Victorian Spinal Cord Service

About us

The Victorian Spinal Cord Service at Austin Health is one of six such specialist services in Australia. It provides acute management & rehabilitation for people who sustain traumatic and some non-traumatic spinal cord injuries from Victoria, Tasmania and the Riverina of NSW. It forms part of Victoria’s State Trauma System.

It provides inpatient and outpatient services at the Austin Hospital and Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre in addition to a range of clinic and community based services. It works in close partnership with specialist units within Austin Health and with community service providers.


The Victorian Spinal Cord Service strives to deliver innovative programs based upon internationally recognised principles of spinal cord management using a team model that emphasises continuous improvement. The service aims to attract, retain and develop staff of the highest calibre in order to provide patient focused programs of world standing.


The Victorian Spinal Cord Service will be at the forefront of comprehensive spinal cord management.

It will continue to be recognised for its contribution to :

  • standards of clinical care
  • clinical research that serves to increase the body of knowledge regarding spinal cord injury and to improve quality of life for people with a spinal cord injury
  • community education related to prevention of spinal cord injury
  • promoting health and preventing complications associated with spinal cord injury
  • supporting patients' return to full and active lives in the community
  • building partnerships with other agencies to achieve positive outcomes for people with spinal cord injury