Raising awareness on World SCI Day 2023 – Tuesday 5 September

Spinal cord injuries are a life-altering and significant health issue in Australia, affecting over 20,000 individuals and their families. Though medical research and technological advances have improved care and outcomes, there is an ongoing need to raise awareness about spinal cord injuries.

In Australia, around 380 people acquire a spinal cord injury annually. These injuries often result from road accidents, falls, sports injuries, or other traumatic events. The consequences can be catastrophic, leading to paralysis or impaired motor function that can drastically change an individual’s life and impose enormous emotional and financial costs on the affected families.

People living with spinal cord injury often face social isolation due to physical limitations and societal attitudes. Raising awareness helps promote a more inclusive society that understands and accommodates the needs and rights of those with spinal cord injury. In the short video below, the Spinal Research Institute’s Founder and Director, Associate Professor Doug Brown AM explains why this is important.

Spinal cord injury research is crucial for developing new treatments, improving care, and enhancing the quality of life for those living with these injuries. The Spinal Research Institute is facilitating impactful research by providing resources and programs for research collaboration and knowledge sharing, and actively involving the spinal cord injury community in the research process.

The impacts of spinal cord injuries are profound and far-reaching, touching the lives of many Australians each year. Raising awareness about spinal cord injuries is vital in driving prevention, supporting research, enhancing medical care, and fostering social inclusion. Through ongoing awareness building, we can make a positive difference in the lives of those affected by spinal cord injuries, ultimately promoting a healthier, more compassionate Australia.

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