Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association partnered with PA Hospital to showcase sports and activities for patients, staff and hospital visitors this week.
The exhibition in the main foyer included a revolving display of wheelchair sports including cycling, bocce, tennis, and bowling from members of the Sporting Wheelies who foster important relationships with patients from the Division of Rehabilitation.
The exhibition was all about making people more aware of what’s out there and changing perceptions of what activities people are able to get involved in when they transition back to living in the community in a wheelchair.
Division of Rehabilitation Nurse Manager, Rob Moloney said the relationship we build with community groups such as Sporting Wheelies is vital to the transition from the acute care setting to the community.
“We work with our patients who have sustained a spinal or brain injury, or an amputation over many months to ensure they have the highest degree of independence their injury will allow when they go home,” Mr Moloney said.
“While that is a functional thing, we want our patients to integrate back into the community, embrace new activities for enjoyment and find a support network that can help them along their journey.
“The Sporting Wheelies are such a supportive network and it is great to see our patients realise they can actually play a sport and get excited about it.”