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2018 saw important community projects and initiatives supported in the Northern Rivers region with funding totalling $128,000.

Helping rewrite the future with NeuroMoves

Many people choose to live in the NSW Northern Rivers for the enviable lifestyle this iconic region has to offer. However, living in a regional area also means that access to some specialist healthcare services can be compromised by the barriers of distance, with many needing to travel to Sydney or Brisbane to access services they need.

Now with the newly established presence in Lismore of NeuroMoves a specialised exercise centre run by Spinal Cord Injuries Australia, locals like James Murphy, have been a big difference in their lives. 

James sustained a C5 complete quadriplegia following a 2016 mountain bike accident on his parent’s farm at Eureka. Since coming home, James has been a regular client of NeuroMoves for exercise therapy and the access to a specialist centre that’s close to home has assisted with his significant progress. 

“A year ago I wasn’t able to get my hand over my head, James explains, but after the regular exercise at NeuroMoves, I’m now in a manual chair and it’s made such a big difference. It’s easier for me in a public setting and I find I’m more comfortable around people than I was in the power chair.”

The opening of NeuroMoves in early 2017 was made possible by an $88,000 grant from the Charitable Foundation. NeuroMoves Lismore is the first regional NSW site and is accessed by 30 active clients each week. Clients participate in supervised gym visits or intensive one-on-one sessions with exercise therapists—which may include Functional Electrical Stimulation in conjunction with using exercise equipment.

James Murphy at NeuroMoves in Lismore.

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