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Support Groups

Polio NZ Inc.

OUR SOCIETY

Polio NZ  (formerly Post Polio Support Society of NZ) was initiated in 1987 and incorporated in 1989. It has 18 district groups that operate autonomously, but national character is provided through the board of management. Finance is provided by $10 annual subscriptions, a grant from the Lottery Grants Board and local support.

OUR AIMS

The Society aims to provide support for those who have had polio. In particular to:

  • collect and distribute information that will enable members to understand and moderate the changes occurring in their conditions
  • inform medical practitioners of post polio syndrome and update them on advances in research and treatment
  • work towards the establishment of assessment and treatment clinics for polio survivors and for the establishment of at least one centre of excellence in New Zealand for the study and treatment of post-polio syndrome.

OUR RESOURCES

The Society has a range of material available on post polio syndrome or the late effects of polio. This includes videos, conference proceedings, books, handbooks and other major publications. It also publishes a quarterly newsletter. Access these from www.polio.org.nz

POLIO IN NEW ZEALAND

Between 1914 and 1961 there were about 10,000 cases of polio in New Zealand. A pattern of major epidemics occurred at 10-11 year intervals until the 1950s when annual summer outbreaks occurred. It was halted by the arrival of the Salk and Sabin vaccines. In 1961 virtually full immunisation against polio had been achieved.

CONTACT DETAILS

Polio NZ Inc
PO Box 260
Mosgiel 9053
New Zealand
freephone 0800 4 POLIO (0800 476 546)

e-mail: info@polio.org.nz 
website: www.polio.org.nz 

This information has been supplied and approved by Polio NZ Inc and is copyright protected. The content and design of this page must not be reproduced electronically or in print without the written permission of UBM Medica (NZ) Ltd.

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