Bridging a gap in the community

Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (formerly Australian Quadriplegic Association) was established by a group of young people with severe spinal cord injuries who met via the spinal injuries ward in hospital.

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This house is important because it’s got room for your carer, support worker and your entire family.

The Association went on to create an organisation dedicated to providing accommodation, employment, and family support for people with spinal cord injuries.

Thanks to a Lotterywest grant to Spinal Cord Injuries Australia, a new client-centred house will be made available, as a home-away-from-home, for people with spinal cord injuries and their families. This facility will provide care and support to the individual to prepare for reintegration into the community, as well as the whole family to adjust and build an understanding of the changes. Just like Ebonny, who suffered from a spinal cord injury after a motorbike accident.

“The biggest challenge is you get 24/7 care in the hospital and then you go home to no one there,” she said.

This housing aims to make this transition easier, helping people to return to living independently while increasing their confidence with their new way of life. 

“This house is important because it’s got room for your carer, support worker and your entire family. You get to experience what it’s like living in a fun home environment, so you have something that you can aspire to and look forward to,” she said.

By playing Lotterywest games, you supported Spinal Cord Injuries Australia with $750,000 towards establishing this accommodation.

In the 2019-20 financial year, $292 million went back to the WA community to help make an already great state, greater.

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