Polio Australia | Polio Health
As the world celebrates the highly successful polio eradication program, which has reduced the number of polio endemic countries to two – Pakistan and Afghanistan – the challenge to maintain high vaccination rates around the world to prevent further outbreaks remains.
At the other end of the challenge continuum is the 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.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - Thursday, September 22, 2016 9:00 AM - 5:00 PME. Australia Time
Four Seasons Hotel199 George StSydney, New South Wales 2000Australia(02) 9250 3100
Interpoint Events Ph: 1300 789 845 or +61 2 8586 6115
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