Ageing, Disability & Home Care

People with spinal cord injuries maximising life choices

17 February 2014



Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today visited Spinal Cord Injuries Australia's (SCIA) Walk On program in Lidcombe to see first-hand the support it provides to people with a spinal cord injury.

"SCIA received more than $3 million in funding from the NSW Government this financial year to cover services including accommodation, medical crisis support, nursing care and the Walk On program," Minister Ajaka said.

"Today I am experiencing the Walk On program first hand, including its intensive activity based rehabilitation program. This offers paraplegics and quadriplegics the chance to regain function through personalised exercise programs aligned to people's goals.

"With help from the program, each client is able to experience improvements in their physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing with some, amazingly even taking their first steps."

The Chief Executive of SCIA Peter Perry said Spinal Cord Injuries Australia is committed to finding effective ways for people with spinal cord injuries to be able to live lives no different from anyone else.

"We help more than 90 clients per week get back on track after a spinal cord injury so they can become the masters of their own destiny, rather than recipients of care.

"The Minister's visit affords us an opportunity to demonstrate the amazing outcomes and progress made by our clients as well as to meet the team who make it all possible."

Minister Ajaka said it is wonderful to see the results which can be achieved by non-government organisations with the support of government funding.

"SCIA not only make a difference to people's lives in NSW, but their expertise is also recognised and 

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