‘Polio:  Life Stage Matters’

The Polio: Life Stage Matters conference held at the Fours Seasons Hotel in Sydney, 20 – 22 September 2016 was a real success.  Polio Survivors and expert presenters from 14 countries attended, including 16 from New Zealand and everyone was blown away by the quality of the presentations, the buzz of conversation during the breaks and the number of initiatives being taken to improve the lives of polio survivors. In the next few months it is intended that videos of all the presentations will be available on:  http://www.polioaustralia.org.au/polio-conference-life-stage-matters/


Polio NZ Inc.’s. President

Barry Holland was elected President of our Society at the Christchurch Jubilee Conference October 2014.   He is experienced in governance roles having served on a number of community groups including the Auckland Racing Club.  Barry also comes with fifty years’ experience in radio, television, marketing and advertising; skills which will be capitalized on as he leads the Board as media front man. 

He was three years old when he contracted polio and spent nine months in Auckland Hospital and another three in the Wilson Home.   Barry considers himself fortunate having been primarily affected in the one leg but nevertheless, being able to run and physically compete with his peers during school years.  Carolyn is his wife of 47 years and together they had three children. 

He began acknowledging some increased weakness or other such symptoms which were largely ‘annoying’ until into his 60’s, when he noticed he was falling more regularly and people would ask him if he was, ’managing ok’.  Now he is aware that his faithful and previously reliable left leg is beginning to complain about having worked twice as hard all these years and his gait is definitely changing.  ‘However, it just has to be managed’, Barry says, but he is determined that others within New Zealand should have awareness of late effect issues of polio, be supported in  coming to terms with these and their management, and that professionals who support the many thousands of polio survivors should also be better informed.

Barry is particularly enthused by the increasingly close collaboration between Polio NZ and our Australian counterpart Polio Australia.  Board Members of both organizations have attended each other’s Retreats and Gordon Jackson is representing the Membership on the steering committee for the Australian-Pacific Post-Polio Conference to be held in Sydney, 20 – 22 September 2016.  A close and cooperative relationship is proving to be both supportive and highly educative as our Australian cousins’ share the progress and pit falls they have encountered.


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The late effects of Poliomyelitis

This is the web site of Polio NZ Inc. (Formerly Post Polio Support Society of NZ Inc)

It provides information and support for the members of the society and others who have post-polio syndrome.

If you know anyone who has had Polio, we are able to help them with information and support through our 23 Support Groups throughout New Zealand: 0800 416 546

Our Newsletter comes out 3 times a year. The latest issue is now on line.
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Polio and Post Polio

Detailed descriptions of polio and post-polio syndrome, including a list of the symptoms of post polio and how to manage the syndrome.

More infohere

Criteria for suspecting Post-Polio Syndrome and Late Effects of Polio
  • A prior episode of polio confirmed by medical history or obvious polio paralysis
  • Residual motor neuron loss
  • Years of functional stability after the acute illness
  • Gradual or abrupt onset of new weakness
  • Generalised fatigue leading to exhaustion, which may also have psychological effects

Polio Immunisation Statement 

The risk of polio epidemics re-occurring in New Zealand increases while immunisation remains below optimal levels. Polio is only a plane ride away. Are all your family members immunised? If not, the crippling paralysis of polio could once again be a reality. The only prevention is vaccination. Act now with free immunisation.

Polio NZ Inc endorses current immunisation campaigns to protect the population against outbreaks of polio.