Overview of our services

Outreach Nursing

SBHA provides Community Outreach Nursing Services whereby members can consult with our highly qualified nurse either in our offices or in the comfort of their own home. Our nurse is also available to assist by attending medical and specialist appointments with members on occasion, and has specialist medical knowledge and qualifications relating to the two conditions. Please feel free to contact her by phone on the general office number, or by email via lisa.chua@spinabifida.asn.au

Support

Our primary purpose for existence is to provide support to members. Simply put; a place that understands the problems and issues that accompany Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus. Part of that support is available in the form of professional counselling if required, and sometimes just a friendly ear. Advocacy as required is supplied by our various staff upon request from members. This can include our staff assisting and advising members with social security issues, transport arrangements, schools, financial, social contact and employment issues.

Providing services such as those detailed on this page places a great financial strain on any organisation. SBHA is no different. Through our fundraising initiatives and campaigns, the public are welcome to assist by way of their tax deductable donation or even by virtue of other goods, services or time volunteered for our cause.

Social Inclusion / Independent Living Skills

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Through our extensive Social Inclusion program we cater for a diverse range of activities, to provide members with the chance to enjoy events and opportunities they would otherwise not be able to participate in. Our extensive knowledge of and experience with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus has enabled us to tailor specialised independent living skills, educational and training sessions.

Examples of the types of events and activities on offer include:

  • Wheels in Motion – A wheelchair based fitness program
  • Healthy Food Choices - Teaching members many skills from planning & shopping through to correct food preparation and cooking
  • Wheelchair Skills - Helping members to better use their wheelchairs and to aid general mobility & access.

Medical (and other related) Subsidies

SBHA has an extensive list of subsidies on offer to members for medical and related expenses incurred, for which we can offer a rebate to ease the cost burden. Please refer to our Subsidies Information page for further information. Alternatively, feel free to call the office and speak to one of the Member Services Team for more details.

Information/Advice/Education

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With our extensive knowledge and understanding about Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus, we welcome calls and emails from people seeking information and advice about the conditions. Our staff are often asked to visit and present talks to organisations and institutions such as; schools, other disability service providers, clubs & associations and various other entities – to help them to better understand the conditions and our members’ needs. Health professionals can also be provided with information and seminars on Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus when required. We see this as just another way to raise awareness and increase community understanding and support.

Other Services

Through our strong relationships with other like minded organisations and bodies, we can assist members to access services not available through our own in-house resources and thereby expand the ability for our members to further live independently. We have established links to other community organisations and assist them where possible. We also support student and volunteer placements to assist young training professionals to better understand the conditions and we welcome offers of assistance from members of the community who wish to volunteer their time and expertise to assist our cause.