A practical approach to the late effects of Polio
If you become a member of a postpolio support group you can meet with other people who have similar experiences to yours. Contact with them may provide you with practical advice, information and company through group activities and also counselling and practical assistance.
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 you with information about local post-polio support groups throughout Australia.
Several Australian support groups now have web
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/
As mentioned before, an information book is available free of charge for Australian health professionals from the Neurological Resource Centre.
By contacting the Neurological Resource Centre you can also obtain a video on the late effects of polio. This video is mainly aimed at people who have obvious residual polio, rather than at people who have mild or moderate signs of the previous disease.
There is a range of services funded by the Commonwealth under the Disability Services Program and through the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service. 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.
You can obtain information by contacting your local office of the Commonwealth Department of Community Services and Health. (Look in the telephone book under "Government- Commonwealth".)
The Commonwealth Department of Social Security can provide you with information relating to pensions, benefits and family allowance.
Check with your local Australian Taxation Department Office to see if you can take advantage of any tax exemptions.
The State Departments of Health have different names in each state and territory. You can obtain information regarding local disability policy and available resources, including details on community-based recreation activities. (You will find your state health department in the telephone book under "Government" - your state.)
Practical advice and access to displays of equipment can be obtained from the Independent Living Centres which operate in the following states: ACT, NSW, SA, Vic, WA and QLD. The address and telephone number can be found in the telephone book.
Each state and territory has disability information resource centres:
NEW SOUTH WALES:
Disabled People's International NSW
(02) 669 2311
Disabled Persons' Bureau
(089) 22 7213
Disability Information and Resource Centre
(08) 223 7522
Disability Services and Community Support Service,
Department of Community Services
Disability Resource Centre
(03) 480 2877
Disabled Persons' Information Bureau
(03) 412 7176
Disability Resource Centre
(09) 222 2973
Office of Disability,
Department of Family Services and Aboriginal and Islander Affairs
(07) 224 8031.
This organisation may be able to assist you if you need equipment modified, adapted or designed to meet your particular needs. There are branches in most states. Check your telephone directory.
© Copyright The Lincolnshire Post-Polio Network 1997 - 2009.
This document comprises an index, introduction and sixteen other sections or subdocuments. Permission for printing copies is granted only on the basis that ALL sections are printed in their entirety and kept together as a single document.
Document preparation: Chris
Think-tank, Cornwall, United Kingdom.
Created: 30th December 1997.
Last modification: 19th May 2009.