The Australian Spinal Injury Alliance launched its vision and approach to delivering a National Spinal Cord Strategy in October 2014.

This Strategy will lay the foundation for better outcomes, both social and economic, for all Australians who have sustained a spinal cord injury.

To achieve this goal, we will work closely with each other, along with:

  • Our members and the spinal cord injury community
  • The State and Federal Governments
  • The National Disability Insurance Agency
  • State insurance agencies
  • Specialist Spinal Injuries Units in each state
  • Spinal Cord Injury Societies (the International Spinal Cord Injury Society and the Australian and New Zealand Spinal Cord Society)
  • The research community and
  • Other community organisations.

Our approach for a National Spinal Cord Injury Strategy is threefold:

  • To work with all stakeholders to agree a set of outcomes most valued by people with a spinal cord injury.
  • To facilitate discussion, promote coordination, set priorities and actions of the service system to achieve those outcomes
  • To start to measure and monitor outcomes, and take necessary action in response

The key outcome priorities for the Strategy include access to support services, equipment, healthcare, information, employment, education, community services and research.

The Strategy will also help to collate robust data on the number of Australians who sustain a spinal cord injury every year.