Australasia-Pacific Post-Polio Conference - Polio: Life Stage Matters

Organization: Polio Australia

Venue: Four Seasons Hotel

Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Event Date/Time: Sep 20, 2016 / 9:00 am - (GMT +10:00 hours) End Date/Time: Sep 22, 2016
Abstract Submission Date: Aug 31, 2015
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There is a growing need for health professionals with the knowledge to adequately treat the estimated 20 million people who are survivors of polio. Polio survivors can be found in every country around the world, although those in the Western World tend to be an ageing demographic, whereas those in developing countries are across the age spectrum.

The health issues for ageing polio survivors and young polio survivors differ. In young polio survivors the challenge is to prevent and treat severe deformities, to reduce disability, and to improve social participation. In ageing polio survivors, treatment focuses on Post-Polio Syndrome (predominantly neurological) and biomechanical decline due to consistent overuse (the Late Effects of Polio or Post-Polio Sequelae), with the aim of preserving independence and quality of life.

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 build international connections by bringing together health care providers, researchers, polio survivors, their caregivers and patient organisation representatives not only from the Australasia-Pacific region, but worldwide.

The aim of the Conference is to exchange knowledge about the diagnosis and treatment of the post-polio condition in different age groups to best preserve functioning throughout life.

The Conference will provide sessions for both polio survivors and health care providers, emphasising research results and gold standard evidence-based clinical practice. Since care for polio survivors involves many different disciplines, the Conference will target professionals in the fields of rehabilitation medicine, virology, neurology, orthopaedic surgery, allied health, and students in these areas.

Abstracts submitted for oral and poster presentations will be reviewed by the Australasia-Pacific Conference Scientific Committee. All presenting authors will be informed of the outcome of the review by Friday 30 October 2015.

All accepted abstracts will be published in the Conference Proceedings and will be available to all registrants at the 2016 conference.

“Life Stage” Themes include: Rehabilitation; Clinical Practice; Clinic Models; Self-Management Strategies; Psychology; Research; Assistive Technology; Universal Design; Immunisation; Needs in Developing Countries


199 George Street
New South Wales


Polio Australia
Suite 119C

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers:

  • Merete Bertelsen (Denmark / Physiotherapist)
  • Dr Kristian Borg (Sweden / Rehab Specialist) – hosting the 2017 European Post-Polio Conference
  • Dr William DeMayo (USA / Physiatrist)
  • Dr Marny Eulberg (USA / Retired Medical Doctor)
  • Dr John Fan (USA / Physiatrist)
  • Joan Headley (USA / Director, Post-Polio Health International)
  • Dr Lise Kay (Denmark / Researcher)
  • Marmaduke Loke (USA / Orthotist)
  • Dr Stephanie Machell (USA / Psychologist)
  • John MacFarlane (Ireland / President, European Polio Union)
  • Dr Frans Nollet (The Netherlands / Rehab Specialist) – hosted the 2014 European Post-Polio Conference
  • Dr Antonio Toniolo (Italy / Virologist)
  • Dr Carol Vandenakker-Albanese (USA / Physiatrist)


  • Bernard Badorrek (NSW / Orthotist)
  • Professor Robert Booy (NSW / Immunisation Research)
  • Ann Buchan (SA / Neurophysiotherapist)
  • Anne Duncan (Vic / Respiratory Clinical Nurse Consultant)
  • Dr Stephen de Graaff (Vic / Rehabilitation Physician)
  • Gnanaletchumy Jegasothy (Jega) (WA / Retired Physiotherapist)
  • Dr Helen Mackie (NSW / Rehabilitation Physician)
  • Melissa McConaghy (NSW / Neurophysiotherapist)
  • Dr Peter Nolan (Qld / General Physician)
  • Darren Pereira (Vic / Orthotist)
  • Dr Nigel Quadros (SA / Rehabilitation Specialist)

Exhibits included

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