Gutsy sur­vivor talks

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE COMMUNITY -

THE Sun­shine Coast Post-Po­lio Sup­port Group meets on the sec­ond Fri­day of ev­ery month at the QCWA Hall in Memo­rial Av­enue, Maroochydore.

Mem­ber for Maroochydore Fiona Simp­son re­cently dropped in to chat to this group of post-po­lio sur­vivors who want oth­ers to know more about po­lio (po­liomyeli­tis) and post-po­lio symp­toms, which can man­i­fest in new ways decades later.

“This isn’t al­ways well un­der­stood and knowl­edge is power for sur­vivors get­ting the right ac­cess to health care and sup­port and it is im­por­tant for clin­i­cians to be aware of peo­ple’s his­tory.”

To­day Aus­tralians im­pacted by po­lio will largely be in their 70s and 80s as for­tu­nately the dis­ease has been erad­i­cated in our coun­try.

How­ever, there is a new wave of peo­ple im­pacted as chil­dren in our world who are still bat­tling this, such as our near­est neigh­bours of PNG.

Post-po­lio sur­vivors want to bet­ter in­form the com­mu­nity and health pro­fes­sion­als about po­lio.

”Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional has done an amaz­ing job as a vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tion part­ner­ing with world health and in­ter­na­tional govern­ments to largely erad­i­cate the dis­ease with vac­ci­na­tion pro­grams.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to aware­ness­days.com.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SHAR­ING STO­RIES: Post-po­lio sur­vivors Les­ley El­lis, Tr­ish Hair and Mary Grigg with Fiona Simp­son.

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