The New Zealand Spinal Trust has two sites, one located in the Burwood Hospital in Christchurch and the other in the Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit in Auckland. It is a specialist hospital that caters for a wide variety of spinal injuries. The hospital’s main focus is on rehabilitation after spinal injuries. The Trust operates as a resource to enable people to learn to live with spinal cord injuries and as such it does not refer to itself directly as a medical institution, instead concentrating on the learning requirements of rehabilitation.
The Trust also focuses on redirecting people’s energy in a positive direction, such as finding work after having a spinal cord injury (SCI). There is a distinct focus on the variety of opportunities that exist, not just for newly injured people but for those who have been living with a SCI for years. This is reflected in the programme’s name; the Kaleidoscope Programme. The Trust is a nationwide resource which helps hundreds of people in New Zealand and provides a range of outlets and resources for those living with SCI. Therefore this is an interesting elective for those who wish to specialise in patient rehabilitation.
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