GIO’s $82,645 donation supports Canberra’s rehabilitation patients

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Thanks to their CTP campaign in the ACT, GIO are helping trauma patients on their road to recovery.

ACT Minister for Health, Meegan Fitzharris, said the donation would be used to purchase Advanced Functional Electrical Stimulation Devices, technology which sends low-level electrical stimulation to activate nerves and muscles.

“These specialist devices are designed to help people with certain neurological conditions walk more naturally, with increased speed, improved balance and mobility,” Minister Fitzharris said.

“Rehabilitation from trauma, surgery or chronic conditions can often be a long-term process and having access to the most up-to-date equipment will assist in improving health outcomes for our patients.

The devices will initially be used at the Canberra Hospital and then transferred to the University of Canberra Public Hospital when it becomes operational in 2018.

 “The University of Canberra Public Hospital will focus specifically on sub-acute care, which will help ease the growing pressure on acute areas at Canberra Hospital and Calvary Hospital. Most importantly, it will provide a more appropriate environment for patients in the sub-acute phase of their recovery.

“These devices provide a new and innovative health service for the ACT community and they are a valuable addition to our public health system.”

Minister Fitzharris thanked GIO for their support to the Canberra Hospital Foundation and the broader community.

“This is a perfect example of a business giving back to the local community to support others,” Minister Fitzharris said.

“I would like to thank GIO for their fundraising efforts, which have improved the quality of life for many Canberrans on their road to recovery.

In November and December of 2016, every time a Canberran selected GIO on their vehicle registration, five dollars was raised to purchase rehabilitation medical equipment through the Canberra Hospital Foundation.

GIO is part of the Suncorp Group, which is the largest personal injury insurance company in Australia.

Therefore GIO has a continued focus on supporting health outcomes of ACT residents, especially those injured in a workplace or car accident, to ensure they get the care and treatment they require so they can get back to living life.

GIO shares a vision with the Canberra Hospital Foundation to support the ACT residents and community.