Spinal Cord Injury Research Strategy Committee

The Spinal Cord Injury Research Strategy Committee is chaired by Associate Professor Peter Bragge. It is made up of 30+ interested people: researchers, clinicians and people in the community living with a spinal cord injury representing Australia, New Zealand, Canada and London. 

Chair

Associate Professor Peter Bragge
PhD B.Physio (Hons.)
Associate Professor Peter Bragge is a Director of the Spinal Network and he has a clinical background in physiotherapy.

He is a Senior Research Fellow at BehaviourWorks Australia, Monash Sustainable Development Institute. His role focuses on healthcare behaviour change, including neurotrauma. BehaviourWorks is an applied research centre of Monash University that focuses on bringing evidence into practice and policy for a healthy and sustainable society through direct engagement with government and industry.

Terms of Reference

Our Mission

To inspire high quality spinal cord injury research that positively impacts the lives of people with SCI.

Our Principles

  • Work in areas of agreed priority (suggest co-develop criteria reflecting feasibility, preferences of SCI community)
  • Build knowledge of existing research to reduce duplication of effort
  • Collaborate nationally and internationally wherever possible
  • Be inclusive of all traumatic and non-traumatic SCI across all age groups
  • Build knowledge of how to design, conduct and translate high quality research 
  • Minimise research burden on people with SCI
  • Ensure representation in the research strategy group and any sub-committees of people with SCI.

Our Strategy

GAIN A SHARED UNDERSTANDING OF CURRENT AND

EMERGING SCI RESEARCH 

  • Harness our knowledge and networks to draw from and contribute to existing databases cataloguing planned and ongoing SCI research.

BUILD A SCI RESEARCH STRATEGY COMMUNITY AND

CONNECT THIS TO OTHER RELEVANT COMMUNITIES

  • Profile people in the SCI research strategy committee who have an interest in strategic research planning and share this information with relevant SCI research databases and communities.

NETWORKING

  • Provide a range of networking opportunities to support and promote our mission and principles.

SHARE RESEARCH RESOURCES

  • Share research grants and funding information
  • Identify people that could benefit from research support and connect them with suitable opportunities
  • Develop and share an online reference library
  • Share resources on research methods.

IDENTIFY LOBBYING OPPORTUNITIES

  • Identify research areas that lack support and awareness
  • Advance lobbying efforts in these areas through the CEO of the Spinal Cord Injury Network.