Summer Newsletter 2017

On behalf of the Committee of Polio SA I would like to wish you all “The
Compliments of the Season”. Another year has managed to slip past!
The great news that we heard recently: the Research Team conducting the
Sarcopenia Project has received funding to further their work. This should lead
to more knowledge about how muscle weakness and fatigue due to ageing
affects post-polio people, and perhaps some improvement in management on
a personal basis.
Earlier this month I was contacted by Paul Cavendish who runs the Clinical
Practice Workshops for Polio Australia.
The Clinical Practice Workshops are aimed at allied and other health
practitioners such as: GPs, 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 wanted some input as to where to conduct workshops in rural South
Australia, and I have suggested Port Pirie, Port Lincoln, The Riverland and
Mount Gambier.
Having a “local” present to give participants some “first hand” insight into the
problems of the Late Effects of Polio is highly valuable. If you live in any of
these areas, and would be interested in assisting Paul at a Clinical Practice
Workshop, please contact the Polio SA office at 302 South Road Hilton 5033
or email and we will pass on your details.
Peter Wierenga (Polio SA’s Treasurer) and I will be participating in the “Walk
With Me” event in Canberra on Thursday 30th November 2017. So far we’ve
raised a few hundred dollars, and it still not too late to support us! For those of
you on the internet please go to the Polio Australia website and make a small
donation to the “Walk With Peter and Brett”. Donations are accepted until the
end of December, with proceeds to Polio Australia.
We’ll share photos of our trip in the next issue.

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Brett Howard, President, Polio SA | 0403 339 814