AIN Newsletter October 2016

Neuro-rehab Awareness

Funding neuro-rehab is as important as funding research for a cure!

2016 has been a year of exciting firsts for AIN, thanks to our many supporters. On 1st June, together with Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation, the University of Newcastle and Rex Bionics, we launched an Australian 1st robotic neuro-rehab research project for the Hunter community in NSW. On 13th August with the support of international best selling author Dr Norman Doidge, the Bach-y-Rita Family, ING Direct Dreamstarter and Corporate Theatre, we celebrated the first Neuro-rehab Awareness Day. On 13th August thanks to the generous support of Event Cinemas Kotara, James McManus from the Newcastle Knights, CODE Wealth, Nelson Plaza Clinic and Designer In A Box, we took our exoskeleton 'HELLEN' out to meet the community for the first time.

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Individual funding packages for community neuro-rehab programs – where can you go for financial support?

We are trying to build a free and publicly available list of organisations which fund allied health therapy sessions. For non-compensable cases, people inevitably turn to public fundraising and starting their own foundation or a crowd-funding page to be able to access ongoing therapy sessions with allied health professionals and further their neuro-recovery. If you know of organisations or philanthropic bodies in Australia where an individual can apply for financial support to enable them to fund private neuro-rehab therapy sessions, please get in touch.

Joining Forces - Brain Injury Australia (BIA) has united with AIN in calling for $10 million to fund Australia’s first National Centre of Excellence in Technology-Assisted Neuro-rehabilitation Exercise and Research

“Australia is missing a dedicated national community centre of excellence for technology-assisted neuro-rehabilitation exercise and research for adults, to drive best practice, access and service affordability throughout Australia” said Frances Simmonds, AIN Director and Manager of the Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre.

Looking to best practice in the USA and other European nations leading in technology assisted neuro-rehabilitation initiatives, the AIN, with the support of BIA, is asking for community support and looking for major funding partners to deliver an Australia first National Centre of Excellence for Technology-Assisted Neuro-rehabilitation Exercise and Research.

The Centre will be equipped with cutting-edge wearable robotic technologies for upper and lower limbs. It will include mobile devices which can be placed in any local community with trained health professionals. Advances in telemedicine mean an individual regional user, their device and local therapy team, remain connected with the Centre and equal participants in neuro-rehabilitation exercise programs, as those who are able to visit the Centre.

Help us make this vision a much needed reality for Australians living with physical disabilities from neurological conditions.

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