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South Australia Spinal Cord Injury Service (SASCIS)

The South Australian Spinal Cord Injury service (SASCIS) is a Statewide service which also covers the Northern Territory and Western New South Wales.

Spinal Cord Injury RehabilitationThe SASCIS provides acute injury management, rehabilitation and follow-up for people who have suffered spinal cord injury or disease.

The SASCIS team is lead by Dr Ruth Marshall, the Medical Director, and comprises a team of spinal cord injury nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, physical educators, social workers, clinical psychologist and peer advocates. SASCIS provides both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs, tailored to individual patient needs.

The "hub" of SASCIS is located at Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre. The Hampstead Spinal Injury Unit is the only inpatient spinal rehabilitation unit in South Australia. Referrals to the 25 bed inpatient unit at Hampstead are accepted from medical teams at an early stage in recovery. A SASCIS inpatient referral form should be used for all referrals to facilitate assessment.

PDF Download Printable Referral Form (32 kB)

Hampstead has a range of therapy and recreation facilities available for patients. Research also plays an important role, with SASCIS staff actively involved in a range of research programs aimed at improving the treatment and quality of life for people with spinal cord injury.

SASCIS Rehabilitation Manual

Further information about spinal cord injury and our service is located in the SASCIS Rehabilitation Manual. We invite you to review the chapters below.

PDF Download  Foreword.pdf (53 kB)
PDF Download  Table of Contents.pdf (73 kB)
PDF Download  Chapter 1:  Anatomy of the Spinal and Nervous System.pdf (467 kB)
PDF Download  Chapter 2:  Spinal Cord Injury.pdf (112 kB)
PDF Download  Chapter 3:  Impact of SCI on the Musculoskeletal System.pdf (117 kB)
PDF Download  Chapter 4:  Autonomic Nervous System.pdf (104 kB)
PDF Download  Chapter 5:  Skin Care.pdf (308 kB)
PDF Download  Chapter 6:  Bladder Care.pdf (106 kB)
PDF Download  Chapter 7:  Bowel Management.pdf (82 kB)
PDF Download  Chapter 8:  Sexuality & Fertility.pdf (534 kB)
PDF Download  Chapter 9:  Medications.pdf (140 kB)
PDF Download  Chapter 10:  Adjusting to Life after Spinal Cord Injury.pdf (72 kB)
PDF Download  Chapter 11:  The Spinal Injury Unit Team.pdf (197 kB)
PDF Download  Chapter 12:  Services Associated with the Spinal Injury Unit.pdf (172 kB)
PDF Download  Chapter 13:  Equipment, Seating and Posture.pdf (220 kB)
PDF Download  Chapter 14:  ‘Getting By’ at Hampstead.pdf (110 kB)
PDF Download  Chapter 15:  Handouts and Specific Information.pdf (94 kB)
PDF Download  Chapter 16:  Troubleshooting Guide.pdf (72 kB)
PDF Download  Chapter 17:  Glossary of Terms.pdf (107 kB)

Treatment of Autonomic Dysreflexia

PDF Download  Treatment of Autonomic Dysreflexia for adults with spinal cord injuries (210 kB)
PDF Download  Treatment Algorithm for Autonomic Dysreflexia (Hypertensive Crisis) In Spinal Cord Injury (47 kB)

Experimental Treatments for SCI

What you should know if you are considering participation in a clinical trial

This easy-to-read booklet, produced by the ICCP (International Campaign for Cures for spinal cord injury Paralysis), provides you first with an overview of the ASIA scale and spontaneous recovery, and then looks at the risks of unapproved treatments. You will discover how clinical trials work, from Phase 1 to Phase 4, as well as the basics of trial design and pre-clinical studies. You will read about the ethics of clinical trials, bias, controls, and the importance of informed consent are then discussed, followed by a review of some scales that are used to measure functional benefits. You will learn about some concerns that might arise regarding the possibility of taking part in a future trial after already participating in a trial. You will then be introduced to some experimental approaches to SCI currently being studied. Finally, the document provides you with a list of questions that you can pose to a researcher inviting you to participate in a human study. This checklist might assist you in your decision whether or not to participate in the trial.

Download the summary containing the Participation Checklist;
PDF Download  What you should know summary + Participation Checklist. (1.09 mB)

Alternatively, you can download the full version from the ICORD (International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries).