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Symposium - Late Effects of Polio - Friday, 18 October 2019

Speakers’ presentations and image gallery are now available on Polio NZ website.

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

Polio Symposium Poster 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 jointly hosted a one day symposium in Wellington for health clinicians on the Late Effects of Polio. This highly interactive symposium brought together the clinical teams, the researchers and those with lived experience of this debilitative condition to improve outcomes for all.

There was 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 was the New Zealand premiere of ‘Korero Polio – Phillip's story’.

Download the programme (110KB)

Speakers include

  • Mark Inglis (ONZM, mountaineer, researcher, speaker and winemaker)
  • Dr Gareth Parry (Emeritus Professor of Neurology, University of Minnesota and visiting consultant at Capital and Coast DHB) explained Late Effects of Polio, possible causes and symptoms.
  • Dr Vic du Plessis (Rehabilitation Specialist and Neurologist) addressed the role of rehabilitation for people experiencing LEoP.
  • Dr Andrew Veale (Respiratory and Sleep Specialist) discussed LEoP symptoms impacting on breathing and sleep, and helpful strategies for managing these.
  • Dr Louise Lynch (Clinical Lead in Pain Management at Capital Coast DHB and former Consultant Anaesthetist of Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust)
  • Gordon Jackman (CEO, Duncan Foundation) described Health Pathways and the clinics established by the Duncan Foundation for assessing and managing the symptoms of clients experiencing LEoP.
  • Dr Lynn McBain (GP and Head of Department of Primary Health Care & General Practice, University of Otago, Wellington) discussed the role of GP in supporting people with Late Effects of Polio
  • Dr Chris Cameron (Consultant in clinical pharmacology and internal medicine, Capital and Coast DHB and Senior Lecturer in clinical pharmacology at the Wellington School of Medicine, University of Otago)
  • Dr William Levack (Associate Professor, University of Otago, Wellington and President, Rehabilitation Association of NZ) presented initial findings of University of Otago research on dynamic braces.
  • Professor Michael Baker (Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington) spoke about the eradication of polio as a public health issue in New Zealand.
  • Dr Helen Aspasia Petousis-Harris (Vaccinologist, Senior Lecturer in the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, The University of Auckland) discussed the current situation in New Zealand with respect to vaccinations.

Korero Polio – Phillip’s story

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POLIO NZ Phillip Gaffer W T

The short documentary which tells the very moving story of Phillip Rudolph’s journey with polio was launched at the symposium. Trailer for Korero Polio documentary