Our visionary partners and generous supporters
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SCIA thanks the philanthropic organisations that generously support our initiatives and partners with shared values who help us to create a world where people with spinal cord injury, neurological conditions and other disabilities can thrive.
We thank our supporters for their generosity. These amazing philanthropic organisations make a lasting difference to the community.
SCIA strives to create tailored mutually beneficial partnerships. The partnerships listed below are active partnerships with organisations who, like us, seek the best possible outcomes for our community.
Access to travel is important to SCIA’s members and clients which is why we have a partnership with Accessible Accommodation. The team all have lived experience of disability, they get it. They also have 50 frequently asked questions, a three-tiered classification system and video footage of all properties. Booking with Accessible Accommodation gives people with disability piece of mind.
Partnering with a world leading organisation like Apple brings the latest accessible innovations into the lives of people with a spinal cord injury. Apple consults with our community. They know that SCIA support so many clients and members with changing technology needs and they constantly update their products to cater for these needs.
Problem Management Engineering (PME) have been a leader in car modifications for over 30 years and have been assisting clients and members at SCIA with all their auto mobility needs as they arise. PME have been pioneering custom car modifications to meet clients’ individual needs allowing them freedom and independence regardless of their injuries.
Brain Injury Australia is the gateway to a nationwide network for optimising the social and economic participation of all Australians living with brain injury. SCIA and Brain Injury Australia have a long-standing partnership working closely together, collaborating on projects, sharing communications and opportunities and supporting each other’s clients and families.
SCIA have collaborated with Coloplast for almost 7 years because they are an organisation putting the client first. Their product knowledge is first class, and they go the extra mile to help clients and their families understand the process of good continence. They understand good bowel and bladder maintenance leads to better health outcomes after sustaining a SCI.
Clayton Utz is one of Australia’s leading a full-service commercial law firms and offer pro bono legal support to SCIA. They have a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion and is committed to addressing disadvantage in Australia. In addition to their general support of SCIA, Clayton Utz have also provided guidance to us when beginning our Reconciliation Action Plan.
Cnb Safe helps employers and employees to understand the importance of safety in the workplace through sharing lived experience of workplace injuries – ultimately preventing life changing injuries, such as SCI. Check out the book ‘12 Reasons Not to Get Hurt at Work’ or book one of their safety speakers.
Edith Cowan University and SCIA have built a strong partnership since joining forces back in 2011. Our Perth NeuroMoves clinic operates out of the beautiful ECU Joondalup Campus. Our partnership paves the way for PhD opportunities through our clinic and we continue to be a major component of the Exercise Medicine Research Institute (EMRI).
SCIA and Healthy North Coast have develop partnerships since the February 2022 floods. HNC has provided assistance in funding site based rent relief to allow NeuroMoves Lismore to operate our valued service in the Health Hub at the Southern Cross University Lismore. We hope to continue this partnership into the future with expanding opportunities to collaborate.
Hireup is an NDIS registered online platform that allows clients to connect to support workers that are best for them. Using the portal clients can find, hire and manage a team of disability support workers. Hireup are also passionately believe in providing further support to people with a disability allowing clients to give 1% of their costs back to SCIA.
iCare provide insurance and care services to businesses, people and communities of NSW. When a person is injured in the workplace or the road, iCare supports their care needs to improve quality of life, and possible return to work. iCare supports our work in the spinal units of NSW by funding of the Peer and Family Support program.
Personal injury specialists, Law Partners are committed to supporting clients beyond the legal services they offer. To achieve this, they support our Spinal Injury Unit Peer Support Team through knowledge share and with financial support. Their generosity allows the Team to provide much needed assistance to newly injured people and their families.
Lotterywest is uniquely the only Government owned and operated lottery in Australia. They have supported the community for almost 90 years with their purpose ‘To enhance the quality of life and wellbeing of all Western Australians through the funding and support they provide their beneficiaries and by running their lottery business with excellence and integrity.’ In 2018, they part funded the beautiful Perth Transition House and have been instrumental in supporting the needs of people with a disability to use the facility.
The McCusker Charitable Foundation was established for charitable purposes aimed at improving health and education, with particular emphasis on Western Australia. They are a co funder of SCIA’s Perth Transition House and a valuable supporter of the work that SCIA does for people with disabilities.
The NDIS provides funding to eligible people with disability to gain more time with family and friends, greater independence, access to new skills, jobs, or volunteering in their community, and an improved quality of life. SCIA works with clients who are supported through the NDIS daily and where possible provides guidance to the NDIS in our areas of expertise.
SCIA partner with NeuRA on a range of research initiatives including several that include NeuroMoves staff. NeuRA is an independent, not-for-profit research institute based in Sydney, Australia. As a leader in brain and nervous system research, their goal is to prevent, treat and cure brain and nervous system diseases, disorders and injuries through medical research.
Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation is a long-term supporter of Spinal Cord Injuries Australia in NSW regional communities. In 2016, it was an important partner in the establishment of a regional NeuroMoves site in Lismore and has also provided support for respite accommodation in Coffs Harbour. It is currently helping SCIA to establish a community-based peer support program in the Hunter region.We are proud partners with NPCF in providing services and opportunities to improve the wellbeing of people living with spinal and neuro conditions in NSW regional communities.
Help Australians with disabilities participate in sport and compete at the Paralympic Games. We work alongside Paralympic Australia in their Multi Sport Events and looking at developing this partnership further.
Permobil have partnered with SCIA for over 10 years. They are a leader in mobility equipment and assistive technology and a trusted organisation within the disability sector. Having the right equipment is vital for SCIA clients and members, it is, our gateway to independence and community engagement. Permobil are also an inclusive employer, employing several PWD in their organisation.
SCIA is a member of Reconciliation NSW. In 2021 we proudly launched our first Reconciliation Action Plan. Reconciliation NSW have helped us along our journey through sharing their expertise, knowledge and connections so that we can continue to learn about the importance of Reconciliation and ensure we offer cultural safe services.
Royal Rehab is a world class brain and spinal rehabilitation facility offering an excellence in service provision to all its patients. Royal Rehab is also renowned for supported accommodation services, its private hospitals and community services that deliver holistic quality care. Working closely with SCIA they fully endorse the peer support program and a variety of other initiatives within SCIA.
Sargood is a purpose-built resort for people with an SCI and their families on the shores of Colloroy beach. SCIA works with Sargood on innovative programs that support our clients. We hold regular BBQ’s and social catch ups as well as work with them to offer clients and members the opportunity to try new sporting ventures at their facility.
SCU and SCIA have built a strong partnership since opening in 2017. Our Lismore NeuroMoves clinic operates out of the beautiful SCU Health Clinic in the Lismore Campus. Our partnership provides both student supervision and experience with NeuroMoves. Also collaborating Neurological and Spinal Cord Injury experience through tutoring the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2022.
SpinalCure is Australia’s premier nationally operating Not for Profit organisation funding spinal cord injury research. They are committed to making a cure for spinal cord injury not only achievable but available and fund breakthrough technologies, data, and creative thinking. SCIA works with SpinalCure on a range of projects including a current project utilising NeuroMoves staff.
Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association is a Queensland based organisation with a mission to engage, empower and develop people with a disability to live a more healthy, active and fulfilled life of their choosing. SCIA delivers our NeuroMoves Activity Based Therapy (ABT) and Locomotor Training (LT) at this facility.
The Stan Perron Charitable Foundation was established in 1978 to support a range of charitable causes especially those related to the health and wellbeing of Western Australian children. They have been a supporter of SCIA for many years and in 2018 co funded the Perth Transition House.
The Y (Previously YMCA) is a non-profit organisation which has been running for 175 years. They offer youth, disability and children’s programs In 2016 SCIA and the YMCA entered a partnership at Angle Park South Australia to deliver NeuroMoves. In 2022 this partnership expanded to another Y centre at Hove.
UCRH provides a multidisciplinary centre of excellence in education of students for clinical practice in rural health and conducts research relevant to the health needs of rural communities situated within the Northern Rivers region of NSW and elsewhere. UCRH and NeuroMoves Lismore have been in partnership since 2018 to provide valuable opportunities for Rural placements in the neurological field.
Run nine sports for all ages from grassroots to elite competition. We work at Wheelchair Sports NSW with their Junior Wheelies camps, with NeuroMoves staff being involved on the day to provide a warmup for attendees before their big day of sport.
Founded in 2016, Wheels in Motion is reframing expectations of disability by building a community around a movement. A community that understands disability as a social construct, not a means to define someone’s potential; one that includes and empowers, not pities. We want to change what people expect from those with a disability, whilst changing what people expect from a charity, too. Wheels in Motion harnesses the enthusiasm and generosity of its supporters to both raise funds and break down the invisible barriers facing people living with spinal cord injuries in Australia. They have been long term supporters of NeuroMoves and assisted persons to attend who have faced financial barriers.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“Permobil and Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA) are committed to innovation that creates independence and freedom for people with spinal cord injury, and together we’ve worked on social and educational events for people with spinal cord injury. We’re proud to say that SCIA is one of the most professional organisations in Australia and is absolutely dedicated to their members.”
Olivia Tomka, Marketing Manager Permobil
There are many ways to develop a partnership with Spinal Cord Injuries Australia. Whether you’re an individual, a community or commercial organisation – contact us to find out how we can work together to make a real difference to those living with a spinal cord injury.