South Australia Spinal Cord Injury Services (SASCIS) at Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre
The South Australian Spinal Cord Injury Service (SASCIS) is a state-wide service providing specialist rehabilitation services for South Australia. SASCIS provides services for adults who have sustained neurological impairment due to spinal cord injury (SCI) from both traumatic and non-traumatic causes.
Specialist services may be provided for patients beyond SA state borders where there is a lack of other options for patients:
western New South Wales
north western Victoria).
A consultative service is provided for paediatric spinal cord injury services.
The “hub” of SASCIS is located at Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre.
SASCIS provides acute injury management at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and specialist input to other hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient clinics at Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre, centre and home based ambulatory rehabilitation, outreach services, and support to other services who work with people with a spinal cord injury.
Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit
Referral and admission
The SASCIS inpatient spinal injury unit (SIU) provides specialist inpatient rehabilitation services for adults who have sustained neurological impairment due to spinal cord injury (SCI) from both traumatic and non-traumatic causes. Referrals to the inpatient unit are accepted from medical teams at other hospitals and rehabilitation units and from general practitioners. A SASCIS inpatient referral form (PDF 118KB) should be used for all referrals.
Address: Ward 2C2D, 207-235 Hampstead Rd Northfield South Australia Telephone: 8222 1625
At Hampstead Spinal Injury Unit (SIU), people with a spinal cord injury work with a team of health professionals to continue their recovery and maximise their independence and abilities. The members of the rehab team include:
Rehabilitation programs are tailored to each individual. Rehabilitation is a collaborative process and patients on the unit are supported to actively participate in daily ward routines, therapy and education sessions, and other activities on site.
For more information about our service and inpatient spinal cord injury rehabilitation please take a look at the following resources:
SASCIS provides a range of specialist medical and allied health outpatient services at Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre, providing assessment, short-term intervention and review.
Who can use this service?
on discharge from Hampstead Spinal Injury Unit, individuals with a new spinal cord injury will be provided information about on-going outpatient appointments. SASCIS clients will receive on-going medical reviews. Referral to other specialist clinics is on an assessed needs basis.
clients new to SASCIS, or those not seen by SASCIS for ≥12 months require a general practitioner or specialist referral.
Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre Outpatient Department Telephone: (08) 8222 1627 Fax: (08) 8222 1866
SASCIS holds multi-disciplinary outreach clinics in Mt Gambier and Whyalla twice a year, attended by a rehabilitation physician, a spinal nurse and a spinal therapist.
Medical and nursing follow-up outpatient reviews are held at Noarlunga Hospital on a monthly basis. SASCIS rehabilitation physicians also provide regular outreach clinics to Alice Springs, Darwin and East Arnhem.
Who can use this service?
people who are current clients of SASCIS may access this service
clients new to SASCIS, or those not seen by SASCIS for ≥12 months require a general practitioner or specialist referral to the Hampstead outpatient department
current clients are sent notification of South Australian country clinics around 6 to 8 weeks prior to the clinic
clinicians from host health services may request assessments and are encouraged to attend appointments with their clients.
for access to Northern Territory outreach, contact the Northern Territory spinal nurse.
Spinal Outreach Rehabilitation Team
Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre Telephone: (08) 8222 1600
The Spinal Outreach Rehabilitation Team (SORT) provides goal-directed support to individuals to enable them to manage their new way of life after sustaining a spinal cord injury. SORT’s allied health and nursing staff provide home, centre and phone based services to support the transition from inpatient rehabilitation to community independence and participation. SORT provides specialist advice and consultation to other services and health professionals working with people with a new spinal cord injury.
Who can use this service?
people with a newly acquired spinal cord injury who have completed their inpatient rehabilitation at Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre
SORT services are available for up to 1 year following an individual’s discharge from the Hampstead Spinal Injury Unit
health professionals providing services to individuals with a newly acquired spinal cord injury may contact SORT for specialist advice and guidance
The SA Spinal Cord Injury Services Spinal Cord Injury Research Centre (SASCIRC) is the research arm of the SASCIS clinical service and a subsidiary of the Centre for Orthopaedics and Trauma Research, University of South Australia. SASCIRC aims to improve spinal cord injury care and patient outcomes through knowledge and knowledge translation. Evidence-based research programmes bridge the continuum of the basic, translational and clinical sciences.
What you should know if you are considering participating in a clinical trial
The International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD) is an interdisciplinary research centre focused on spinal cord injury. ICORD has produced a guide that is intended to address some of the questions you may have concerning various therapies or treatments after spinal cord injuries.
elearnSCI is an initiative of International Spinal Cord Society (ISCOS) with partners around the world. It offers free on line learning modules about management of spinal cord injuries for students and healthcare professionals
Useful links and resources
ParaQuad South Australia (PQSA) is a community organisation working with and for people affected by spinal cord injuries in South Australia. PQSA provides information, advice and referral for accommodation, peer support, counselling and advocacy, family support services and raises community awareness. SASCIS has a key partnership with PQSA to support the delivery of a range of services to people with spinal cord injury.
PQSA:1800 063 419 or (08) 8355 3500. PQSA Peer Support Advocates at the SIU: (08) 8222 1820 or (08) 82221818.
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