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SCIA to launch new spinal cord injury rehabilitation program at ECU

Monday, 19 September 2011

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Edith Cowan University (ECU) is pleased to announce a partnership with Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA), which will result in the implementation of the innovative Walk On rehabilitation program at the Joondalup Campus.

A direct result of $320,000 in funding from Lotterywest, the program will provide individually tailored exercises to assist people with spinal cord injuries in their rehabilitation.

SCIA will utilise ECU’s acclaimed Health and Wellness Institute as the home of the program, which will train ECU staff and students, allowing them to develop specific rehabilitation exercises while utilising the University’s state-of-the-art equipment.

Minster for Mental Health and Disability Services, the Hon. Helen Morton MLC will present the $320,000 cheque to a SCIA Director, Mr David Prast, to mark the beginning of the project.

"SCIA has a proud tradition of advocating for and providing services in support of people with sci. Walk On is our latest initiative providing the spinal cord injured community in WA the opportunity for functional recovery promoting independence and improved quality of life," said Mr Prast.

ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox, will also be in attendance, and is excited that ECU has been chosen as the base of this program.

“Spinal cord injuries affect hundreds of people each year, and significantly impacts the lives of those affected, their families and friends,” said Professor Cox.

“It is a credit to ECU that we have been selected as the location of this new program, which will not only help change the lives of those affected by spinal cord injuries in Western Australia, but will also provide a valuable training opportunity for our staff and students.”

The presentation will also be attended by ECU Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Advancement), Professor Cobie Rudd and SCIA Chief Executive Officer, Mr Peter Perry.

This is the third program to be set up in Australia, with successful programs already established in Sydney and Brisbane.

Event Details:
Date:
Wednesday, 21 September
Time:
9.00am to 10.00am
Venue:
Building 21, Room 205, ECU Joondalup Campus, 270 Joondalup Road, Joondalup

Photo opportunities and interviews can be arranged on request.

For more information visit http://scia.org.au/walk-on.

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