Below is a brief run down of services and activities offered by Muscular Dystrophy SA. Click on the activity or service you are interested in to learn more or visit the ‘Get Support’ tab.
Hydrotherapy – Two one hour sessions are held at the Women’s & Children’s Hospital each Thursday. Hydrotherapy is facilitated by a neuro-physiotherapist and 2-4 attendants to assist clients on dry land and in the pool.
Physiotherapy – 1 free appointment per year is offered to clients as required. Clients are referred to 1 of 2 neuro-physiotherapists who have experience in the neuromuscular field and a long and successful working relationship with Muscular Dystrophy SA.
Speech Therapy – Clients are referred to a speech therapist experienced in working with individuals who have been diagnosed with a neuromuscular condition. Our speech therapist is available to see clients to address swallowing and choking issues. Appointments are available once a month.
Counselling – Muscular Dystrophy South Australia offers external counselling. Counselling can assist people to make sense of their lives, resolve specific problems and make decisions. If you are interested in being provided with counselling then please contact Client Services on 8234 5266.
Support Groups – Muscular Dystrophy South Australia facilitates a variety of support groups. The Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA) group is held on the second Wednesday of each month. A monthly MD Mafia support group is held on weekends monthly for young men aged 15-25. A variety of support groups are also organised throughout the year for individuals, these groups include CMT, Myositis and Leukodystrophy. Such groups take place as required by clients. Other support groups can be arranged if there is sufficient client need.
Buddy Up Program – Muscular Dystrophy SA facilitates the Buddy Up Program. The Buddy Up Program revolves around 1:1 interaction between a volunteer and a client. Buddies can attend social events together or they can choose to spend time at the client’s home. The Buddy Up Program provides a learning, educational and awareness promoting experience for volunteers and it is a great opportunity for clients to build their social networks within the community. Contact Hoda in Client Services on 8234 5266 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get involved either as a buddy or as a volunteer.
Camp Capacity – Camp Capacity is a four night, five day camp held for children and young adults with a neuromuscular condition and their siblings who are aged between 5-25. It is a great opportunity for campers to make new friends, gain new experiences and enjoy themselves in a supportive environment away from home. Campers are matched up with volunteer carers who assist them throughout their stay. Camp is also a great chance for parents and carers to have some much needed respite. For more information, visit our Recreational Activities page.
Grown-Up’s Getaway – Muscular Dystrophy SA holds a three night “getaway” weekend for adult clients who are over 25 once per year. In March 2014 a group of clients & their carers headed to the Wallaroo North Beach Caravan Park. They enjoyed time at the beach, meals at local eateries and exploring local towns. For more information visit our Recreational Activities page.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – This is the first year ever that Muscular Dystrophy South Australia has been involved with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The Award is for young people aged 14-25 and it has three levels; bronze, silver and gold. Each level has four sections; physical recreation, skill, service and an adventurous journey. A Residential Project is included for the Gold level of the Award only. The Award aims to foster personal growth and enhance possibilities for young people. For more information go to our Duke of Edinburgh’s Award page listed in Get Support or contact Aisling on 8234 5266 or email email@example.com.
N.E.W.S – Many clients of Muscular Dystrophy SA participate or have participated in National Electric Wheelchair Sports (N.E.W.S) .A N.E.W.S team is made up of six individuals who live with a neuromuscular condition and use an electric wheelchair. The team has training each Monday night at Saint Paul’s College, Gilles Plains from 6:30pm – 10:30pm. We are currently hoping to facilitate a ‘Come and try day’ to recruit new members. Details to follow, so keep an eye out.
Christmas Party – In late November each year, Muscular Dystrophy SA holds a family Christmas party to celebrate the festive season with great food, company and entertainment. Clients, carers, volunteers, Muscular Dystrophy SA staff and friends of Muscular Dystrophy SA are all welcome.