The Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Association of South Australia (PQSA) GA00064commenced 01/07/2019

‘Discovering the Power in Me’ program is a two day workshop designed to help develop inner strength and resilience in people with spinal cord injuries (SCI). The program delivers twelve interactive units in small groups and is aimed at individuals with SCI, their loved ones, and carers. Accredited facilitators teach the concepts in powerful segments, with components that feature audience members who share experiences, stories and questions.

Discovering the Power in Me utilises principles of applied cognitive psychology to provide people with disabilities and their families with tools to re-assert control over their lives, to increase engagement in the community and improve wellbeing and mental health.

The Peer Support Advocates provide social, emotional and practical support to people who have sustained a serious spinal cord injury (SCI) or other associated conditions, through practical information and demonstrations on independent living skills. Individuals are supported to create links with other relevant disability and health services to assist in their return to home, accessing the community or re-entering the workforce.

Rehabilitation principles and educational information is provided with a person-centred focus to suit the pace of the individual. The Peer Support Advocates provide support across a range of environments as well as through remote telephone/teleconference support and face-to-face support vital for the wellbeing both in the short and long-term.

The Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Association of South Australia Incorporated (PQSA) GA00063commenced 01/07/2019

The Regional Spinal Cord Peer Support program aims to foster and build self-efficacy and resilience of clients with spinal cord injury living in regional areas of South Australia through a peer led support model. The program is supported by a  Regional Peer Support Network Coordinator who is responsible for creating, developing and coordinating a program of volunteer Peer Network Facilitators in the South Australian regional areas of the South East, Eyre Peninsula, Iron Triangle, Yorke Peninsula, Clare Valley, Riverland and Murray Mallee.

In conjunction with Peer Network Facilitators, the coordinator works with clinicians and funding bodies to identify potential clients, building and expanding upon existing informal networks, including social networks, in each region.

The Brain Injury SA (BISA) GA00065 – commenced 01/07/2018

The Brain Injury SA (BISA) Reconnect Transition Program has been supported by Lifetime Support Authority since 2016. This group program aims to help people adjust to life after sustaining an acquired brain injury (ABI) as a result of a road trauma, and to successfully reintegrate with their communities.

On an annual basis, three standard Reconnect Transition Programs are undertaken, for people aged 26-65, and for people aged 16-24. Three regional visits to develop key connections are also undertaken, with a further one on one follow-up discussion in these locations. Monthly Brain Injury Support and Education (BISE) group sessions are also held.

The Reconnect Transition Program, provides significant assistance towards the reduction of symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, and so enhancing wellbeing for individuals with an acquired brain injury (ABI).

Page last updated: 30 September 2020