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Paraplegic Benefit Fund Australia (PBF)
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No-one expects a split second decision to result in a spinal cord injury.
No-one expects a split second decision to result in a spinal cord injury.

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A big congratulations to two of PBF’s Corporate Members who received awards on 23rd November at the Injury Matters Summit in WA. Royal Life Saving Society WA won two and City of Mandurah picked up one.

The awards recognised outstanding initiatives and programs implemented across WA in health, NFP organisations, community groups, universities and the government sector. The event focused around current directions, practice and trends in injury prevention.

#pbfaustralia #injuryprevention
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On 13th November PBF’s west coast office held a professional development day for our presenters.

This was combined with lunch at the Wembley Golf Course and a bit of fun trying out Empower Golf WA's Paragolfer.

Pictured is Symon Still giving it a red hot go.

#pbfaustralia #paragolfer #empowergolf
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This Christmas gift a PBF membership to your family and friends.

Every gift voucher sold will also help us to deliver our injury prevention programs and support those living with SCI.

Members are eligible to apply for a benefit payment of $250,000, should they sustain a traumatic spinal cord injury*.

Low annual membership fees:Individual $50; Double $75; Whole Family for only $90 (includes all children under 18yrs of age!)

To purchase a gift voucher please call 1800 809 780 or visit our website below.

* Please see our PDS for full terms and conditions

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PBF Australia was represented at this year's Growing Expectations event by Katie Stokes. This is a national summit hosted by the Grower's Group Alliance (GGA) in Western Australia. The summit discussed national investment trends in research, development and extension landscape, and opportunities for regional and local economies through farming group networks. Bridget Fitzgerald, ABC's Country Hour presenter in WA, was the Master of Ceremonies.

#pbfaustralia #growersgroupalliance #ABCcountryhour
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During November PBF's Paul O'Brien traveled to Penrith, Yass, Newcastle, Bathurst and Coffs Harbour, delivering our injury prevention workplace presentations to TransGrid climbing arborists.

Reinforcing the importance of safety being a core life value and everyone's responsibility.

#pbfaustralia #workingatheights #transgrid #arborists #injuryprevention

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Encouraging more people to make a difference in road safety. On 29th November Dr Bridie Scott-Parker (Senior Research Follow) hosted the University of the Sunshine Coast 's 4th annual Young Drivers Seminar.

The theme "Young Drivers & Hazard Perception" focused on the fact that P Plate drivers are still developing their situation awareness skills.

Darron Shields (PBF) is pictured here with; Dr Bridie Scott Parker (Adolescent Risk Research Unit, Sunshine Coast Mind & Neuroscience Thompson Institute, USC); Steve Cantwell (University of Waikato NZ): Professor Carlo Prato (School of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland - UQ); Dr Oscar Oviedo-Trespalacios (Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety - Queensland)

#pbfaustralia #roadsafety #youngdriversseminar #injuryprevention
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When Clare is not working for PBF as part of our peer support team, she is playing basketball for her country. Clare is a dual Paralympian and you can see her interview here in regards to the Western Australian Institute of Sport's (WAIS) first Paralympic program.

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“Your visit has no doubt left a strong impression with us all and left us thinking of ways to aim to reduce the incidence of serious injury at work, on the road and at play.”

On 15th November PBF’s Symon Still conducted a presentation for our corporate member Quickmail. Symon’s story really engages the audience, with feedback from the staff highlighting the quality and relevance of PBF’s safety message.

Quickmail is a complete Communications Hub, assisting businesses with direct mail campaigns, design concepts, creation and print, online pick, pack & dispatch solutions, complex data programing and email marketing.

#pbfaustralia #injuryprevention #safetyprograms #quickmailaus
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Give a Gift with the Value of Helping Others. “Personally I have felt the significant impact of the financial stress a spinal cord injury imposes on the injured and their families,” Peter Hasker (PBF Member since 2005).

Peter incurred a spinal cord injury after he was thrown from a horse in 1962. He joined PBF Australia regardless of his injury occurring 40 years prior. “The PBF benefit would have helped us enormously as I had no insurance. Despite the fact that I am now not eligible to claim a PBF benefit payment, I can still see the value in becoming a member as I am helping other people.”

Peter and all PBF members can be proud to say that their membership helps those living with spinal cord injury. This Christmas please gift a PBF Membership to your family and friends.

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RYDA Road Safety Awards luncheon was held in Sydney on Monday 20th of November. PBF Australia was the recipient of The Facilitator Award, presented by Felicity Wilson (Member for North Shore).

Working with RSE for over 10 years, PBF’s presenters deliver the “After The Crash” session. We give students the chance to hear first-hand about the very real experiences of a crash survivor. Working across all 3 Sydney venues and metropolitan and regional venues in Queensland, it is estimated that over 40,000 students have benefited from the work that PBF Australia have done through RYDA.

Our presenter, Michelina Pelosi, accepted the award on behalf of PBF Australia, speaking beautifully to her injury and the wonderful work that PBF do for road safety education.

#roadsafetyeducation #rydaroadsafety #pbfaustralia #sci
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