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icare publishes spinal injury guidance

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Insurance & Care NSW (icare) has produced the third edition of its guidance on the needs of adults with spinal cord injuries.

The updated tool aims to help injured people, their carers and health professionals.

Developer Sue Lukersmith undertook extensive research and review, leading a working party of experts that included health professionals, researchers, service providers, support workers and injured people.

The updated guidance includes simple definitions, screening tools, maintenance checklists, practical advice and links to information and resources focusing on patients.

“The injured person plays a key role in making decisions about the support they need,” Dr Lukersmith said.

 “We asked those living with a spinal cord injury what support and resources they require – not just immediately following their initial assessment, but over time, as their age, condition and lifestyle change.

“We also involved their ‘informal’ unpaid carers – family members and friends who assist and support them.”

The guidance can be accessed here.