Winter Newsletter 2017

Winter has well and truly begun its descent upon Adelaide. With the cold on the way, it’s time for us ‘post-polios’ to rug up and stay warm. If you are struggling with the cold, see page 6 for some helpful tips!

Also in this edition, we have provided an overview of the marketing services provided to us by Community Business Bureau (see page 3), and Terry Haighton has kindly agreed to share her story of life with Polio (see page 4).

For those who were unable to attend, during April we held one of two Sarcopenia information sessions, which was well attended by over 35 Polio SA members and supporters.

The session was run by Dr Nigel Quadros and Dr Kandiah Umapathysivam (Sivam), who are interested in conducting a study into whether a targeted exercise program can help slow the effects of Sarcopenia (muscle weakness increasing with age) in post-polio survivors.

Dr Nigel Quadros has a strong interest and general neurological rehabilitation, pain management, and management of post-polio syndrome.

If you are interested in being a part of this study, it is not too late! Contact us at for more information. Once you have confirmed you would like to be involved, an online questionnaire will be sent to you, which can be downloaded and sent directly back to Dr Quadros.

Thank you to our treasurer, Peter Wierenga, for organising the light snacks provided at these sessions, and also to Dr Quadros for arranging the venue and reimbursing Polio SA for the food.

In the upcoming months, we will be holding a post-polio Q&A panel discussion with guest speakers, which we have decided to combine with our Annual General Meeting (AGM). The event will be held at the Glenunga Hub on Sunday 24 September. The AGM will start at 1.00 pm followed by the panel discussion and afternoon tea. Please keep this afternoon free to take part in the continued services provided by ‘our’ organisation. As in previous years please consider nominating yourself or someone you know for any position on the Polio SA Committee. A nomination form is included with this newsletter. Nomination forms need to be returned to myself by Friday 15 September.

A membership Subscription Renewal form for 2017/18 is also included with this newsletter. Renewal forms are due back by 1 July 2017. These forms can be returned either via email to or post to Polio SA, 302 South Road, Hilton SA, 5033.

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Stay safe and stay warm!

Brett Howard, President, Polio SA | 0403 339 814