The Spinal Interest Network grew from a collaboration with ParaQuad Tasmania and the Tasmanian Health Service.

Annually, a workshop is organised to connect people with lived experience of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and allied health professionals to deliver learnings about specific and new treatments for people with SCI.

The group meets face to face to support and educate each other by sharing knowledge, experience and networks.

Forty people came along to the 2024 event, held in Campbelltown on 26 May, including people with lived experience, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, nurses and a doctor.

From interview type discussions to informal chats, the day was filled with sharing information about topics such as:

– Breathing complications for people with SCI, symptoms and management

– The risks of Autonomic Dysflexia – an acute condition of sudden high blood pressure that can happen to people with spinal injuries

– Parenting with a SCI

– Pregnancy with a SCI

– Using female catheters

– Assistive technology demonstrations – Trail Rider, adaptive mountain bike, Bluetooth hand controls, roof hoist

The event finished with a ‘Can’t Ask That’ session, in which clinicians ask a panel of people with lived experience of SCI anything and everything ‘spinal’ related. A family member of a person with SCI was also part of the session this year.

ParaQuad Tasmania’s CEO Carmel Clark thanks everyone involved for sharing their experience and expertise.

“The Association is proud to be part of such a committed group of people, all working to improve outcomes for people with Spinal Cord Injury.”

A huge thank you to Occupational Therapist Hannah Clark, THS Spinal Nurse Sonya Dare, and Physiotherapist Penny Brodribb, along with ParaQuad staff member Richard Jones, for their organization of another outstanding event.