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Community Networks

At Spire, we believe that people sharing their own experience of life with SCI (spinal cord injury) can bring enormous benefit to the lives of others who are living in similar circumstances.

In partnership with local SCI communities, we are progressively establishing community networks which seek to help people connect in order to develop and share their skills and knowledge, take part in social events, workshops and enhance their participation in the community.  Our aim is to facilitate and support networks to establish themselves and become self-sustaining.

The Regional networks in Ballarat, Bendigo and Shepparton were established in response to the extra challenges that living regionally can present. The SCI Network of Professionals (SCIP), based in Melbourne, provides the opportunity for professionals of all levels to discover and develop resources around career development and progression.

Continuing on in partnership with the groups, we will resource each other as we establish new networks in other regional areas and common interest groups. These groups are open to everyone in the SCI community. If you would like more information about any of these groups or would like to be involved in starting a new one, please contact us.

Shepparton SCI Regional Network Meeting - November 2017
15 November, 2017

The November Shepparton SCI Regional Network meeting was a social BBQ hosted by group member, Peter, in Rochester. The meeting had no set agenda, so it was an opportunity for Peter to showcase some fantastic toys and equipment; which included demonstrating his ParaGolfer - an all-terrain wheelchair that places the user in an upright position to allow for a more conventional golf swing. 

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Spinal Cord Injury Network of Professionals (SCIP) Meeting – November 2017
14 November, 2017

The Spinal Cord Injury Network of Professionals (SCIP) had their final meeting for 2017 on November 9. Guest speaker, Gill Hilton presented on her recently completed PhD research: Employment Post-Spinal Cord Injury. Many from the group already knew Gill as a Senior Occupational Therapist with Austin Health’s Victorian Spinal Cord Service (SCIS) and so enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with her.

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Shepparton SCI Regional Network Meeting - October 2017
1 November, 2017

For their latest meeting held at The Peppermill, the Shepparton SCI Regional Network welcomed Christine - a new member and first time attendee, Yvette - a Disability Support Worker from AQA, and Gabby Pragnaratne from Coloplast.

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Geelong SCI Regional Network meeting – October 2017
30 October, 2017

The October Geelong SCI Regional Network meeting focused on accessible holidays and travel, and featured Bill Forrester from Travability - a licensed travel agency dedicated to inclusive tourism through education, advocacy and information about the world’s most popular travel destinations. Bill has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to anything related to accessible travel so the group was enthusiastic to hear from him!

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Ballarat SCI Regional Network Meeting - September 2017
28 September, 2017

The Lake View Hotel was the venue for the September Ballarat SCI Regional Network meeting, which included a presentation and Q&A session by Sarah Kofoed and Rhys Chamberlain from Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.

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