Media Release

Here are a sample of media releases from ParaQuad NSW.

For media enquiries, contact Elaine Deayton Tel: 8741 5627.

November 2015 – Spinal Cord Injuries Awareness Week 2015

June 2015 – Electricity Rebate a Welcome Move for People With Quadriplegia

March 2015 —ParaQuad welcomes election promise: Quadriplegics to Benefit 20150322MEDIA RELEASE_ParaQuad_electricityrebate



3 Nov 2011 The thrill lasts for seconds, the chair lasts for life Download
21 Nov 2011 Redeveloped Ferguson Lodge Officially OpensThe Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Association of NSW (ParaQuad NSW) in conjunction with the NSW Government officially launched the redeveloped Ferguson Lodge facility at 10 College Street Lidcombe on Thursday, 24 November 2011 as it also celebrates its 50th anniversary.Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir AC, CVG and Patron of ParaQuad NSW opened the facility to a crowd of over 200 government officials, residents and supporters. Since 1979 the original Ferguson Lodge building provided a home and a place of respite and long term accommodation for people with a spinal cord injury.In 2009 building commenced on the new lodge to significantly improve facilities and ensure that residents could maintain their privacy and independence within the new accommodation service. The NSW government, as well as long term supporters and donors provided the funding for the new building which has capacity to accommodate 24 residents who are provided with 24 hour care. Within the redevelopment there are also ten two bedroom villas and a gymnasium. Named after the first President of the Association “John Ferguson”, Ferguson Lodge is now a modern facility with a truly residential feel the residents can call “home”.Over 200 guests including members, past and present board members and supporters will tour the facility at the opening which coincides with ParaQuad NSW’s 50th year anniversary.For more information on Ferguson Lodge, contact Tel: 9646 1857. Download
30 Jan 2012 Scholarships for People with a Spinal Cord InjuryParaQuad NSW has launched its annual scholarship program offering assistance with education in 2012 for people who have a spinal cord injury.There are a number of ‘ParaQuad NSW Scholarships’ valued at up to $5,000 each to help with education at a school, university, TAFE college or registered private college.The scholarship funds can cover items such as education fees for one year, course excursion funds or residential school expenses, carer’s allowance contribution, hardware and tools assistance, computers, introductory computer-use training tailored to the specific needs of the individual, textbooks, and supplies and additional supporting tuition.ParaQuad NSW Chief Executive Officer, Max Bosotti, said “ParaQuad NSW is about supporting life choices after spinal cord injury, and the scholarship program provides an extra boost to people who may not be able to afford to follow their career path.”“The scholarships are made possible due to the generous donation from a long time supporter of ParaQuad as well as the Golden Stave Foundation. We thank them for their dedication in helping to provide this valuable educational support”, Mr Bosotti continued.

Information about the scholarships can be downloaded at Applications are due 17 February 2012.

ParaQuad NSW is a not-for-profit member-based association striving to support people with spinal cord injury to achieve their choices in life. ParaQuad is a registered charity with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status. Formed in 1961, ParaQuad has provided vital care, support and clinical services to people with spinal cord injuries, their families and carers for more than 50 years.

The services are designed to help clients with spinal cord injury to have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the community. ParaQuad NSW’s services include: clinical practitioners specialising in spinal cord injury; supported accommodation for people with transitional and long term care needs; home-based personal support care; information, advocacy and assistance; training and community awareness programs and continence and related healthcare supplies.

It is estimated that around 10,000 people in Australia live with a spinal cord injury.

31 Jan 2012 ParaQuad NSW Celebrates 50 years with a book launchTo celebrate its 50 year anniversary, The Paraplegic & Quadriplegic Association of NSW (ParaQuad NSW) has launched “The ParaQuad NSW Story” a commemorative story of the last 50 years of the organisation’s services to people with a spinal cord injury.Primarily the ParaQuad NSW Story is about the people who believed in a cause. Friends, colleagues, able bodied people all working with the one key mission to improve the lives of people with a spinal cord injury.Founded by neurosurgeon Dr John Grant AO OBE and a team of supporters who included teachers?, people in wheelchairs and clinicians, the original key goals of the Association were primarily to lobby for specialised Spinal Injuries Units and to establish accommodation facilities for people with severe spinal cord injury who were unable to return home.Today, ParaQuad NSW is proud to manage one of Australia’s most modern and specialized accommodation facilities for people with spinal cord injury at Ferguson Lodge, Lidcombe together with transitional accommodation at Berala and Newcastle. The organization also offers health and wellbeing support, healthcare products, attendant care management, education and training and information.As it did 50 years ago, ParaQuad NSW relies heavily on the support of the community and corporate partners and continues to fundraise to support the projects such as the Health and Wellbeing Support team of occupational therapists, a spinal nurse and social worker. More information on how you can help ParaQuad NSW in its mission to support life choices for people with a spinal cord injury, visit or contact Tel: 8741 5600.

The ParaQuad NSW Story commemorative book is a must read story for anyone who has been touched by the work of ParaQuad or knows someone with a spinal cord injury. The book is available to purchase at $40 inc GST and delivery.

To order a book contact Tel: 8740 5600 or email .