We are here for you during this time
Supporting people with SCI and other neurological conditions during COVID-19
How we help
We help you overcome barriers, achieve goals and live an independent life.
Help us support those with a spinal cord injury throughout their life
How would you like to donate
How much would you like to donatedonate now
Membership is free
Membership for people with a disability and their immediate family and carers is free.Join the SCIA community
#DonateMyCommute to SCIA
Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA) still helps people every step of their journey with a spinal cord injury, and other neurological disabilities, and we would love to keep continuing our mission to give much needed support to people who need it most, especially at a time like this.
#DonateMyCommute is a way for you to be able to keep supporting us. If you can, consider donating the weekly cost of your usual bus fare, train ticket, or petrol.
To donate simply click this link. You'll be making a massive difference where it’s needed most.
Coronavirus Updates and Information
In light of the recent outbreak of the coronavirus, SCIA has implemented a SCIA Coronavirus Policy which outlines the additional precautionary measures we have undertaken, as well as helpful links for further information about the virus.
Spinal Cord Injuries Australia would like to assure our clients and members that their safety and well being is of highest priority.
All SCIA staff will continue to practice high hygiene and risk minimising measures, and we encourage our clients to do the same.
- Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds or using a 60% minimum alcohol-based hand sanitiser
- Maintain 1.5 metres distance between yourself and others around youUsing a tissue to cover your mouth and nose area or cover with your elbow when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of the tissue immediately.
- If you feel unwell, please seek medical advice from the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080. This line is monitored 24 hours a day
Information and Updates
We would like to share with you the latest updates regarding your health, safety and wellbeing during this time.
Please click any of the links below to find out information relevant to you. If you need further support please contact us on 1800 819 775 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Australian Government’s Department of Health website
- National Disability Insurance Scheme Disaster Response
- Woolworths Priority Assistance Delivery Service
- Coles Community Hour and Access to Everyday Essentials
- Woolworths Community Hour information
- COVID-19 Resources for people with a Disability
- 10 ways to take care of yourself during coronavirus
All NeuroMoves sites and SCIA offices have additional sanitizing stands as a precautionary measure, and continue to follow a strict culture of hygiene. We recommend clients cancel their sessions if they are feeling unwell and to visit their local GP.
People with coronavirus may experience:feverflu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigueshortness of breath
We advise you to contact your local GP should you experience any/or all of the above symptoms, or refer to the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080. for further information.
SCIA appreciates your understanding and believes these measures will help in minimising the impact of associated health risks of coronavirus.
We will continue to monitor the status of coronavirus as the situation evolves and keep our clients updated on any changes to SCIA services, which may affect you directly.
For further information relating to your SCIA service, please contact our Customer Connect Team on 1800 819 775 or email email@example.com.
Vale - Trevor Annetts (1949 - 2020)
Trevor Annetts, one of the founding members of Spinal Cord Injuries Australia sadly passed away recently.
Trevor, who had a severe spinal cord injury, was a fierce advocate for disability rights in the community, and was part of a group who, back in 1966, were determined to find alternative independent accommodation in a world where being permanently housed within a nursing home was the only option for people with high level disabilities.
From that moment, Trevor helped form the Australian Quadriplegic Association, or as you know it, Spinal Cord Injuries Australia.
He also helped implement a pilot program in the early 1980's for recording traffic reports that would eventually become our Geo and Data team.
Without Trevor we wouldn’t have the organisation that we do today.
Have your say at the NSW Disability Inclusion Act consultations
The New South Wales Government is reviewing the New South Wales Disability Inclusion Act to see if it has achieved its aims, and to look at what needs to be done to bring it up to date.
In order to ensure that the views of people with disability are properly represented we are holding a community consultation to obtain feedback from our members and supporters. The Physical Disability Council of NSW is hosting this consultation in collaboration with the SCIA, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, MDNSW and Stroke Recovery Association.
Date: Wednesday 11 March, 2020
Where: McKell Room, New South Wales Parliament House
6 Macquarie Street, Sydney 2000
When: 1:00pm - 3:00pm or 5:00pm - 7:00pm
RSVP: Click here
If you are a SCIA member or person with disability, we invite you to register your interest in attending.
SCIA will be making a submission to this important review. We’d love to hear your feedback on things such as:
- Is it your experience that Disability Inclusion Action Plans, which are required by the Act, are working effectively or not?
- Do you feel you have gained better access to community because of them?
- Do you think the Disability Inclusion Act has achieved its goals?
- What do you think could be done to improve the Act?
The deadline for submissions and the survey is 30 March, 2020.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
SCIA's Social Enterprise has changed my life. After training and building confidence, I've been working for the last 12 years.