledged to make NDIS a priority and following this appointed Liberal MP Stuart Robert minister for the NDIS after the scheme was taken out of the social services portfolio.
More than 240, 000 Australians are currently covered by the NDIS, with 460,000 expected to join within the next couple of years.
National Road Safety Week
Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA) was a proud Silver Partner of this year’s National Road Safety Week (NRSW), which took place from 6-12 May.
Traumatic accidents involving a motor vehicle are accountable for 39% of spinal cord injuries. Sustaining a traumatic spinal cord injury can affect someone not just physically, but has an enormous emotional toll on the individual and their families. SCIA supports those affected by spinal cord injuries from the moment they arrive at the spinal unit, providing them, and their families, with lived experience and support throughout their recovery journey.
To view SCIA’s video in support of National Road Safety Week, please click the link below.
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