Thought Leadership Forum, Brisbane 2017

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Our challenges were:

  • How do you get independent thinkers and resilient achievers to work together for their common good?

  • Scientific and medical researchers are very independent people. Indeed, they would not be able to make the advances they do, if they were not.

  • People with spinal cord injury are resilient people who face their challenges with singular resolve. They are overcomers.

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ABC News: Push for spinal cord injury registry

An estimated 10,000 Australians live with a spinal cord injury - but data on their treatment and rehabilitation is scant. Now there's a push to set up a national registry, to follow patients' progress. Advocates say the database will help improve outcomes... And reduce costs in what can be a life-long recovery. > Click here to sign our National Spinal Cord Injury Registry

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The Neurotrauma Research Program (NRP) supports exemplary research projects, identified by external scientific review, with the aim of reducing the human and economic impact of catastrophic nervous system injuries such as acquired brain trauma and spinal cord injury.

In 2017 the Insurance Commission of Western Australia committed funding to the NRP of $200,000 per year for three years for innovative, patient-focussed research projects aimed at improving the recovery and rehabilitation of people with catastrophic injuries to the central nervous system.

Applications are now invited for the second round of research grants directed towards:

  • Increasing the independence of individuals with acquired brain or spinal cord injuries;
  • Improving functional recovery through rehabilitation;
  • Repairing and regenerating damaged human central nervous system tissue;
  • Utilising research discoveries to develop therapeutic interventions;
  • Reducing the physical and psychosocial burden on caregivers and families; and
  • Lowering costs for insurers.
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Scholarships are offered through either the University of Queensland or Queensland University of Technology.  If you are at another university or institution; you may still be eligible to apply.  Please contact the scholarship contact person for further information.

The scholarship consists of a top-up to the value of $10,000 per year of enrolment, plus an additional one-off payment of up to $5,000 for research costs, equipment, or research-related travel for site visits, data collection, and/or conference attendance.

In certain circumstances, a potential student who has not been offered a scholarship may be considered for a full scholarship in addition to top-up and costs. Please contact the scholarship contact person for further information.

The scholarship is open to domestic candidates planning to undertake a PhD or MPhil comprising translational research to improve the quality of life, approaches to care, or recovery of people with spinal cord injuries. It is made possible by a donor who wishes to support applied and translational research, covering any aspect of clinical care and rehabilitation of people with spinal cord injuries, including both physical and emotional wellbeing. Topics may be situated in any discipline, including but not restricted to physiotherapy, occupational therapy, psychology, nursing, exercise physiology, and social work, or may be interdisciplinary.


The scholarship is open to Australian domestic candidates who have been offered a scholarship to undertake a Higher Degree by Research focused on translational research that aims to improve the quality of life, approaches to care, or recovery of people with spinal cord injuries.  
Selection Process:

Applicants will be ranked on the basis of:

  • Academic achievement and experience and the potential for scholastic success; 
  • Appropriateness of the proposed project and expenditure plan to the intentions of the topic area (translational research that aims to improve the quality of life, approaches to care, or recovery of people with spinal cord injuries); and
  • Any other matters the selection committee may regard as relevant.

Scholarship contact person, email address and phone number:

University of Queensland: Professor Christina Lee, Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Health & Behavioural Sciences.  Email:  

QUT: Professor Neil King, Director, Research Training, Faculty of Health.  Email:  Read more

QUT is pleased to announce a Spinal Cord Injury Travelling Fellowship named in honour of 2017 Australian of the Year Alan Mackay‐Sim who received his award in recognition of his work on olfactory ensheathing cells from nasal mucosa for treatment of spinal cord injuries. The fellowship is for up to $30,000 for overseas travel from 4 weeks to 6 months. For poster details please click >here  Read more

This motorised wheelchair is used and in good condition. It has been generously donated to us and is located in Sydney. Criteria: For a person with a spinal cord injury who cannot otherwise afford an electric wheelchair. For enquiries please contact Read more