PQSA’s Peer Support Advocates are people living with spinal cord injury who can provide support, advice information and advocacy for clients and their family and friends. As they have experienced spinal cord injury, they bring an understanding of the issues confronting our clients during and after rehabilitation.
The Peer Support Advocates do much of their work at the Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre’s Spinal Injuries Unit. Whilst the primary purpose of this service is to provide key education and support in the months following the initial injury, the Peer Support Advocates also play an essential role in the transition of people back into the community through an outreach service and home visits.
The Peer Support Advocates are essential because:
- They play a key role in supporting PQSA’s clients on a wide range of issues, resources and services associated with spinal cord injury
- They offer a flexible service designed to meet each individual’s needs
- They can provide representation to ensure clients have access to the best medical and non-medical services
- They can link our clients to a range of mainstream (e.g. health) and disability services that may assist with ongoing rehabilitation and goal attainment
To continue this great work, PQSA hopes to raise $75,000 in 2017 to be able to extend the program into regional areas of South Australia. Your contribution will allow us to reach this target, and for this, PQSA is extremely grateful.