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Spinal Cord Injuries Australia’s NeuroMoves Lismore facility upgraded thanks to Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation grant.

Friday, July 21, 2017 

People living with physical disabilities in the Northern Rivers region of NSW now have access to specialised rehabilitation equipment thanks to a Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation grant to NeuroMoves Lismore.

The $88,000 grant has been used to fit out the specialised service provided by Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA), which opened in February 2017 and is the first service of its kind in regional Australia. 

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Executive Officer Graham Batten said NeuroMoves Lismore was an important piece of infrastructure for the Northern Rivers community.

“People living with a disability in regional areas should have access to the same high quality equipment and services available to those living in the city,”

Charitable Foundation Executive Officer Graham Batten

Employees of NeuroMoves Lismore

“Congratulations to SCIA for bringing NeuroMoves to Lismore. It’s bound to make a significant difference and help to improve the fitness, mental health and general wellbeing of local people living with a physical disability,” he said.

SCIA Regional Operations Manager Claudia James said NeuroMoves Lismore provided modified equipment for people with physical limitations as well as specialised, intensive rehabilitation and exercise options for people with paralysis, spinal cord injuries and other mobility issues.

“Physical disabilities can cause people to lead sedentary lives, so we’re proud to provide a service that allows people with disabilities to acquire new skills, improve fitness, self-esteem, and lead a more independent life. Even small improvements can make an enormous difference to a person’s independence and quality of life,” Ms James said.

“Thanks to the grant from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation, NeuroMoves Lismore features a range of specialised equipment that maximises what a person with a disability can do physically and also assists therapists to deliver the best possible service,” she said.  

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation distributes more than $1.5 million annually, which totals more than $16.7 million to date, for local community initiatives in the Hunter, New England, Central West, Central Coast, Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast regions of NSW.

NeuroMoves operates from Southern Cross University (SCU) in Lismore and offers specially tailored exercise programs for people of all ages with spinal cord injuries and similar disabilities. Students at SCU also have access to clinical placements at the facility.

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