The Alliance, representing eight of Australia’s state-based spinal cord injury organisations, held an official launch in 2014 and announced plans to deliver a National Spinal Cord Injury Strategy. This Strategy will lay the foundation for better outcomes, both social and economic, for all Australians who have sustained a spinal cord injury.
Every day in Australia someone’s life will change in an instant due to a spinal cord injury, with an immeasurable emotional, social and financial impact on the individual, their family, friends and community.
The current outcomes for people living with a spinal cord injury in Australia are well short of international best practice.
As the national voice for all Australians with a spinal cord injury, the time is now for the Alliance to collaborate and make a difference, to leverage our relationships across the board and to pursue outcomes that matter to every Australian with a spinal cord injury.
The Alliance’s 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 SCI
• 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
Key outcome priorities include access to support services; equipment; healthcare; information; employment; education; community services, and research. A National Spinal Cord Injury Strategy would also help to collate robust data on the number of Australians who sustain a spinal cord injury every year.