Polio Australia and Polio SA hosted an Information Session for polio survivors, to better equip them with knowledge around the Late Effects of Polio (LEoP).
We were fortunate to have an article published in the Adelaide Advertiser on the LEoP and the promotion of this Information Session. From this article, we had an overwhelming response, with over 80 polio survivors contacting me who were new to Polio SA, Polio Australia and of course the information!
The session was held on Saturday 12th May at the Tea Tree Gully Community Centre from 1pm, facilitated by Polio Australia’s Clinical Health Educator, Paul Cavendish.
The session focused on navigating the medical and health system, discussing what to look for within the various services, getting the most out of working with health professionals, and who is best to help with various symptoms currently experienced. We also looked at some effective self-management strategies and had time for questions from attendees. We were fortunate to have Dr Quadros attend to discuss the role of a Rehabilitation Specialist and also hear about his research into the LEoP – hopefully South Australians will be able to assist us in finding answers to how the LEoP can be reduced!
This is only the beginning of what Polio Australia wants to achieve in providing support and information to polio survivors. We are excited about coming back in October to deliver another session and also encourage others to enquire about options for running a similar session.
“It was great to see the response and hear stories of how someone saw an old friend from many years ago.”