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    New Australian Forum

    Hi,
    I didnt really know what to post this under.
    There is a new Australian Scoliosis Forum.
    It is just underway by the looks.
    It is found at
    http://www.scoliosis-australia.org/forum/index.php
    I think it could be really good to all Aussie scoliosis sufferers and their families.
    This forum has been a lifesaver for me, so i will never leave it.
    But it would just be good to have more contact with other Aussies.
    Plus be able to pass on experiences etc with our health system and whatnot.
    Any, have a look and thanks goes to Vali and Jen for discovering it.
    Regards
    Donna.
    Mother to 14 year old daughter, Gabrielle (Gabby).
    Discovered her scoliosis on her 14th Birthday in February 2009. Due to be operated on for curves of 57 and 54 degrees (S Curve) in December 2009 with Dr. Askin in Brisbane.

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    Hi Donna,

    I'm with you when you say 'I will never leave this forum'. I started reading this forum back in March 2009 (I think-may have been earlier), although I didn't join until May. This forum was heaven sent and prepared me so much for what lay ahead. I know I don't post much, however, it is the first thing I read in the morning and the last thing at night and sometimes I check in the middle of the day. My daughter just walked past and said "Mum are you on the forum again?". I swear its an addiction. Have a great day
    Vali
    44 years young! now 45
    Surgery - June 1st, 2009
    Dr David Hall - Adelaide Spine Clinic
    St. Andrews Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia
    Pre-op curve - 58 degree lumbar
    Post -op - 5 degrees
    T11 - S1 Posterior
    L4/5 - L5/S1 Anterior Fusion

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    Hi Vali,
    I know what you mean about the addiction.
    Our internet was down for a few days and i am sure I was suffering withdrawals.
    It is wonderful and I cannot speak more highly of those that contribute.
    I think we must have found this forum about the same time too.
    Hope to see you again on the Aussie forum.
    Regards
    Donna
    Mother to 14 year old daughter, Gabrielle (Gabby).
    Discovered her scoliosis on her 14th Birthday in February 2009. Due to be operated on for curves of 57 and 54 degrees (S Curve) in December 2009 with Dr. Askin in Brisbane.

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    Absolutely. This forum has been a lifesaver for me. I was a quivering wreck when I first came here. I received all the information and advice I could possibly need and really appreciate the knowledge and experience that's freely offered.
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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    I'll post about this on the UK forum too, in case any Aussies there don't check this board as well It's good to have easy contact with people who understand the healthcare system in your own part of the world.

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    Thanks, tonibunny.
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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    Jennifer! I think I've just cracked on to the fact you're the same Aussie Jen we have at SSO

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    I am. I'm a friend of ChristineB's from Yorkshire. We are email penpals.
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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    Cool, I just joined

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    Thanks for this - i just joined the Australian forum as well and am just awaiting activation. Would have been a godsend when our daughter had surgery in Feb 08 however i would love to help out those going through the same thing so thanks for the link and info. Melinda xx

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    Do you have any idea who the person is that calls themself Dr. Scoliosis? Is this an actual orthopedist? Or rotating orthopedists? Or some other type of health professional? Or other.

    I can't figure out who or what organization is actually running this forum. Isn't anyone curious?

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    It says at the bottom of the forum that it is a project of the Spine Society of Australia.

    http://www.spinesociety.org.au/

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonibunny View Post
    It says at the bottom of the forum that it is a project of the Spine Society of Australia.

    http://www.spinesociety.org.au/
    Thanks tonibunny, I didn't see that. Guess I didn't scroll down far enough.

    It's interesting that it's supported by Medtronic.

    I wonder if this National Scoliosis Foundation forum is supported by companies such as Medtronic? And if so, what percentage?

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    A note in response to comments re the new forum at Scoliosis Australia

    Quote Originally Posted by Ballet Mom View Post
    Do you have any idea who the person is that calls themself Dr. Scoliosis? Is this an actual orthopedist? Or rotating orthopedists? Or some other type of health professional? Or other.

    I can't figure out who or what organization is actually running this forum. Isn't anyone curious?
    I am a representative of the Spine Society of Australia and the following information is offered in response to comments in this thread regarding the new forum at Scoliosis Australia.

    The Scoliosis Australia website is a project of the Spine Society of Australia (http://www.spinesociety.org.au) which is an affiliate of the Australian Orthopaedic Association.

    All the material on the Scoliosis Australia website has been prepared by medically qualified doctors who are members of the Society and who specialise in the management of spinal deformity (scoliosis and kyphosis) and allied spinal conditions.

    Queries to the website are answered by 'Dr Scoliosis' whose identify is not revealed for privacy reasons. There is a roster of doctors who assume this name for the purpose of the exercise.

    The design and maintenance of a busy website is a time-consuming exercise. Professional assistance is required for these activities which is made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Medtronic Australasia. The Spine Society of Australia is a not-for-profit organisation.

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