Polio Day observes 60 years of vital vaccine in Victoria

Independence Australia and Polio Network Victoria’s annual Polio Day acknowledged a significant milestone in the condition’s history this year.

Sixty years have passed years since Victoria first received the polio vaccination and halted the spread of the virus. More than 100 people attended the inaugural event, held this year at the Arts Centre in Melbourne on Saturday 22 October.

Eminent scientist and research biologist Sir Gustav Nossal AC CBE, officially opened Polio Day, which also featured guest speakers including global advocate Ramesh Ferris, Canadian polio survivor and co-founder of Mindwerx International Bill Jarrard and local MP Frank McGuire.

The theme of 60 years was a central focus throughout the day as guest presenters shared their experiences with fellow survivors and supporters of Polio. Fran Henke, Secretary of the Mornington Peninsula Post-Polio Support Group, was the Master of Ceremonies. Fran is one of the survivors who was diagnosed with the condition in 1946.

A big thank you to Sir Gustav Nossal AC CBE, The Polio Day Committee and Independence Australia’s Marketing and Community Solutions teams for their commitment over the last few months to ensure Polio Day 2016 was a success.