Po­lio nurse in Queen’s honours list

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By LISA THOMAS

SU­BI­ACO nurse Tessa Jupp has been recog­nised for her ser­vice to the re­search and care of post-po­lio pa­tients in the Queen’s Birth­day Honours, by be­ing awarded the Medal of the Or­der of Australia.

Mrs Jupp, who will ac­cept the medal at a cer­e­mony in Oc­to­ber, first be­gan her work in po­lio in 1989, while car­ing for her late hus­band who had the dis­ease.

She said while car­ing for him she re­alised there was not enough be­ing done in WA to help those who were suf­fer­ing from the late ef­fects of po­lio.

“The work we are do­ing is look­ing at nu­tri­tion and what vi­ta­mins and min­er­als can be used to help with the late ef­fects of po­lio,” she said.

“We find blood lev­els in po­lio sur­vivors are not suf­fi­cient in car­ni­tine, which can cause a lack of en­ergy and en­durance.”

Mrs Jupp was a found­ing mem­ber of the Post Po­lio Net­work of Western Australia, an or­gan­i­sa­tion, which sup­ports po­lio sur­vivors, and is a board mem­ber of Po­lio Australia.

She is also the co-author of Po­liomyeli­tis in Western Australia: A His­tory.

She said the net­work had con­tacted more than 2000 sur­vivors, who they were help­ing, but still had another 1000 they wanted to get in touch with.

Although po­lio was no longer a threat, the long-term ef­fects of the dis­ease and the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion process are still af­fect­ing many sur­vivors.

Re­search at the clinic was also find­ing a link be­tween po­lio sur­vivors and mus­cle weak­ness and fa­tigue be­ing passed down to chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.

Mrs Jupp said she was pleas­antly sur­prised to re­ceive the Or­der of Australia Medal.

“I think it’s recog­ni­tion that this work is im­por­tant and valuable,” she said.

“Hope­fully this will help raise aware­ness of the is­sues of post po­lio and get other states to take notice of the re­search we are do­ing here in WA.

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