Spinal Home Help strives for all Queenslanders living with a spinal cord injury and their families to have full choice and control over their lives and participate fully in their communities. We offer support from the first admission to the spinal injuries unit through to the hospital discharge and beyond.
Spinal Home Help is an NDIS registered not-for-profit organisation founded and run by people with spinal cord injuries. We provide tailored supports and services to meet individual needs and preferences. Our person-centred approach and strong community values positions SHH as the preferred provider for those who prioritise personalised service.
Spinal Home Help honors each person’s independence, choice, and control. We value and understand the importance of tailoring support services to an individuals unique needs.
At Spinal Home Help we strive to support our community to have a voice and speak up for the rights of Queenslanders with spinal cord injuries and all disabilities.
At Spinal Home Help we believe that together is better. We value strong alliances with local agencies and providers to deliver quality services.
During his recovery in the Princess Alexandra Spinal Injuries Unit, Malakai Tava was known for his passion and determination to better the lives of people with spinal injuries and other disabilities.
Due to funding arrangements and current legislation at the time, Malakai was advised that upon his discharge from the Spinal Unit he had the option to live in a group habitation setting (a nursing home) if his family was unable to provide care for him. Despite his frustration, Malakai undertook a campaign while still in the Spinal Unit, to push legislators, health, and government bodies to provide not only age-appropriate care but also better services and funding packages for people with a spinal injury and their families.
The campaign was a success and in 2013, many years of advocacy and improved legislation later, along with a small team of people with spinal injury, family, and friends, Malakai successfully founded Spinal Home Help Incorporated (SHH).
SHH envisions a future where all Queenslanders with a spinal cord injury have the confidence and supports to engage with their communities and live life to the fullest, and to continue to work hard to achieve that goal.