Peer led coaching for people with a spinal cord injury or physical disability in Tasmania is a newly developed initiative, designed to provide a platform through which we can collaborate with and support individuals with a spinal cord injury and their families to achieve greater independence, increased resilience, and build capacity for the future.

Propel provides an opportunity for an individual with lived experience of spinal cord injury or physical disability to connect with another person going through the same, or similar, experience. Participants can connect and communicate through face to face and online.

Topics that people find useful talking with others about include independent living, health, leisure and wellbeing, family and parenting, education and employment, information and resources, advocacy and support in resolving concerns.

Propel builds capacity through providing empathetic and qualified coaching support in decision making through informed choices, planning and goal setting, and self-reflection and review.

What is Peer led coaching?

Propel provides an opportunity for an individual with lived experience of spinal cord injury or physical disability to connect with another person going through the same, or similar, experience. Participants can connect and communicate through face to face and online.

Propel builds capacity through providing empathetic and qualified coaching support in decision making through informed choices, planning and goal setting, and self-reflection and review.

What sorts of things are covered in a coaching session?

Topics that people find useful talking with others about include independent living, health, leisure and wellbeing, family and parenting, education and employment, information and resources, advocacy and support in resolving concerns.

How can Peer Coaches be involved with my clinicians?

We are also involved with the Spinal Interest Network throughout Tasmania, and will be able to contribute in the transition process from rehab to home, and in the return to work related activities.

Meet the team!

Meet the team members of Propel Peer Coaching! Each team member has lived experience of a spinal cord injury or physical disability and has completed training through the Pacific Institute. They provide empathetic and qualified coaching support via face to face catch ups, or through phone or video calls. At times we will also host group sessions for those interested in learning more about a particular topic.

Dave Carpenter

Male
South Tasmania
Spinal Cord Injury: Spina Bifida

David Cruse

Male
South Tasmania
Spinal Cord Level of Injury T8
15 years + post injury

Emily Cullen

Female
North West Tasmania
Spinal Cord Level of Injury T8/9

Joe Chivers

Male
South Tasmania
Spinal Cord Level of Injury L1
12 years post injury

Richard Jones 

Male
South Tasmania
Spinal Cord Level of Injury T4
5 years post injury

Propel Peer Coaches also participate and contribute to the online forum here: https://scia.org.au/forum/, which is another great way to connect with other people around Australia and New Zealand with a Spinal Cord Injury.

Request Peer Coaching

Contact us to request contact from a Peer Coach. We’ll get back you within two days.
If you have an urgent situation, please contact one of the following numbers: Triple Zero 000 or Lifeline 13 11 14 https://www.lifeline.org.au/