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Late Effects of Polio Symposium

Late Effects of Polio Symposium


Late Effects of Polio Symposium

Friday 18 October 2019, 9.30am-4.30pm

Nordmeyer Lecture Theatre, University of Otago, Wellington, 23a Mein Street, Newtown


Did you think that polio in NZ was yesterday’s problem? Not so…

A survey of Polio NZ’s members found that one of the big problems they face is the low level of knowledge among health professionals about the Late Effects of Polio, also known as Post Polio Syndrome. To address this need, University of Otago, Wellington and Polio NZ are jointly hosting a one day symposium in Wellington for health clinicians on the Late Effects of Polio. This highly interactive symposium will bring together the clinical teams, the researchers and those with lived experience of this debilitative condition to improve outcomes for all.

There will be a session on vaccinations and the role of people who had polio in telling their stories for the benefit of parents considering vaccinations.

A highlight at the Symposium will be the New Zealand premiere of ‘Korero Polio – Phillip's story’. It is the very moving story of Phillip Rudolph's journey with polio.

Session 1:  Overview of Late Effects of Polio & Rehabilitation

Session 2:  Needs Assessment Clinics, Health Pathways & GP as first port of call

Session 3:  Post polio and pain, fatigue, respiratory, sleep, temperature sensitivity

Session 4:  Post polio & mental health, drugs, self care, community care

Session 5:  Post polio, foot functioning & orthotics

Session 6:  Raising awareness – Link with vaccine and telling our stories

Further information at University of Otago, Wellington
Ticket Information Ticket Price
Symposium registration (inc GST) NZD 75
Webinar Registration via Zoom (inc GST) NZD 35
Rotary-sponsored registration for Polio NZ members with polio Free
Rotary-sponsored registration for Polio NZ members with polio – by webinar Free



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