The initial weeks and months of spinal cord injury rehabilitation are very challenging, and are typically spent in hospital. The paralysis from a damaged spinal cord frequently results in traumatic and permanent disability, which may affect mobility, sensation, and bladder, bowel or sexual function.
PBF Australia’s Peer Support Program is unique; supporting new spinal cord injury rehabilitation patients to move forward with confidence. Offering non-clinical advice and mobility skills training that will enable a spinal cord injury victim to continue to live a vibrant and independent life.
PBF Australia recently received a $30,000 donation through CBH Group’s Harvest Mass Management Scheme (HMMS). The funds will enable us to continue to deliver our peer support services at the Fiona Stanley Hospital and the Perth children’s hospital.
The HMMS seeks to reduce the number of instances of overloaded grain trucks arriving at CBH receival sites. During harvest growers are invited to forfeit grain from overloaded trucks, which is then sold and the resulting funds added to an annual pool of funds.
Since the program began in 2012 more than $622,000 has been donated to charities active in rural communities. Over the 2016-17 harvest, 833 tonnes of grain was forfeited resulting in the largest-ever annual donation from the HMMS of $220,000.
Each year CBH employees and growers are invited to nominate organisations they would like to support. CBH Group Chairman Wally Newman said he was pleased to announce that nine charities would receive funding from $15,000 to $30,000 each.
“CBH is committed to supporting rural communities and we’re pleased to be able to use the scheme to generate more funds for charities in addition to CBH Group’s annual community investment program,” Mr Newman said.
PBF peer support is currently made available to all newly injured patients admitted to the FSH spinal ward and a significant number of these are from Regional WA. On average 1 patient from Regional WA is admitted every 10 days to FSH spinal rehabilitation ward, approximately half of these are admitted with a traumatic spinal cord injury. In recent years an average of 8.6 patients from Regional WA have been left permanently paralysed following traumatic SCI each year (i.e. 1 every 6 weeks).
“As the sole provider of these essential peer support services in West Australia we ensure that anyone incurring a serious spinal cord injury throughout the State has access to this support by maintaining an active presence on the wards of the major spinal rehabilitation centres for both adults and children” says PBF Australia’s CEO Martin Browning. “We are delighted to have received such a significant donation from the CBH Group’s Harvest Mass management scheme and are extremely appreciative of their support”.