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Canadian SCI Rehabilitation Introduction

Halifax | Site Profiles Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program, Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Capital Health The Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre (NSRC) is part of the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, and provides inpatient rehabilitation services for individuals with SCI in Nova Scotia, as well as for complex cases in the Atlantic Provinces. Individuals with SCI are treated in the inpatient neuro-rehabilitation unit. This 17-bed unit has two physiatrists, seven registered nurses, eight licensed practical nurses, two-and-a-half OTs, one OT assistant, three PTs, one PT assistant, a nutritionist, a social worker, a recreation therapist and a vocational counsellor. The unit also provides access to medical, surgical, psychology, addiction and chaplaincy services. Partnerships include a collaborative relationship with the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Nova Scotia) for access to onsite counsellors and provincial peer counselling; the Rick Hansen Institute, the Abilities Foundation and the TETRA Society (a volunteer organization that develops innovative, adaptive aids for individuals with disabilities). Clinical programs available to the SCI population include a specialtyseating clinic, an interdisciplinary orthotic clinic, a pressure ulcer management clinic and a specialty driving program. NSRC is internationally renowned for its wheelchair skills program, developed by Dr. R. Lee Kirby and the wheelchairs skills team; and has a strong SCI research program with projects from basic science to clinical trials. Our basic researchers have ongoing projects aimed at understanding motor programming, in the central nervous system, and the role of stem cells for SCI repair. Active clinical projects are focused on understanding the demographics of SCI in Nova Scotia, and on the prevention of pain after SCI. A hallmark of the research program has been development of the SCI Research Network, through the Atlantic Mobility Action Project (www.amap.ca). HALIFAX | SITE PROFILES 35


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