SpinChat aims to raise awareness, promote prevention and educate secondary students about spinal cord injury.

The program sees young people with a spinal cord injury (SCI) and in wheelchairs, visit high school students* to talk about life before their injury, the cause of their injury, and life since. A strong focus of the presentation is on risk minimisation and the consequences of careless or high-risk activities such as dangerous driving or diving into shallow waters. SpinChat is in its sixth year, and has presented to over 40,000 students.

The facts

The statistics around spinal cord injury reveal just how important programs such as SpinChat are for secondary school students.

Those at the highest risk of suffering a spinal cord injury are aged between 15-24 years old (80% male, 20% female)

The most common causes of spinal cord injury are preventable

There is no cure for a spinal cord injury

350 to 400 new cases of spinal cord injury are reported in Australia each year; that’s more than one every day

With high school students amongst those at highest risk of acquiring a spinal cord injury, SpinChat aims to convey to students that the only way to prevent a spinal cord injury is to minimise risk.

What to expect

A SpinChat session lasts between 45-60 minutes. Each session can be tailored to suit your specific timetable requirements. Sessions include a short introductory DVD, the speaker sharing their personal story and experiences of spinal cord injury, and time for questions from students. Accompanying the program is a teacher’s pack containing extension activities, a speaker biography and further information about spinal cord injury.

*Note – while the program is aimed at Year 11 students, SpinChat can be tailored to other year levels.
Contact us for more information.