Rural Spinal Cord Injury Service

The Rural Spinal Cord Injury Service (RSCIS) supports people with Spinal Cord Injuries to access support services, treatment, support and evidence based information to improve their health outcomes and opportunities.

The RSCIS operates as part of a “hub and spoke” model with the Spinal Outreach Service (SOS) located at Royal Rehabilitation, Ryde.

A Rural Coordinator is based at Ballina District Hospital and provides support to clients and clinicians across the Northern NSW Local Health District. The coordinator supports clients to manage the varied issues that occur as a result of living with a Spinal Cord Injury. They also provide a link between rural clinicians, rural SCI clients, and specialist metropolitan spinal cord injury specific services.

Who can access the RSCIS?

  • People with an acquired SCI where there is persistent neurological deficit arising from either a traumatic or non-traumatic but non-progressive cause
  • People aged 16 years and over
  • People with functional, psychosocial or health promotion goals
  • Resident within the Northern NSW Local Health District

For more information and resources visit the State Spinal Cord Injury Service website.

Contact Information:

Ballina District Hospital
PO Box 523, Ballina NSW 2478

(02) 6620 6361 (02) 6620 6348

Hours of operation:

8am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday