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Hundreds turn out for free public information session

‘The Late Effects of Polio’, hosted by Polio Australia’s Clinical Health Educator, exercise physiologist Paul Cavendish, was held at Tea Tree Gully Library. As well as the expertise being shared during the presentations, many enjoyed the chance to meet with fellow members of the polio survivor community, exchange stories, and chat over a cup of tea.

The late effects of polio (LEoP) refers to the decline in function in later life by polio survivors, after a plateau period of improved function – sometimes of decades – that follows an acute episode of polio. Some survivors may be diagnosed with Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS) a neurological condition associated with significant decline in functional capacity.  Download Full Media Release


Age with dignity: 400,000 reasons to attend free post-polio workshops


The 12th of April, 2018 will mark the 63rd anniversary of the life changing Polio vaccine, first created by Jonas Salk on April 12, 1955. Known as one of the most prevalent public health problems in the world, Salk extended his polio research into finding a vaccine, and seven devoted years later the most elaborate vaccine trial in history was a success.

To help clinicians recognise and manage these symptoms, Polio Australia, with funding from the federal government, will be delivering a series of Clinical Practice Workshops facilitated by Clinical Health Educator, Paul Cavendish.

To complement the workshops for health professionals, Polio SA will also be hosting a free information session to polio survivors, presented by Cavendish, on the Late Effects of Polio, a condition that can occur often decades after overcoming the disease. Download Full Media Release


Clinical Practice Workshops Announced – Demystifying the Late Effects of Polio and Post-Polio Syndrome


During May, two Clinical Practice Workshops will be held in Adelaide by Polio Australia, to demystify Late Effects of Polio and Post-Polio Syndrome and present practical strategies to manage the symptoms.

For many LEoP/PPS clients, biomedical and pharmaceutical treatments have limited efficacy, and Polio survivors are turning to allied health practitioners to help them improve their quality of life. General Practitioners, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, orthotists, exercise physiologists, nurses, podiatrists, speech pathologists, dietitians, social workers, case managers, and anyone interested in knowing more about the post-polio body are encouraged to attend.  Download Full Media Release


“Have you ever had Polio?” The key question to ask patients 


400,000+ Australians have had Polio, however, the public and medical professionals often think of it as a disease of the past which could be leading to misdiagnosis.

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.

For older patients presenting in clinics with increasing muscle weakness, increasing or new pain or multifactorial fatigue and decline, Polio SA president Brett Howard advises health professionals to ask, ‘Have you ever had polio?’.  Download Full Media Release


We’re still here: Hope and help for Polio Survivors in SA


Now eradicated in the western world and most of the rest of the globe, Polio is often thought of as a disease of the past. But for the estimated 400,000+ Australians who have ever had Polio, the fight is far from over.

This month is Polio Awareness Month, and while the campaign to end polio continues worldwide, here in South Australia work is happening to create hope for those living with the late effects of Polio, or Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS).  Download Full Media Release



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