Australasia-Pacific Conference

The first ever Australasia-Pacific Post-Polio Conference – “Polio: Life Stage Matters” – to be held in Sydney in September 2016 will facilitate better care and international connections for polio survivors around the world.

The conference will be a platform for health care providers, researchers, polio survivors, their caregivers and patient organisation representatives not only from the Australasia-Pacific region, but worldwide.

The preliminary conference program features a range of sessions from more than 40 speakers, focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of the post-polio condition in different age groups to best preserve functioning throughout life. This will include:

  • Preventing and treating severe deformities in young polio survivors
  • Treating Post-Polio Syndrome (predominantly neurological) and biomechanical decline due to consistent overuse (the Late Effects of Polio or Post-Polio Sequelae)
  • Preserving independence and quality of life
There will also be plenty of opportunities to mingle with fellow delegates and discuss learnings at the conference, with a Welcome Cocktail Party on 20 September and Gala Dinner on  21 September.
Who should attend?

Allied and other health practitioners such as: GPs, rehabilitation specialists, respiratory specialists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, orthotists, exercise physiologists, nurses, podiatrists, speech pathologists, dietitians, social workers, case managers, and anyone else who is interested in knowing more about the post-polio body.

For more information, please refer to the conference website.