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