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new world-first facility for spinal cord injury opens in collaroy

On the eve of the International Day of People with a Disability, the NSW Government today officially launched the $22 million Sargood on Collaroy, an Australian-first health and wellness facility to support people living with a spinal cord injury.

icare CEO Vivek Bhatia was joined at today’s launch of the facility by  Member for Manly, Premier Mike Baird; NSW Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation, Victor Dominello; Member for Pittwater, Rob Stokes; Federal Member for Mackellar, Jason Falinski; Sargood Foundation Vice-Patron Rod Macqueen AM; and key partners and community members.

Mr Bhatia said Sargood on Collaroy is the first facility of its kind in the world. It will support people living with spinal cord injury to refresh, learn and reconnect with the community, and was delivered through a non-profit partnership between icare, the Sargood Foundation and a private benefactor.

“Sargood on Collaroy is a world-first, purpose-built wellness facility, co-designed by, and for, people living with a spinal injury,” Mr Bhatia said.

“The word-class facility will provide transitional residential care to support people’s ongoing transition from injury to independent living,” he said.

“On average one person sustains a spinal cord injury in Australia every single day and about 15,000 people are living with one. Spinal cord injury is also the second most common type of severe injury experienced during motor vehicle accidents.

“It is important that these people and their families have access to tailored facilities that meet their specific needs and we will continue to support initiatives that sustain a better quality of life”, Mr Bhatia said.

Member for Manly, Premier Mike Baird said the new facility is built on the site of the former Collaroy Hospital, representing an ongoing commitment to health services in the area.

“Sargood stands as a shining example of what can be achieved when government partners with the non-for-profit sector and the local community,” Mr Baird said.

The world-class facility will be managed by leading rehabilitation service provider, Royal Rehab and features contemporary functional and design elements, including:

  • 17 fully accessible, self-contained apartments that can accommodate all levels of spinal cord injury. 3 family apartments, allowing families to holiday together in an uplifting resort style environment within a supportive local community.
  • A fully equipped gym using 'wheel in' equipment and state-of-the-art technology with no heavy pins and weights to adjust; enabling people ease of access and independent gym use.

Royal Rehab CEO Stephen Lowndes said the world-class facility would provide an environment where injured people and their families can heal and learn new skills to live independently.

“Sargood on Collaroy will support people with a spinal cord injury to gain the life skills to live independently in their communities. We will accommodate around 120 guests and their families at our health and wellness resort for people with a spinal cord injury each year, while many more will benefit from the occasional day programs offered,” Mr Lowndes said.

Paralympic silver medalist Nick Taylor has been appointed General Manager, Sargood Foundation and Board.

“I’m excited by the opportunity Sargood on Collaroy represents. There is no other facility like this that promotes a holistic approach to health and wellness that’s been specifically designed for people with spinal injuries,” Mr Taylor said.

“All of the parties involved in this partnership should be congratulated for the innovation and potential to provide unrivalled support to Australians living with a spinal cord injury,” he said.

For more information visit: www.sargoodoncollaroy.com

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