“Pathway to Independence”

Traumatic Spinal Injury

What is spinal cord injury or trauma?

Every year 300 Australians sustain an injury where their spinal cord is damaged. It can happen to anyone. The injury interrupts nerve signals between the brain and body. The physical impact is permanent, life changing and can involve pain and paralysis. Over half sustain quadriplegia. More than 50% of spinal cord injuries are from motor vehicle accidents. A further 28% are due to falls. 15 – 24 year olds are the largest group suffering spinal cord trauma, but there is also an increase in injuries to people in their mid-40’s.

What is paraplegia and what is quadriplegia?
Paraplegia is paralysis (loss of sensation and movement) in the lower part of the body – the legs, and part or all of the trunk. Quadriplegia is paralysis (loss of sensation and movement) in the arms, legs and most or all of the trunk. Every injury is different and there may be a degree of movement or sensation remaining.
Can someone with a spinal cord injury live independently?
Yes. Sargood on Collaroy will be an environment where people can heal, gain new skills to live independently and learn how to reconnect with society physically and emotionally.
How long does it take to regain independence?

That varies from person to person and depends on the injuries involved. There are many new life challenges for people with spinal  injury. The recovery process can include:

  • Early hospital care
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Dealing with emotional impacts, confidence and self-esteem
  • Managing relationships
  • Learning to use new technologies and tools
  • Developing routines to live independently
  • Moving back to an adapted home
  • Gaining new skills for working life
  • Connecting with the community
Learning these skills and re-building confidence can be key to moving forward with a rewarding and independent life. Sargood on Collaroy will help people with a spinal cord injury accomplish day-to-day activities such as functioning in a kitchen, learning to use technology and other independent living skills. It will also address challenges such as work issues, relationships and life long goals.


How can I help?

We couldn’t do it without you. Sargood Foundation is so grateful for its committed supporters.

Make a Gift: You can make a real impact on someone’s life by supporting the Sargood Foundation. Learn about supporting the Sargood Foundation here. Consider corporate support here.

Volunteer: When the centre opens there will be many ways to get more involved. Find out more about volunteering at Sargood on Collaroy here.

Join as a Friend: You can become a Friend of Sargood here. Our Friends support the Sargood Foundation, share our vision and represent community interest. Become a Friend of Sargood.

Can I leave something to Sargood Foundation in my will?

The Sargood Foundation is grateful to anyone who would like to leave something behind to help build a future for others. Make a bequest.

The Building Project

Can I view the plans?
What stage has construction reached?

Find our most recent building news , please check out our Instagram account and our FaceBook Page

How is Sargood being funded?

The development of Sargood on Collaroy was the result of a new partnership between the Life Time Care and Support Authority (iCare), the Sargood Foundation (representing the community), as well as a private foundation. The Sargood Foundation is continually raising funds “to support a stay” and to provide services and equipment to those in necessitous circumstances. You can donate to the Sargood Foundation here.

Please check back regularly for updates as this project evolves.

Invest in the future of people with spinal CORD injury