Polio Day

Polio Day 2015The timely theme ‘Making Sense of Change’ and a new venue in Springvale resulted in the biggest turnout at Polio Day in years.

At the end of October nearly 100 polios, supporters and families took part in a lively panel discussion dealing with changes as a result of the introduction of the NDIS and aged care services.

Dr Steve de Graaff’s talk on ‘Making Sense of Pain’ was also well received. He and Independence Australia’s Richard Burn encouraged people to be critical consumers in deciding on health care packages.

The team from Polio Australia, patron Dr John Tierney and National Program Manager Mary-ann Liethof, talked about the next Australasia-Pacific Post-Polio Conference ‘Life Stage Matters’ to be held in Sydney in September 2016. They also discussed efforts to interest Rotary International in the needs of polio survivors in the wake of its End Polio Now vaccination project.

Sessions on accessible travel and the launch of Polio Network Victoria’s new logo followed after lunch, when those attending had plenty of opportunity to catch up.

We are most grateful to Greater Dandenong City Council for funding, as well Cr Roz Blades and Independence Australia for their support.

You can view more photos from Polio Day 2015 here.

Fran Henke Polio Network Victoria