Polio Awareness Month

Friday, 01 October 2021 - Sunday, 31 October 2021

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The Annual Polio Awareness Month is an opportunity to raise the profile of Australia’s polio community and increase awareness about the Late Effects of Polio among health professionals and the wider public.

Each October, Polio Australia coordinates awareness-raising through its annual Polio Awareness Month campaign. Known polio survivors are contacted and their stories are provided to the print media and radio stations to broadcast the message that “We’re Still Here!” and that there is information and support from Polio Australia and Networks for people who are experiencing the LEoP/PPS and may not be aware of the condition.

Since 2012, the campaigns have culminated in a mass visit to Parliament House in Canberra with up to 60 polio survivors and their family members and friends from across Australia meeting with their local MPs to discuss their needs.

In addition, all state-based Polio Networks are encouraged and supported to generate local media interest during October, with the aim of potentially reaching new members. Polio Awareness Month activities are also promoted via Polio Australia’s publications and website.

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