Spring 2019 Newsletter

From the President

A successful AGM

I will be really glad to feel the warmth of the sun again, after another chilly winter, my least favorite season of the year. We had 30 Members attend this year’s AGM on a very wintery Sunday in August. I am pleased to tell you that your existing Committee will continue to support you for the 2019-2020 year. The Committee would also like to thank the attending Members for their positive contributions to the Meeting. I thank the Committee for their continued support and look forward to some more successful advances in the support of polio survivors in South Australia. The Committee consists of Trevor Jessop, Secretary; Peter Wierenga, Treasurer; Ron Blackwell, Jo Gordon, Charles and Julia Greeneklee and Maureen Kowalick. The great work being done by Helen by reaching out to existing Members and new members has increased our Membership and the information being disseminated to Members. This work has taken a lot of duties from the President and Secretary and is much appreciated. 

Sarcopenia with Polio Survivors

After the Business of Polio SA was completed once again, Dr Nigel Quadros and Dr Sivam reported on the progress of their Project on Sarcopenia with Polio Survivors in South Australia. Dr Nigel has presented his papers to Rehabilitation Conferences in Auckland and Kobe and will present in Krakow and in Adelaide in September and October. Dr Nigel also told us of the In-patient Clinics at the Griffith Hospital available to Polio Survivors and several of our Members have already had the benefit of attendance at these sessions. Dr Nigel also has some plans to increase availability of Post-Polio Services to a wider section of survivors as well as reaching out to CALD people.

Poetry and Irish wit

We were then entertained by some very quirky poetry with a bit of Irish wit giving a slant to Aussie yarns which was great to hear. Thank you very much to Jill Wherry, a pleasant interlude. Polio Survivor from Sudan, author Esther Simbi,  gave us a short precis of her life which is detailed in her book, “Beyond Calamity”. I am assured it is a very interesting read which I will catch up on it soon.

The afternoon concluded with a pleasant cuppa and chinwag with those present The ninth and last Polio Australia Health and Wellness Retreat will be held at the venue of the very first Retreat, St Joseph’s at Baulkam Hills suburb of Sydney. The Retreat will run from 17th-20th October 2019 and positions are filling fast so please think about attending and contact Polio Australia


Brett Howard President Polio SA bihoward@bigpond.com.au    0403 339 814


























Brett Howard, President Polio SA
bihoward@bigpond.com | 0403 339 814