Welcome to Polio SA


Our foremost objective is to help people who have suffered the affliction of Poliomyelitis. This can now be done with practical help such as hydrotherapy and massage which is free to all financial members.

“You are all resourceful, independent people – but please don’t underemphasise the situation. Find out what supports are available to you.”

paul cavendish, Polio Australia’s Clinical Health Educator

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About Post Polio Syndrome

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Post-polio syndrome (PPS) is a condition that affects polio survivors years after recovery from an initial acute attack of the poliomyelitis virus. Most often, polio survivors start to experience gradual new weakening in muscles that were previously affected by the polio infection and also in muscles that seemingly were unaffected by the virus.


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If you’re a polio survivor, for just $20 per year you’ll get access to:

  • an hour of FREE hydrotherapy every week (normally this would cost around $50 per session!)

  • 4 FREE massage vouchers each year (valued up to $40 each)

  • Plus more


Subcribe to the Polio SA newsletter to access our post polio information booklet and stay up to date with the latest news, events and stories.

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'

For Health Professionals

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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.