Spinal Cord Injury
If you or your loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, you are eligible for NDIS. Find out what the requirements are and how to find reliable support.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) gives people with a disability direct access to funding, through the creation of an annual plan, to purchase the supports they need to live the life they choose and to achieve their goals.
If you are under the age of 65 and have suffered a spinal cord injury you will most likely be eligible to access this scheme and receive support under it.
NDIS funding for appropriate supports can help you achieve your goals in different aspects of your life, including independence, community involvement, education, employment and health and wellbeing. As an NDIS participant, you decide who provides the help and supports that will help you meet these goals.
The healthcare professionals treating you in hospital and at rehabilitation, including medical and nursing staff, physiotherapists, social workers, speech therapists, play an important role in this planning process. All can assist you when it comes to deciding what supports you think you’ll need, both now and into the future. This pre-planning process is important as the information you provide to the NDIS will determine what funding you’re likely to receive under the scheme.
The NDIS will fund any supports it considers reasonable and necessary to assist you in leading a normal life as possible and achieve your goals. Support may include modifications to make it ‘wheelchair friendly’, modifications to your car so you can continue to drive, access to rehabilitation programs, help around the home and any assistive devices that may help you in your daily activities.
Suffering a spinal cord injury is a serious and life-changing event that impacts not only you but also your loved ones.
Fortunately, treatment and rehabilitation programs are improving all the time and can be accessed through the NDIS. There is also a great deal more community awareness and understanding when it comes to disability and, with appropriate support, many people with spinal cord injury are continuing to live full, productive and relatively independent lives.
Our team will clearly explain how NDIS works and how to access the support you need
We’ll take the time to understand what your health, lifestyle and cultural preferences are
The providers we recommend have been carefully evaluated and selected so that you know the choice you make is one you can trust.
About Spinal Cord Injuries
Approximately 15,000 Australians are currently living with a spinal cord injury (SCI) which involves damage to any part of their spinal cord or nerves, at the end of the spinal cord.
A traumatic spinal cord injury may stem from a sudden, traumatic blow to the spine that fractures, dislocates, crushes or compresses one or more of your vertebrae. This trauma often causes permanent loss of strength, sensation and function below the site of the injury. It is a serious injury that is likely to have a lasting and significant impact on a person’s life.
39 per cent of spinal cord injury in Australia are as a result of land transport crashes involving car passengers and unprotected road users, such as motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists.
80 per cent of the cases incurring SCI from traumatic cases are male, with the majority aged between the ages of 45-54. Young people aged between 15-24 is the next most vulnerable group when it comes to spinal cord injury.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
There are three types of complete spinal cord injuries:
Quadriplegia- A spinal cord injury that results in the partial or total loss of use of all four limbs and torso.
Paraplegia- A spinal cord injury that affects all or parts of the torso, legs and pelvic organs
Triplegia- This involves the loss of movement and sensation and one arm and both legs and usually results from incomplete spinal cord injury, frequently associated with cerebral palsy.