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Clinical Practice Workshops

During May, Clinical Practice Workshops will be held in Adelaide.


Driven by best-practice research emerging from Europe and the USA, Polio Australia’s Clinical Practice Workshops are designed for allied and other health practitioners such as: physiotherapists, occupational therapists, orthotists, exercise physiologists, nurses, podiatrists, speech pathologists, dietitians, social workers, case managers, and anyone else who is interested in knowing more about the post-polio body.

Paul Cavendish, Accredited Exercise Physiologist with a neurological background, delivers the workshop with vital contributions from ‘lived experience expert’ polio survivors.

Attendees earn 3 CPD hours and after completing training, can nominate as a preferred “LEoP Practitioner” on the Polio Australia Interdisciplinary Post-Polio Health Professionals Register.

Participants receive a complimentary copy of Polio Australia’s “The Late Effects of Polio: Managing Muscles and Mobility”

Workshop Details:

7th May 2018
Flinders Medical Centre, Flinders Drive, Bedford Park
Time: 2 – 5pm
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11th May 2018
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital – Clinical Education Unit, 28 Woodville Rd, Woodville South
Time: 1 – 4pm
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Do you know the signs of the Late Effects of Polio or Post-Polio Syndrome?

Decades after the poliomyelitis epidemics in Australia, the aftermath of the disease is now becoming evident in our ageing ‘polio population’.

An estimated 400,000 people may be experiencing the Late Effects of Polio (LEoP) or Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS). A younger population who have migrated to Australia also require management and support.

There are many cross-overs in the treatment and management of other chronic diseases and LEoP/PPS, and there are also some very significant differences.  If LEoP is not identified, the client can experience rapidly worsening symptoms due to inadvertently incorrect care.

To help you recognise LEoP/PPS in your practice Polio Australia had developed a series of clinical practice resources designed to support allied health professionals in the management of people with the LEoP/PPS. The series outlines various symptoms associated with LEoP/PPS and provides health professionals with evidence-based information and clinical practice recommendations to enhance the quality of care and outcomes for people living with polio’s late effects.

Download the Late Effects of Polio Brochure

Visit Polio Australia for detailed clinical manuals including an Introduction to Clinical Practice, and Managing Muscles and Mobility.

Download Polio Australia’s The Late Effects of Polio: Do you know the signs?



Subscribing to Polio SA is free.

Subscribers receive The Late Effects of Polio, a quick reference information guide from Polio SA for people with the ‘late effects of polio’ (LEOP), and their families and carers.  It includes information about Polio SA’s services and support available.

Subscribers also receive email news updates and information about the Australian Polio Register.

Membership of Polio SA costs just $15 per year and offers patients access to free massage vouchers and hydrotherapy sessions, along with invitations to Polio SA events, a quarterly newsletter and printed copy of Polio SA’s The Late Effects of Polio information guide. Join online or email or phone 0466 893 402.