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