Workshop hosted by AAG, Post Polio Victoria and Celebrate Ageing

Tuesday 22 November
9.30am to 12.30pm
Adelaide Convention Centre
$50.00 per person


During the 20th Century, Australia experienced a number of polio epidemics, with the crippling and infectious disease affecting 40,000+people.  The majority of polio survivors are now older people and many are ageing with a disability and have Post-Polio Syndrome.  Few Australians understand these legacies of the disease and services are ill-equipped to meet the needs of people with Post Polio Syndrome.

This workshop and resulting paper aim to contribute to the increased health and wellbeing of people ageing with polio through the education of service providers and community members on the experiences and needs of people ageing with polio.


By attending this workshop you will:
- Engage with people with ageing with Post Polio Syndrome
- Learn from professionals who provide supports to people ageing with Post Polio Syndrome
- Explore what inclusive services mean to people ageing with polio
- Contribute to the development of an AAG paper on the experiences and needs of people ageing with polio and how to develop inclusive aged care services

The intended audience for this workshop is anyone who is interested in contributing to the recognition of people ageing with Post Polio Syndrome and improved services to support them.


Dr Catherine Barrett
Director, Celebrate Ageing
Catherine Barrett is an AAG member, researcher and change maker who is passionate about challenging ageism, building respect for older people ,preventing sexual assault and promoting inclusivity. Her Kindness Pandemic program has been voted the Most Uplifting Facebook Group in the World and she is a winner of the Probono Australia Impact 25 Award.  Catherine is also an engaged AAG member who has led a range of workshops, policy papers and other activities together with fellow AAG members and other organisations.
Shirley Glance OAM
President Polio Victoria
Shirley is the current President of PPV. She is also active in the community as a consumer advocate for BreastScreen Victoria and Monash Health

At the very young age of 14 months I contracted poliomyelitis , and as a consequence had to spend  many months at the Royal Children’s Hospital followed by attending  Yooralla school for the disabled. I entered mainstream schooling at the age of 7.  When I was 14 years I had my first of many operations on my polio leg.  It was adaunting experience and remember being asked as I was being wheeled down to theatre “are you having your tonsils out?” I believe that was my ‘light bulb moment’: I needed to speak up for myself. This principle I have lived by all of my life, not only for myself,  but for others without even realising that this would become so important - sharing my experiences might help others overcome their concern sand be the voice for people with a disability.

On 23rd June 2018 in the Queen’s Birthday Honours listing I was honoured to be awarded the Order of Australia (OAM) for my services to the community (National Council of Jewish Women of Australia and Polio community).