History

In 1961, ParaQuad NSW was established to provide a support system to people with a spinal cord injury by developing services and care regimes with the aim to help them achieve their life choices after injury.

Until the early 1980s, ParaQuad operated from a suburban house at Hurstville and had a small, but very active membership. The organisation grew, offering services such as the ‘Welfare Room’ which provided 10 product lines for members, ParaQuad Engineering and an Attendant Care Program, largely brought into being by CEO, Bob Duncan.

The organisation moved headquarters to Ashfield, then to Homebush, and in 2003, to a purpose-built site at Newington and added services such as accommodation and primary health care.

ParaQuad NSW has had a strong and professional leadership, both at Board and CEO level over the years.

Presidents/Chairman

Dr John MF Grant
Dr Edward Watts*
Mr David Kerr
Ms Wendy Potter* since 2004

Chief Executive Officers

Mr Ashley Coops* The founding Secretary/CEO 1961-1983. (Deceased)
Mr Bob Duncan* 1983-2002 (Deceased)
Mr Greg Smith 2003-2006
Mr Max Bosotti 2006 to present

ParaQuad’s Life Members

Dr John MF Grant OBE longstanding president and founding member of the Association – Head of spinal unit at Royal North Shore.

Mr Fred Kaad* OBE, Vice-President 1975-1998. Deputy Chairman of SpinalCure Australia since 2004.

Mr John E Quick (deceased) ParaQuad Board member, and president of Ferguson Lodge management committee. Life member since 1987.

Mr Neville Kidd on the Board for 24 years:1967-1991. Life member since May, 1991. Treasurer of the Association.

Mr Francis P Coyne (Frank) OAM (deceased) . Life member since 1998, for his ‘dedication, support and encouragement of the Association’.

Ms Mary Cleary president of the Newcastle branch for nine years.

Mr Bob Duncan* CEO of ParaQuad 1983-2002. Life member since 2006.

Dr Sue Rutkowski AM , long standing supported of ParaQuad, former Board member and spinal specialist.

*denotes person in a chair

To celebrate ParaQuad NSW’s 50th Anniversary, a commemorative  history book “The ParaQuad NSW Story” is available for purchase at $40. Contact ParaQuad NSW on Tel: 02 8741 5627 or email paraquad@paraquad.org.au to order your copy.