Spinal Cord Injury


Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) has been shown by researchers at NeuRA and Prince of Wales Hospital, to improve lung function by around 30% in people with a spinal cord injury. It may also reduce the risk of chest infections.


People who have engaged in inspiratory muscle training programs have reported:

“IMT improved my strength and awareness of maintaining good breathing habits” – Gerry

“After 6 weeks of IMT I had a reduced need for assisted coughs form my carer” – Will

“I felt less breathless when sitting upright and could sit for longer” – Rex

“IMT makes muscles for breathing stronger and I breathe better” – Julie

“Training with the device meant I could talk for longer periods” – Greg


Prince of Wales Hospital and NeuRA have collaborated to develop a COVID-safe protocol for IMT, which has been published by the Agency for Clinical Innovation. It is available here.


Prince of Wales Hospital has funded the development of two training videos to teach people with spinal cord injuries, their carers, therapists, and clinicians how to perform IMT safely and effectively in the community. ParaQuad NSW and Spinal Cord Injuries Australia are two other organisations improving the lives of those with a spinal cord injury by helping to distribute this information.


Our aim is to help people take up IMT to reduce the risk of them getting serious lung problems like pneumonia and respiratory failure.


To access the videos, click here:


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MyCOACH: Connected Advice for Cognitive Health

Researchers at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and University of New South Wales (UNSW) are inviting people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) or Subjective Cognitive Decline (SCD) to participate in a voluntary online research trial aiming to reduce the risk of dementia. What is the MyCOACH Trial about? This research aims to test the effectiveness of an e-learning and behaviour change course designed to support healthy brain ageing and reduce risk of dementia.  The course is tailored for people reporting cognitive difficulties or changes. The trial runs for 12 weeks, with a follow up at 1 and 2 years afterwards. What is involved in this research trial? Interested volunteers will be asked to complete some eligibility checks to confirm this study is a good match.    If you decide to take part you would: Be placed into either the MyCOACH e-learning group (“Intervention”) or the Control Education group (“Control”). To ensure the research is fair and unbiased, we cannot choose the group for you.   It will be random - like names out of a hat. MyCOACH e-learning group (“Intervention”):  Volunteers in this group participate in the 12 week online MyCOACH program.  This includes 6 e-learning chapters, as well as three phone consultations with a dietician and/or exercise physiologist, and a 3-month subscription to a brain training app. Control Education group (“Control”): Volunteers in this group will receive information about cognitive health and risk factors for dementia.  This group is important to be able to measure the effectiveness of the research.  At the end of the study, volunteers in this “control” group can access the full MyCOACH e-learning course. Take part in four telephone interviews throughout the study with questions about your health. This includes a follow-up at the end of 12 weeks, and 1 and 2 years later. You may be eligible to participate in the MyCOACH Trial if you: Have concerns about changes in your memory or thinking OR diagnosed with ‘Mild Cognitive Impairment’ Are 65 years of age or older   Expressions of interest [ninja_forms id=376]   Contact If you are interested or know someone who might be, please contact us for more information: Dinaz Parekh Email: mycoach@neura.edu.au Phone: (02) 9399 1815