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Symposium – Late Effects of Polio

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

Polio Symposium A4 Poster thumbnail 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 debilitating 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.


Download the detailed programme (110KB)

Session 1: Overview of the late effects of polio and rehabilitation
Session 2: Duncan Foundation needs assessment clinics, health pathways and GPs as first port of call
Session 3: Post-polio and managing symptoms: Pain, fatigue, respiratory and sleep issues, and temperature sensitivity
Session 4: Post-polio and mental well-being, quality of life and self-care
Session 5: Post-polio foot functioning and orthotics
Session 6: Post-polio medications: Interactions and intolerances
Session 7: Open forum
Session 8: Raising awareness: Link with vaccine and telling our stories
Session 9: Where to from here?

This symposium is hosted by University of Otago, Wellington & Polio NZ. For more information, visit the official webpage of the symposium.

Date Friday, 18 October 2019
Time 9:30am - 4:30pm
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Symposium
DepartmentMedicine (Wellington)
LocationNordmeyer Lecture Theatre, Level D
University of Otago Wellington, 23a Mein Street, Newtown
CostInformation for cost and registration can be found on
Contact NameAnne Fitzpatrick

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