News and Events

Walk With Me 2017

Peter Wierenga (Polio SA’s Treasurer) and Brett Howard (Polio SA’s President) participated in the “Walk With Me” event in Canberra on Thursday 30th November 2017. So far we’ve raised almost five hundred dollars, and it still not too late to support us! Continue reading…


Polio in my life – a story by Trevor Jessop

I was born in Victor Harbour in 1946 and when Polio came to visit me around 1950 I was probably 4 years old, too young to understand what was happening to me but definitely too young to remember much about it later. My family were living in Port Elliott at the time and I was the second in a line of four boys, luckily the only one infected by the polio virus. Continue reading…


Polio then and now

Source: Polio Australia’s Polio Oz News, March 2017 – Autumn edition

A passage in Philip Roth’s novel Nemesis describes the horror of catching polio in the US town of Newark in 1944, when outbreaks of the disease were common and each summer was spent in fear of infection.

“Finally the cataclysm began – the monstrous headache, the enfeebling exhaustion, the severe nausea, the raging fever, the unbearable muscle ache, followed in another forty-eight hours by the paralysis”, it says. Continue reading…


How to exercise if you are living with post-polio syndrome – Part One

Source: This is an excerpt from an article by Stephen Pate, originally published by the NJN Network on 26 March 2017.

If you have post-polio syndrome, it’s vital to exercise moderately every second day to keep the muscles we have and avoid obesity, diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

Exercise also helps us accomplish more of those activities of daily living and can improve how we feel. Continue reading…