Latest research collaboration – Access Active Rehab

September 13th, 2021

We’re pleased to announce our latest research funding project, which involves a collaboration with the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association

Headed up by project leads David Bartholomaeus and Nick Such from the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association, the Access Active Rehab project aims to improve health outcomes for hospital inpatients with traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries through creating opportunities for participation in sport and active recreation during their stay. It will also look at opportunities to provide linkages to community sport and recreation activities for patients following their post-hospital stay.

The project will be undertaken in collaboration with clinicians from the Princess Alexandra Hospital, sporting body representatives and researchers from The Hopkins Centre, and builds on a previous program developed and run by the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association through the Princess Alexandra Hospital’s brain and spinal cord injury services.

Feedback from people with spinal cord and brain injuries will also be collected as part of the project, forming an integral part of the program design reviews, adjustment and implementation.

With approximately 94% of NIISQ participants living with traumatic brain and/or spinal cord injuries, we expect this project to provide positive impacts and benefits through improved health outcomes and increased ability for participants to achieve functional and community participation goals.

The NIISQ Agency has contributed $81,200 to the project, which is expected to  be completed by mid-2023.