Most Australians love adventure, and Stuart Hurst is no different. At the age of 55, Stuart embarked on a three year adventure – backpacking through Asia.
After travelling through the Philippines, Stuart commenced a volunteer role at at a primary school in Nepal. On the 20th of May, 2018. Stuart had a motorcycle accident on a rural road in Pokhara, Nepal,.
From the moment he was placed in emergency care, it was touch and go for Stuart. Stuart was airlifted by helicopter to Kathmandu and from there to Bangkok via air ambulance.
At this point Stuart was on life support and needed major surgery. Stuart underwent a number of operations while he was overseas and remained in a coma until he arrived back to Australia for treatment.
Stuart is now 59 and has been living with his acquired disability for nearly 4 years; and has a diagnosis of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Spinal Injury. Stuart is now a T10 Complete Paraplegic and a wheelchair user for life.
Once Stuart’s immediate health needs were addressed, he had to focus on how and where he was going to live, and what the rest of his life would look like. Stuart’s presentation focuses on his journey, from hospital rehab to a home of his own. He will share, from a lived experience perspective, his perspective of what is important to consider, when it comes to housing for people with disability.