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Staying connected and supported with Peer Support


In this edition of Spinal WA eNews, we hear from three organisations who provide peer support in Western Australia to people living with a spinal cord injury, 

SCIA Peer Support



Hearing the news that you have a spinal cord injury is devastating, and the world as you know it changes forever. We know the road back to independence can be challenging, which is why the Spinal Cord Injuries Australia’s (SCIA) Peer & Family Support team, who have been through similar journeys, are there to help individuals, and their family to navigate their way forward. 

The SCIA Peer and Family Support team work in the spinal injury units in Sydney and in the wider community in Perth, to help people who are newly injured regain their independence, adjust to life with an injury and improve their overall wellbeing. The team shares their lived experience and assists with the practical application of core knowledge and skills for people with injuries and their families. The Peer and Family Support team are out and about in the community ensuring they have the latest information on new equipment, assistive technology, products, and services.

Some of the aims of the program are:
  • Regain independence
  • Make connections in the community
  • Practice skills for everyday living
  • Develop the knowledge needed for everyday living
  • To feel supported and respected
During the COVID pandemic, the team developed some collaborations with like-minded organisations to produce podcasts, webinars and utilise telehealth platforms to reach clients with the aim to keep those in need connected and supported. 
 
For further information, or to contact SCIA, visit www.scia.org.au or call 1800 819 775

PBF Australia

PBF Australia’s Peer Support Program supports new spinal cord injury rehabilitation patients to move forward with confidence. The PBF Peer Support team offers non-clinical advice and mobility skills training, enabling a person with spinal cord injury to continue to live a vibrant and independent life.

PBF's Peer Support Program is delivered by compassionate individuals who are themselves living as paraplegic or quadriplegic members of the community. With more than 55 years collective experience they offer non-clinical advice, information, and emotional support to patients, their families, and friendship networks.

To find out more about our peer support initiatives, please contact the Peer Support Team.

Spinal Life Australia


The Spinal Life Australia peer support team has been providing 1-1 and group peer support for more than 15 years in Queensland and two years in Western Australia. Spinal Life supports people with spinal cord injury from the time they leave Fiona Stanley Hospital throughout the rest of their lives.
 
Spinal Life manages two closed Facebook groups which are the Peer Support Spinal Life Australia Facebook group and the Spinal Chatter Facebook group. Both groups are specifically for people living with a spinal cord injury in Western Australia and have been around supporting the WA community, creating a safe platform where information can be shared. Small gatherings in the community and events are organised by the Peer Support Team in various community locations throughout the year. The Spinal Life Queensland Peer Support Team has also been hosting fortnightly "Ask Us Anything" virtual sessions with members of the Spinal Life Peer Support group.

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