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Are you a polio survivor? Sharing your story can help others.  If you would like to share email us your story and images or post them to us at  302 South Hilton Rd, Hilton 5033.


Walk With Me Fundraiser October 2018

There are an estimated 400,000 polio survivors in Australia. Many are now experiencing the Late Effects of Polio (LEoP) and struggling to access appropriate health care and support. Polio Austrlaia’s “Walk With Me” event aims to raise awareness about the LEoP and fundraising efforts will allow us to continue to support polio survivors and provide education to health professionals. Continue reading…


Remembering Australia’s Polio scourge – by Professor Joan McMeeken, University of Melbourne

The movie Breathe reminds us of the days when polio indiscriminately cut down the fit and healthy, so what was it like in Australia for those who contracted the disease?

Houses were fumigated, people quarantined, and entire families ostracised. Desperately worried parents resorted to hanging pungent camphor around their children’s necks in a misguided effort to ward off the virus and some fled to the mountains to escape. Continue reading…


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…