Spinal Injuries Unit

Specialist Hospital/Clinic | Christchurch, New Zealand

Hospital description

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.


Hospital type Specialist Hospital/Clinic
Local language English
Funding Status NGO/Charity


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