Spinal Cord Injuries Australia
Spinal Cord Injuries Australia was established in 1967 by a group of young men who wanted to change the world. They were advised that the spinal injuries unit of the Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, their home for over six years, was to close and they would be transferred to a geriatric nursing home. They were desperate to find an alternative and with a strong spirit of determination and the help of friends and others, they set about forming the Australian Quadriplegic Association (AQA). In 2003 AQA members voted to change its name to Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA) with the intention of increasing public awareness to all types of spinal cord injuries. Over forty years since its formation, SCIA is a thriving member-based social enterprise, with a majority of people with a disability amongst its staff and directors. It has members throughout Australia and is highly respected by all levels of government and the community alike.
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