What's new for you? 

Welcome to our second Spinal WA eNews for 2017!

In this edition of Spinal WA eNews,


Are you NDIS ready? 

The WA NDIS will start rolling out across WA from 1 July 2017. For more information on the WA NDIS and upcoming information sessions please refer to the NDIS WA website.

The WA NDIS roll-out is currently planned to take three years as outlined below:

1 July 2017: The Kimberley-Pilbara, the remaining South Metro region and the Perth Hills

1 July 2018: Goldfields Esperance, North Metro and the remaining Wheatbelt, South West and Central South Metro

1 July 2019: Midwest Gascoyne, Great Southern, Central North Metro and South East Metro

What support can I ask for?

For specific information about the NDIS in relation to spinal cord injury we suggest you visit the Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA) website. SCIA also offers support to members entering the NDIS by providing an interactive planning document, FAQs and the opportunity to contact SCIA's Customer Connect team with any questions. 

Think about your functional goals, and the support you might need to achieve those goals, before your first planning meeting. Areas of support to consider include: 

  • Improve health and wellbeing – Do you need physiotherapy/OT to maintain fitness for daily living, prevention of deterioration/contractures or assistance with posture? You can also ask your physiotherapist to come to your planning meeting too! Neuromoves and Rocky Bay both provide a range of exercise services for people with SCI to help improve health, function, mobility and independence. 
  • Equipment - How often do you need your wheelchair serviced or pressure management cushions? How often do you need to be reviewed? Is there equipment that will help you improve independence and participation in the home and community? The Independent Living Centre provides information on assistive technology (aids or equipment) which may help you to carry-out daily activities. For complex situations, such as powered mobility and home modifications, consult a therapy provider who can work with you to provide recommendations for your plan.
  • Continence – If continence issues are due to your disability, all continence consumables and aids should be supplied and included in your NDIS plan. For more information on continence and the NDIS, refer to the Continence Foundation of Australia website here
  • Social and community participation – What recreational activities would you like to participate in? Do you need specialised sporting equipment or equipment modification? Do you need personal assistance to enable you to participate or carer assistance to travel to a recreation event?

We have a phone line! 

Our Spinal WA phone line was launched last month and is now up and running! 

You can now ring 1800 819 775 for telephone enquiries about SCI and up to date information about services in WA. Please note that this phone line is operated by SCIA and hours of operation are Monday-Friday 0900-1700 AEST.

Free wheelchair yoga classes

We are thrilled to have Kimberly Keeley offer free yoga classes to people with SCI through Spinal WA. Kimberley is an occupational therapist who has worked in neurological rehabilitation for the last 6 years. She is currently training to be a yoga teacher so that she can provide customised classes that offer the benefits of yoga to everyone.
These beginner classes through Spinal WA will present a safe, supportive and fun environment to try out some chair poses, breathing techniques, and basic movement flows.

The 8-week term will include weekly Saturday morning classes (starting 22 July) at 10am at The Sunroom, Gascoyne Ward at the Quadriplegic Centre, Shenton Park for 45 minutes, followed by herbal tea for those who would like to stay back for a chat. If you would like to join these free classes, please RSVP to Friends/carers are also welcome to attend. If you have any specific queries for Kimberly, please contact her at

Get to know your SCI community - Warren Boggs

Originally from WA, Warren had his accident 15 years ago and is a T12 complete paraplegic. Warren was working overseas when he developed a health issue and had to return to WA for specialised treatment. After spending over a year in hospital, he has decided to stay in WA. 
Since leaving hospital, Warren has worked on improving his fitness by borrowing a handcycle from Rebound WA (formally Wheelchair Sports). Warren is also a keen tennis player and has borrowed a tennis wheelchair from Tennis West. He has joined a local tennis club (he is the only wheelchair member) playing against able bodied members, and enjoys a social drink and catch up at the club.

Warren had to find his own rental accomodation as the waitlist for housing was so long. Warren searched through real estate advertisements and then called the property agent first to check for stairs and general access. If that was ok, he would schedule a visit to check doorways and bathrooms. After viewing 10 properties, he has finally found something that suits him. Warren is currently looking for employment and is being helped by Forrest Personnel in Kwinana. 

We asked Warren for tips on life and he said, "Wheelchairs ARE fun! Yes. It is a bugger that I can't get off them and walk, but they are fun. So, get out and have fun on your wheelchair every day."

The Toy Event is back in 2017! 

The Toy Event is back again this year. Mark your calendars down for this year's Toy Event! 

Date: 29 October 2017
Venue: Quadriplegic Centre, Shenton Park 

Watch this space and follow us on our Facebook page for more updates on the Toy Event! 

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