Welcome to the Spire Community Blog. This is a place for our community to connect by sharing views and experiences, by finding common ground, or by discussing differences.

Content will range from short stories with a black humour element, to serious articles with sources cited.
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) may, or may not, take centre stage. This is about life in its entirety and sometimes the SCI and the effects it has on our life is our main focus, and sometimes it’s not even in view.

Our bloggers are community members, who all live with a SCI, whether it is their own, or a family member’s.
You are invited to comment on the posts and we also welcome guest contributions; feel free to contact us if you'd like to become a guest blogger for Spire.

Peak - trough - peak!
21 September, 2021

Formerly ultra-fit hand cyclist LACHIE  O’BRIEN records his journey back to health and strength after a medical emergency and a second stint of rehab at Royal Talbot.

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Walking with an exoskeleton
30 June, 2021

Brad Axford has been working with a team of graduate students at The University of Melbourne to develop an exoskeleton. He spoke with DAN NATHAN.

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Seizing adventure whenever I can
24 June, 2021

JOHN OSMOND has been seeing friends and family this year, and going on adventures.
While it's required some nerve to make plans that could be covid-cancelled at any minute, John has found the payoff more than worth it.

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The UK has an app that helps you refuel. We should adopt it too!
15 June, 2021

By downloading an app, people who use wheelchairs could convince petrol station operators to make refuelling easier, writes Victor Bibby.

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The exoskeleton rollercoaster
20 April, 2021

The University of Melbourne joined forces with AQA to develop an exoskeleton for the CYBATHLON competition. Covid-19 blocked their path to competing, but not their larger contribution to developing this important technology.

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