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The late effects of Polio Information for Health Care Providers
Charlotte Leboeuf

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16 INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE

1. COMMONWEALTH DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY SERVICES AND HEALTH

Information regarding the range of services funded by the Commonwealth under the Disability Services Program and through the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service can be obtained from the Commonwealth Department of Community Services and Health in each state and territory.

For example, moderately and severely disabled people and their carers may obtain assistance with particular services under the Home and Community Care Services (HACC) programme.

The address and telephone number for the Commonwealth Department of Community Services and Health in each state and territory can be found in the telephone book under "Government - Commonwealth".

2. STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Each State Department of Health can provide information regarding local disability policy and available resources, including details on community-based recreation activities.

The address and telephone number for each department can be found in the telephone book under "Government" -your state.

3. COMMONWEALTH DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SECURITY

The Commonwealth Department of Social Security provides information relating to pensions, benefits and family allowance.

4. AUSTRALIAN TAXATION DEPARTMENT

The Australian Taxation Department Office provides information relating to tax exemptions.

5. INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTRES

Information regarding practical advice and access to displays of equipment can be obtained from the Independent Living Centre.

The Independent Living Centres in Australia work together to provide a national information service. Offices exist in the following states: ACT, NSW, SA, Vic, WA and QLD. The address and telephone number can be found in the telephone book.

6. DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTRES

Each state and territory has disability resource centres, such as:

NSW: Disabled People's International - NSW
[(02) 669 2311]

NT: Northern Territory Disabled Persons' Bureau
[(089) 22 7213]

SA: Disability Information and Resource Centre
[(08) 223 7522]

Tas: Disability Services and Community Support Service,
Department of Community Services
[(002) 28 8233]

Vic: Disability Resource Centre
[(03) 480 2877]
Disabled Persons' Information Bureau
[(03) 412 7176]

WA: Disability Resource Centre
[(09) 222 2973]

QLD: Office of Disability,
Department of Family Services and Aboriginal and Islander Affairs
[(07) 224 8031]

7. POST-POLIO SUPPORT GROUPS

Post-polio support groups provide psychological and practical assistance through group activities, counselling services and newsletters. They can also raise public awareness and lobby for social reform.

The Post Polio Support Group of S.A. (Inc.) at the Neurological Resource Centre of S.A. (Inc.), 37 Woodville Road, Woodville, S.A. 5011 (telephone (08) 268 6222) can provide information about local post-polio support groups throughout Australia.

A video on the late effects of polio can be obtained by contacting the Post Polio Support Group at the Neurological Resource Centre of S.A. (Inc.).

An information booklet for patients and carers on how to cope with the late effects of polio is available from the same source.

Several Australian support groups now have web sites:
Post-Polio Network (NSW, Australia) Inc http://www.post-polionetwork.org.au/index2.html
Post Polio Support Group of SA Inc http://www.span.com.au/nrc/p_polio_intro.html
Polio Network Victoria http://www.polionetworkvic.asn.au/
Mornington Peninsula Post-Polio Support Group http://people.aapt.net.au/~ddlloyd/

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Document preparation: Chris Salter, Original Think-tank, Cornwall, United Kingdom.
Created: 7th July 1997
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