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Thank you Jillian Skinner

The Spinal Network has greatly appreciated the work of the Hon Jillian Skinner MP, as both the NSW opposition spokesperson on health and medical research over 14 years, and as the Minister since 2011.

Mrs Skinner has overseen an enormous expansion in her health portfolio, and she will be remembered for her vision as all the projects reach fulfilment.

However, her greatest achievement will be her support for medical research. Through her support, many advances will come to fruition at a distant time, because she understood that medical research requires a long-term vision beyond the political cycle.

The Spinal Network joins with all the clinicians, health professionals and scientific researchers who work with people with spinal cord injury in NSW in wishing Mrs Skinner well for the future.

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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.


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Sydney's ide Group has now launched the 2017 Building Better Futures for Health Challenge and are on the hunt to find and invest in Australia’s best health innovations. Read more

The Spinal Network has greatly appreciated the work of the Hon Jillian Skinner MP, as both the NSW opposition spokesperson on health and medical research over 14 years, and as the Minister since 2011. Read more

Brisbane doctors believe tackling the damage in the first 12 hours could prevent an otherwise debilitating outcome for patients. Read more

The Spinal Network is facilitating a meeting in Darwin on Friday, 7 April 2017 (9am to 12pm ACST), to discuss the difficulties encountered treating acute spinal cord injuries and providing subsequent follow up services in Central and Northern Australia. Spinal cord injury (SCI) people in remote and regional Australia may achieve greater functional movement if these difficulties were overcome. Read more

The Spinal Network’s Thought Leadership Forum held in conjunction with the ANZSCoS conference in November was a wonderful success if measured by communicating the need for and value of a whole of life registry of people who have a spinal cord injury. We heard from some leading clinicians and technicians who inspired us with visions of what could be done if we only had the data. Further information can be found <HERE>Read more

A postdoctoral position is available in Dr William Cafferty’s laboratory in the Neurology department at the Yale School of Medicine to study the molecular mechanisms that underlie spontaneous recovery of function after spinal cord injury. Read more