Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit (ASRU)
The Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit (ASRU) is a supra-regional spinal injury rehabilitation service which provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary rehabilitation care for people with spinal cord impairment from the central North Island to the Far North.
ASRU is part of Counties Manukau Health and is located at 30 Bairds Road in South Auckland in close proximity to Middlemore Hospital.
ASRU is one of only two supra-regional spinal cord rehabilitation services in New Zealand, the other service being Burwood Spinal Unit at Burwood Hospital in Christchurch.
Our catchment area's southern border extends from Taumarunui, Turangi and across to Wairoa/Gisborne.
The inpatient unit consists of 20 beds dedicated to short term spinal cord rehabilitation for patients aged 15 and older who have sustained neurological deficits from a spinal cord injury due to trauma/injury or illness. For more information, see Inpatient Service.
The outpatient service offers lifelong support for clients living in the ASRU supra-regional catchment area. Patients are either reviewed at the Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit in Auckland or at an Outreach Clinic in their local region. For more information, see Outpatient Service.
New Zealand Spinal Cord Injury Registry (NZSCIR)
The role of the New Zealand Spinal Cord Injury Registry
- The NZSCIR collects information about people who have had a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) to help improve our understanding of SCI in NZ. This can help improve how we support people with an SCI; how we prevent SCI; and how we can prevent SCI related medical complications.
- This nationwide registry covers participants with either traumatic or non-traumatic SCI from both supra-regional spinal services in NZ (Auckland and Christchurch).
- A range of information is collected including age, gender, ethnicity, basic SCI data and where treatment was received. If consent is given, we add details about participants’ treatment, complications, rehabilitation, and medical conditions.
- We follow consenting participants to see how SCI affects those in the community and what services are needed to ensure ongoing community participation.
You can join the registry or find more information, reports and our contact details on the NZ Spinal Trust Website www.nzspinaltrust.org.nz
Spinal and Outreach Consultants
Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit (ASRU) accepts referrals from services throughout our catchment area. Clients must have neurological deficit as a result of damage to the spinal cord through injury, illness or congenital condition to meet the criteria for ASRU services.
ASRU Inpatient Admission Criteria:
- 15 years and older; 14 years on a case-by-case basis
- Traumatic and Non-traumatic Spinal Cord Impairment
- Medically able to participate in up to 3 hours of rehabilitation treatment per day, 5-6 days per week
- Willing to participate in up to 3 hours of rehabilitation treatment per day, 5-6 days per week
- Cognitively able to actively participate in rehabilitation (follows 50% of commands)
- Investigations and surgical treatments complete.
Cancer related SCI criteria for admission:
o Cancer treatment complete
o Prognosis greater than 6 months, per oncologist/radiation oncologist
o Patient and family aware of diagnosis and prognosis
o Medically able to participate in Rehab
o Will have appropriate discharge destination and supports
o Chooses to be admitted to ASRU with understanding that a safe and supported discharge, rather than maximal return of function, is the goal.
o We recognise that Cancer related SCI Rehabilitation may have interruptions due to medical concerns and occasional brief interruptions for investigations and brief treatment, thus the “3 hour per day, 5 days per week” rule does not apply.
o For those who do not meet criteria for ASRU admission, the ASRU team can assist in management of SCI related concerns through recommendations regarding equipment and care.
- Acute or chronic wound care only is not considered criteria for inpatient SCI rehabilitation. Bedrest is not inpatient SCI rehabilitation. Remobilisation through inpatient rehabilitation for a person with SCI, once the wound is healed/near healed (whether post-surgical intervention or healing by secondary intent) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Inpatient ASRU admission for people with SCI after acute medical or surgical hospitalisations will be considered on a case-by-case basis
There are two ways of referral to our inpatient and outpatient services:
- E-Referrals for Auckland region GPs only
- Website Referral Form for all other referrers. Please complete the form and email with attached pertinent medical history, investigation results and other beneficial documents to
- Contact GP or ACC case co-ordinator for referral, if applicable.
Acknowledgement of your referral will occur once the referral has been received.
For inpatient referrals, once a referral is accepted for ASRU admission, the Admission Coordinator will liaise with the referrer / acute team and identify the expected date of admission and the plan for transfer.
How to refer to Inpatients – click here.
The Inpatient Unit consists of 20 beds dedicated to short term spinal cord rehabilitation for patients aged 15 and older who have sustained neurological deficits from a spinal cord injury due to trauma, injury or illness. … More
The Outpatient Service supports people affected by spinal cord impairment that live in the ASRU catchment area.… More
ASRU provides an outpatient Urology Service for the majority of clients living within the greater Auckland region. … More
Food and nutrition plays an important role in the rehabilitation process and long-term health of people with spinal cord injuries. Immediately following injury significant weight loss and alterations to body composition is common making the person vulnerable to low energy levels and pressure ulcers.… More
Nurses are registered health professionals and all hold current registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand (statutory authority) which governs the practice of nurses. The Council sets and monitors standards in the interests of the profession. The Council's primary concern is public safety.… More
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapists are registered health professionals.… More
What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapists are registered health professionals and all hold current registration with the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand.… More
We are a team of qualified social workers who are committed to a practice that reflects an understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi and adhere to the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and Bi-cultural practice.… More
Resources & Links
Websites & Email Addresses
Accident Compensation Corporation
Counties Manukau Health
Burwood Hospital… More
The Kaleidoscope programme is dedicated to getting people who happen to be living with a disability into jobs that they love.… More
Visitors are welcome at the Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit between:
- 11.00 am – 8.00 pm Monday to Sunday (unless other arrangements have been made with the Charge Nurse).
The outer door locks automatically at 8pm and visitors after that time will be discouraged.
We ask all visitors to respect visiting hours and to ensure that children, for their safety and the safety of our patients, are under adult supervision at all times.
We are aware that visits from family and friends have an important part to play in rehabilitation. However, medical conditions or the rehabilitation programme may alter the availability of visiting times. It is important to respect the privacy of the person you would like to visit as well as other ASRU rehabilitation patients.
FROM: Middlemore Hospital (MMH) to Auckland Spinal Rehab Unit (ASRU)
- Turn right out of MMH and continue on HOSPITAL ROAD.
- Turn Right at lights onto MANGERE ROAD, OTAHUHU
- Turn Right GREAT SOUTH ROAD, OTAHUHU
- Turn Left BAIRDS ROAD, OTARA
- End: Turn left into Auckland Spinal Rehab Unit 30 BAIRDS ROAD OTARA, AUCKLAND.
- Travel along SOUTHERN MOTORWAY
- Bear Left at HIGHBROOK INTERCHANGE, OTARA, EXIT NUMBER 443
- Turn Right onto roundabout and follow the MIT, Otara sign.
- Turn Right at the Bairds Rd lights and continue along the road to the Spinal Unit.
- End: Turn right into Auckland Spinal Rehab Unit 30 BAIRDS ROAD OTARA AUCKLAND.
Parking and disabled parking is available at both entrances to the spinal unit. We ask that you do not park in the ambulance parking bay directly in front of the entrance to the ward. It is preferable that you park behind the physiotherapy gym area. Please keep your car locked and do not leave any valuables in your car. There is a security guard on site during some hours, however Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit is not responsible for stolen or lost property.
There are four basic units (one bedroom each) available on a first come, first serve basis on site. These are used short term for family and friends visiting from out of Auckland and inpatients trialling overnight home leave. First priority is given to trial home leave needs.
The units are provided with basic linen needs and there is a laundry room adjacent to the units. It is recommended that you provide extra blankets/bedding as needed.
Accommodation units are not supplied with tea, coffee, milk and laundry powder etc. There is a shopping complex next to the Spinal Rehab Unit.
Due to high usage of the units, a maximum 2 weeks stay has been put in place with review after this time. There can be no guarantee of continued use of units beyond this timeframe or during busy periods.
Before booking the units please feel free to inspect for suitability for you and/or your family. We can also recommend local motels close to the Spinal Unit.
- Cost of units: $57.60 incl GST per night per unit
- Full payment is required on arrival
- Cash and cheque payments only
- No credit card or EFTPOS available
*NOTE: Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) assistance requires prior authorisation before you book into the units. Payment is not guaranteed, and is limited to 2 nights per week.
For bookings and enquires please ask to speak with our ward clerk, or speak to a unit social worker. For further details phone (09) 270 9000.
Hours for Booking Units – Monday to Friday 8am to 3.30pm
Phone, Fax and Internet Facilities
- Patients may make short, local phone calls using the ward phone.
- WIFI: free for 1 hour, thereafter paid daily or monthly plans are available.
- Bairds Road Bakery
- Coin Save
- Domestic & Commercial Laundry
- Mr Meats
- Pizza Hut
- Samoa Finance Money Transfers Limited
- Vege Oasis
- Wheels Takeaways
Unit: (09) 270 9000 or Ward: (09) 270 9016
Unit: (09) 270 9001 or Ward: (09) 270 9056
30 Bairds Road
30 Bairds Road
Private Bag 93319
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This page was last updated at 11:57AM on November 7, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit (ASRU).