Courses, Training Days, and Other Events

AQA is a quality accredited and registered service provider with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the Transport Accident Commission (TAC).

Wheelchair Skills days

19 August:  10am - 1pm and 1:30 - 4:30pm
20 August:  10am - 1pm and 1:30 - 4:30pm
24 September:  10am - 1pm and 1:30 - 4:30pm
21 October:  10am - 1pm and 1:30 - 4:30pm
22 October:  10am - 1pm and 1:30 - 4:30pm

 Join us to develop your wheelchair skills and build your confidence when moving about in the great outdoors. Be guided by Specialist Peer Trainer and wheelchair user Dave Ball in negotiating your way through a variety of obstacles and terrains. All sessions are held at the AQA office: 416 Heidelberg Rd, Fairfield, VIC. 
Register your interest

​Skills for Independence residential course

Skills for Independence is a multi-day residential course aimed at building your capacity to act effectively in a range of settings. Participants tailor the curriculum to their needs and goals of the moment, choosing to work on key topics such as mobility skills, negotiating holiday accommodation, goal-setting, pain management, body image, and intimacy. The topics are developed and led by people with lived experience of spinal cord injury or similar disability, and the residential setting brings the opportunity to connect and learn from each other. 

Upcoming course:

24 - 27 November: Family Connections Skills For Independence course, Sargood on Collaroy, NSW.

The Family Connections SFI course invites family members or significant others into the learning process. This ensures participant’s have the support they need to keep practising and expanding on the skills they learn when they get home, and also offers family members and significant others the support and connections they might need to meet the challenges of change. 

To register interest or learn more, get in touch: or 9489 0777

"The trainers and group leaders have a very can-do attitude which I found infectious. There was a great deal of fun and laughter. It only took a day for people to trust each other and begin to open up about issues for them." - Participant survey response.

​What's Out There days

December 7Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre, Kew. Topic: TBC

What’s Out There days are AQA community living expos which showcase the possibilities of life with a spinal cord injury or similar disability. A typical WOT day program draws on a panel of speakers with lived experience and includes a panel discussion, a Q&A session, a barbecue lunch, small-group discussion, and usually a wheelchair sport showcase. Nothing is off the table at these discussions.
Learn more about WOT days at our Spire website (opens new tab)
Enquire about attending a What's Out There day.

​Discover your power

Our five-day motivational and goal setting course,  Discovering the Power in Meis specifically designed for people living with spinal cord injuries or similar disabilities. The course aims to help you and your family build hope, inner strength, resilience, and self-efficacy.

The next DPM course will begin later this year. If you express interest  via the button below, we'll let you know when the dates are set. 

Learn more about this course at our Spire website (opens new tab)
Enquire about attending Discovering the Power in Me

​Meet people nearby

Monthly get-togethers in your area, or online

AQA facilitates monthly meetings and excursions in regional zones across Victoria, and in Melbourne. Over 2020 and 2021, most of our sessions were conducted online. We hope to reactivate our in-person group activities from 2022. 

We also hope to build more networks around common interests, following the pattern of our Women With SCI network. 
See our Community Networks in action (opens new tab)
Ask about networks in your locality or area of interest

AQA Celebration

TBA November 2022, likely at AQA, 416 Heidelberg Road, Fairfield, 3078 Victoria.

Every year about the middle of November, AQA hosts an Annual Celebration for our community on a date that coincides with our Annual General Meeting.

Celebrations in 2020 and 2021 were conducted online. We hope to host the 2022 Annual Celebration on location once again, at AQA's accessible office space in Fairfield.
Watch our online AQA Celebration video from 2020 (opens new tab)
Enquire about attending AQA's Annual Celebration