Almost 12,000 Australians live with a spinal cord injury, commonly caused by road accidents, falls and water-related incidents.
Some of these causes could be prevented, with Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week (SCIAW) taking place every year to raise awareness and promote prevention of spinal cord injuries in Australia.
SCIAW 2012 will be held from today (November 12) to Sunday November 18, with this year's event focusing on raising awareness of the impact that a spinal cord injury has on the person affected and their friends and family.
There are an additional 350 to 400 new cases of spinal cord injury reported each year, most commonly occurring amongst young people aged 15 to 24, with a large majority male (80 per cent).
A number of events will be held across SCIAW, including the key initiative Steps for Independence on Friday November 16.
This is the chance for Australians all over the country to "make their steps count" for those who will never walk again due to a spinal cord injury.
The event will raise much-needed money to assist in funding support services for people with spinal cord injuries.
To participate register online and spread the word to your friends, family and colleagues to join the efforts and help raise funds to assist those affected in regaining their independence after a spinal cord injury.
Make a step toward ensuring good health, by setting up private health cover for you and your loved ones.
Your health consultant can help you in finding the health insurance plan that is most appropriate for you and your family.