A valuable digital resource has been launched to help people with spinal cord injuries troubleshoot some of the complex health challenges that can arise after injury.
The Spinal Cord Injury Health Maintenance Tool, which includes a website, smartphone app and hardcopy booklets, has been designed to empower people to self-manage their health-related needs and maintain a high quality of life.
Launched by NSW Health Secretary Susan Pearce AM, the tool provides reliable, evidence-based and easy-to-understand information to help those with spinal cord injuries and their primary health care providers manage injury related concerns.
It features interactive tools such as a quick health checker, collaborative care plans, symptom trackers and goal setting programs.
The tool also offers self-management strategies focusing on mental health and wellbeing, as well as bladder, bowel, skin, pain and autonomic dysreflexia concerns.
University of Sydney and Kolling Institute researcher Professor James Middleton, who was instrumental in the design of the resource, said the tool had been written through the lens of someone with a spinal cord injury, so individuals can learn what they need to do to stay well and what action to take when health issues arise.