We provide a number of services to support adults living with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus and these are called our ASSIST services. ASSIST stands for Adult Services, Skills, Information and Support Team. Our objectives of the ASSIST service are to:
- Assist adults with Spina Bifida or Hydrocephalus
- Assist adults to develop the skills and confidence to maintain a quality lifestyle
- To foster a meaningful sense of self and to contribute to a healthier and more integrated community
- To provide flexible support that is responsive and respectful of human dignity and worth
The eligibility for our ASSIST services is:
- Any adult whose primarymedical condition is Spina Bifida or Hydrocephalus, and wholives in Queensland.
- Referral to ASSIST can be made by anyone, however consent by the person with SBH is required.
- Registration with SBH ASSIST and Department of Communities is required.
Individual Response Service
ASSIST can provide short term support, information and referral. Services available include, counseling, advocacy, equipment prescription, home modifications, support with employment and community access. We also provide these services via email and telephone to those living outside South East Queensland. Our support staff do their best to link those living in rural and remote areas to local community support services.
Adults living with Spina Bifida and or hydrocephalus are eligible to take part in our GOALS program. GOALS stands for Growth Opportunity Access and Life Skills.
GOALS consists of three programs per year focused on increasing skills, knowledge and confidence in different areas of daily life. Each program offers a four day intensive workshop and individual follow up in the participant’s home or their local environment for up to 12 months. Within the GOALS program, there are different program structures to suit individual needs. These include:
- The Retreat Program, which focusses on Communication, personality, self-awareness, self-esteem, positive thought and positive action, goals and choices and dreaming.
- The Women’s Program, which focusses on women’s health, safety, relationships, pregnancy and motherhood.
- The Men’s Program, which focusses on men’s health, anger management and difficult emotions, stress, sex and relationships.
- The Between 2 Worlds Program, which focusses on social perceptions and values, relationships and sex, grief and loss, anxiety, depression and coping being caught between ‘disabled’ and ‘abled’ words.
As part of our service, we provide a number of community events and platforms for communication, discussion and interaction. These include our Facebook page, a series of local lunches in the community each year and an annual Christmas Party as well as encouraging attendance at our fundraising events.
To learn more about our services or to enquire about them, please click here.
Our ASSIST services are funded 80% by the Department of Communities: Disability Services and 20% by community donations and fundraising.