His Excellency The Honourable Chris Dawson APM, Governor of Western Australia
Every day in Australia someone sustains a permanent spinal cord injury. The consequences are life changing, impacting not only those injured, but their family, friends, colleagues, and the broader community.
Receiving emotional, practical, and financial support following a spinal cord injury is pivotal to moving forward, helping the permanently injured adapt to their new challenges and to go on to live rich and fulfilling lives.
Having personally witnessed the devastating impact of road trauma I acknowledge the importance of PBF Australia’s injury prevention programs and the employment opportunities and peer support they provide for those living with spinal cord injury. I am aware that PBF members who have sustained permanent spinal cord injury have greatly benefited from the financial support provided so soon after injury, helping to reduce financial stress at a time of great distress.
As patron, I commend the Board, staff, and volunteers of PBF in their ongoing efforts to reduce the incidence and impact of spinal cord injuries in Australia and support their endeavours in promoting safe practices on the road, in the water and the workplace.