Call 03 9418 0474
email [email protected]
This is a support group for people who have an incomplete spinal cord injury with some capacity to walk. It’s an initiative by the Victorian Spinal Cord Services, Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre and Independence Australia as a direct result of the increasing number of people with incomplete injuries we were seeing come through our services. We wanted to address the severe lack of support services available for the unique circumstances and experiences faced by people with spinal injuries who can walk.
Our support group provides a friendly and informal setting for people with incomplete spinal cord injuries or conditions to share information, experiences, knowledge and support.
The common experiences amongst people with incomplete spinal cord injuries with some capacity to walk include:
If this support group can help you, we would love to see you join us. We meet every 3rd Thursday at 2:30 to 4 pm at Neighbourhood Justice Centre at 241 Wellington St, Collingwood. The meeting room will be advised when you RSVP.
Just remember to RSVP for catering purposes by calling Dr Andrew Sinclair on 03 9418 0474 or 0400 199 766, or email [email protected]
Andrew is our health psychologist who facilitates a number of groups and has significant experience in working with people with chronic illness and disability
Who can attend the support group?
Anyone who has acquired an incomplete spinal cord injury or condition as the result of accident or injury, medical, surgical, viral, neurological or vascular cause. The group is specifically aimed at people who can:
What is the cost?
It is free to attend our meetings. We also provide light refreshments and catering at no charge.
Can I get the psychologist to help me outside of this support group?
Yes, please make contact with your facilitator at the meeting to arrange an appointment.
Can I bring my family or carer to the session?
No, unfortunately we do not encourage guests to join you as places are limited, and participants may feel inhibited and uncomfortable with the presence of others people in the room.
Is the venue wheelchair friendly?
Yes, the Neighbourhood Justice Centre has an ambulant toilet, ramps to the meeting room and disabled parking out the front and to the side of the building.
Once I start attending, do I need to attend every month or need to send an RSVP each time?
Yes please RSVP for each meeting so that we have numbers for catering.
How do I let you know I can’t attend?
Please contact Dr Andrew Sinclair on (03) 9418 0474 or 0400 199 766, or email [email protected] as soon as you can.
Do you have a support group for people with a spinal cord injury who cannot walk?
No, there are currently no plans for such a support group due to limited funding.