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Our mission is to raise funds for a Rex Bionics exoskeleton for every state and territory in Australia.

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Within each state/territory the exoskeleton will be placed with universities to further research trials, as well as shared with existing neuro-rehab service providers so they are able to offer a therapy session with an exoskeleton at no extra cost to their usual fees. AINRehab is in the process of building partnerships with universities and neuro-rehabilitation service providers across the country.

We chose Rex Bionics as our first neuro-rehab technology project to fund because of its hands-free self-supporting design. This has the potential to help people with higher level spinal cord injuries and people with acquired brain injuries who also have upper limb disabilities to exercise intensively in an upright position. We look forward to acquiring other exoskeletons and upper limb technologies in the future to ensure Australians can access the neuro-rehab technologies most suited to their needs, in their community.

By enabling more individuals to access Rex Bionics technology in their community as part of a research trial, they benefit from no-cost access to intensive neuro-rehab therapy which would otherwise be unaffordable. Importantly, we build a body of scientific evidence to inform future best practice clinical guidelines in Australia for neuro-rehab and shape public funding policy of neuro-rehab. By gifting access to the technology to existing neuro-rehab service providers in the community, we are enabling more individuals to access intensive upright exercise sessions in a robotic device at the same price they currently pay for therapy without state of the art robotic technology.

Did you know?

Neuro-rehabilitation is what happens next, after you have been diagnosed with a neurological condition and suffered damage to your brain or spinal cord, from injury or illness. It involves a healthcare team working together on an individualised program to maximise your functional abilities, health and quality of life.
Neuroplasticity is the brain and spine’s capacity to adapt and recover after being damaged by an injury or illness. Scientific evidence has shown that exercise interventions after brain and spinal damage has occurred, can lead to NeuroRecovery. To promote positive neuroplasticity, high intensity, repetitive, task-oriented training in a stimulating environment, is needed.
NeuroRecovery is the regaining of lost function and abilities which were impaired or lost e.g. learning to use your hand again, learning to stand and take steps again. It does not end when you leave hospital. The AIN recognises that NeuroRecovery is a life-long journey.
The right to rehabilitation i.e. therapy to support recovery post injury/illness, is a human right protected under the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ratified by the Australian Government.
Australian in-patients (public) receive 25% or less of recommended daily dosages of therapy i.e. 37mins/day instead of 3hours/day. There are currently no Australian standards. In the USA, in-patients must receive a minimum of 3hours/day for at least 5 days a week.
If just 10% of carers (who are family members of the person with the disability) were able to return to the workforce, there would be a $3 billion boost into the economy. If just 2% of people with a disability could come off the pension to work, then there would be an injection of $2.5 billion into the economy. Carer support packages and return to work initiatives are only part of the solution, boosting investment in rehabilitation is integral to the solution.

“After 198 sessions, the 61 year old female had a decrease of expected lifetime expenses between $148,237 and $197,208 due to the gained function” following intense walking therapy. Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network Study
The NDIS does not fund rehabilitation programs. AIN is committed to advocacy work, to improve Australians’ access to funding sources for ongoing access to Neuro-rehabilitation programs in the community.

“Rehabilitation increases independence and reduces the need for continued care, such that the cost of rehabilitation may be offset by savings in on-going care in the community” Professor Turner-Stokes, Chair of Rehabilitation Kings College London

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