A spinal cord injury causes many changes to a person’s life;
your gift assists ParaQuad support people through these changes

Here is a typical comment from Warren a ParaQuad member who sustained a spinal cord injury in 1970 during a Rugby Union game. At age 17 he became quadriplegic. Following his injury Warren worked successfully as an art director with the Fairfax publishing company, studied graphic design, married, enjoyed life and expressed his artistic talent through painting – until his marriage broke down.

“I am now doing much better in my day-to-day life and I’m even painting again. You need to know that it was you who rescued me at my most vulnerable time…You were exactly the right person, and I remember that phone call so well, but then you came to see me ASAP and really got me back together on that single visit…”

Warren had contacted ParaQuad’s Spinal Wellbeing Service when his marriage broke down last year. Our social worker assisted and supported Warren through the ups and downs associated with this emotionally stressful time. Warren also sought assistance from ParaQuad’s occupational therapist who prescribed him with more appropriate equipment as he ages with his spinal cord injury to help maintain his independence.

Through the ParaQuad NSW Spinal Wellbeing Service, Warren was able to pick himself up and look at his life in a different light. Please click here for his story.

Your generous gift can help ParaQuad assist many other people like Warren when they find themselves facing major life changes and they need our help.

Thank you for your generous support. Please click here to donate.


In NSW, the first stage of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been launched in the Hunter. Servicing the Hunter region for over 40 years, ParaQuad NSW is an experienced registered provider to support you with National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Who will be eligible for support in the first stage locations of an NDIS?
When fully implemented, the NDIS will provide support to people who have a permanent and significant disability, which affects their ability to participate in the community or employment and requires care and support.

If you are a person with a disability and you meet the access requirements you can become a participant in the scheme. As a participant, you will be able to access NDIS individualised planning processes to identify the reasonable and necessary supports you need to enable you to achieve your goals. To get an idea about whether you meet the access requirements, you can use the My Access Checker which is available at www.disabilitycareaustralia.gov.au/my-access-checker. The tool is anonymous and will determine if you can access assistance from NDIS.

How can ParaQuad NSW assist me?
ParaQuad NSW is a registered NDIS provider in New South Wales that supports the following classes of support:

• Accommodation/tenancy assistance
• Assistance with daily personal activities and household tasks
• Assistive equipment for leisure, recreation, general tasks and demands
• Assistive products for household tasks
• Assistive technology specialist assessment, set up and training
• Participation in community, social and civic activities
• Specialised assessment of skills, abilities and needs
• Managing life stages, transitions and supports
• Assistive products for personal care and safety
• Development of daily living and life skills
• Management of funding for support under a participants plan
• Physical wellbeing activities
• Training for independence in travel and transport

Where can I find more information about the first stage?
Website:  www.disabilitycareaustralia.gov.au
Phone:  1800 800 110  Skype:  1800 800 110 FREE  8am-8pm (EST) weekdays

For more Information on Services
For more information contact ParaQuad’s Northern Region Branch on Tel: 4969 6388 or Email: newcastle@paraquad.org.au.   Website: www.paraquad.org.au