Outlines a vision, purpose, priorities and eight overarching objectives to help ensure the best possible health and wellbeing outcomes for people with spinal cord impairment, enhancing their quality of life and ability to participate in society.
Spinal cord impairment (SCI) is rare but complex. Every year in New Zealand approximately 80 to 130 people are diagnosed with SCI through injury or medical/congenital causes. This affects their lives and those of many others, especially their families and whānau. SCI can occur at any age from birth, during childhood or as an adult. Due to medical advancements most people living with SCI now have a near normal life expectancy, but this brings with it progressive complexity for people and their lifelong self-management.