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Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week (SCIAW) was held this year from 4 – 10 September. The theme for this year was “I Can” and the week aimed to raise awareness of the daily lives of people who have spinal cord injury and promote greater understanding throughout the wider community.

The national week, which encompassed International Spinal Cord Injury Day (5 September) is an annual initiative of the Australian Spinal Injury Alliance (ASIA), which represents eight of the country’s largest spinal cord injury organisations including ParaQuad NSW and BrightSky Australia.

To mark the week, ParaQuad NSW held “Awareness Stands” at Prince of Wales Hospital and Royal North Shore Hospital; two of Sydney’s key hospitals with specialised Spinal Care Units. In addition, ParaQuad’s Newcastle office hosted a free morning tea at Charlestown Bowling Club which featured talks from ParaQuad’s Clinical Specialists, BrightSky Australia and NDIS Support Coordinators. Two previous winners of the ParaQuad Scholarship were also present to talk about the program which was established to support people of all ages with spinal cord injury and like neurological disabilities to pursue educational, career and sporting training.

The week was a great success, empowering members and non-members alike to share their stories and inform ParaQuad about the key issues affecting them. We want to thank everyone who got in touch, attended one of our events or simply shared or liked some of the videos created for the event.

You can find these videos on https://vimeo.com/spinalinjuryalliance