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The need to establish post-polio networks arose when it appeared that about 70% of the people who had contracted polio 20-30 years ago were experiencing new difficulties and required support. These difficulties were new muscle weakness, joint and muscle pain, breathing problems and extreme fatigue. This was a new aspect of polio and only by a combined effort of people who had had polio could acceptance of these new symptoms by health professionals be achieved. These symptoms became known as the post-polio syndrome.

The objectives of the networks are:

  • to provide advice through an information kit and regular newsletters on the late effects of polio, where to get help and self-help practices
  • to act as a support network for people who have had polio
  • to encourage the interchange of thoughts and experiences through seminars and local support groups
  • to encourage research into the late effects of polio.

Although each State network is an autonomous body, interchange of ideas through conferences and seminars takes place.


New South Wales
Post-Polio Network (NSW) Inc.
PO Box 888
Kensington 2033Tel: (02) 636 6515

Australian Polio Network
PO Box 1189
Collingwood 3066
Tel: (03) 415 1200

Post Polio Support (Qld)
PO Box 5651
West End 4101
Tel: (07) 844 7311

South Australia
Post Polio Support Group of SA (Inc.)
c/- The Neurological Resource
Centre of SA (Inc.)
37 Woodville Road
Woodville 5011
Tel: (08) 268 6222

Western Australia
Post Polio Network of WA
PO Box 257
Subiaco 6008
Tel: (09) 3810170

WA Post Polio Support Group
Bunbury (Inc.)
Unit 29 Wattle Hill Lodge
Bunbury 6230
Tel: (097) 215845

Tas Polio Support
51 Tottenham Road
Gagebrook 7030
Tel: (002) 63 6236