March 2024 Bulletin – Out Now

Whats in our March 2024 Issue?

🙀 Oh my goodness, we did a leap and missed February and went straight in to March.  Darn Leap Years 🙄

  • On Tuesday 21st February, Robyn & Shirley were warmly welcomed by the President, Keith Yates and the wonderful members of the Blackburn Lions Club.
  • On Friday 23rd February, Shirley and Robyn were invited by the Greensborough Salvation Army after seeing an article in the Seniors Magazine about our award-winning documentary “Lives Well Lived”.

Read more here

PPV AGM Report 2022 / 2023

Post Polio Annual General Meeting Report 2022 / 2023

The PPV AGM is a meeting to look over our achievements and elect a new committee for the coming year. Our annual report is also hot off the press in time for the meeting. There’s been plenty of discussions, updates and where to from here. 

Read the AGM report here PPV AGM 2022 2023

Links below inclusive to AGM Report for 2022 – 2023

AAG – Recognition at last- People ageing with Post-Polio Syndrome

Aged Care Reform Implementation 15 Dec 2022pdf

PPV Submission to Disability Inclusion Bill Exposure 29_10_22

Submission Assistive Technology & Home Mod Scheme PPV

Strategic Plan Actions Update for 2023

Strategic Plan 2020_2023

Focus on Ability Short Film Festival – LIVE on SBS: 03 December 2023

Post Polio Victoria’s winning entry ‘Lives Well Lived’ in the 2023 Focus on Ability Short Film Festival has been chosen to be part of the celebration on International Day of People with Disability which will be broadcast on SBSon 3rd December at 4.25 pm

Every year on 3 December, people around the world take part in International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD). It is a day to promote awareness, understanding and acceptance in our community.

The Focus on Ability Short Film Festival will be showcased nationwide on SBS on 3 December. This 65-minute documentary, featuring stories from various corners of the globe, will be broadcast on SBS at 4:25 pm and subsequently accessible On Demand.

Please share this extraordinary event with your communities and                  👇 Click on our winning short film presentation below 👇

Post Polio VIC. Inc. 🏆 Winning Film 🎥 “Lives Well Lived, hopes, dreams and pushing through Polio”

We wanted to share with you our amazing win on our short film, ‘LIVES WELL LIVED’ not only in Australia, but the world. Thank you to Focus on Ability Short Film Festival NOVA Employment and Noble Toyota for our new car. This was an opportunity which we are all sincerely over the moon and could not have done it without Chris Franklin – Franklin Image who helped us create our film that won!
Finally, but foremost, to all of our Polio friends and family, this win is for you!! Congratulations! 👏🏆👏

🏆 Focus on Ability Red Carpet Awards – Sunday 05 Nov 2023

Winner Announcements

Lives Well Lived Post Polio VIC. Focus on Ability Short Film Festival

The Focus on Ability™️ annual international Short Film Festival challenges filmmakers to create a short (5 minute) film that celebrates the achievements and abilities of people with disability.

All of the stars of Post Polio Victoria Inc. ‘Lives Well Lived’ short film, Shirley Glance, Robyn Abrahams and Peter Freckleton were honoured to be invited. However only Shirley Glance and Robyn Abrahams are able to attend

The 2023 Red Carpet Awards which will be held at Concert Hall in Chadtswood, Sydney and you can watch it live stream here

Sunday 05 Nov 2023 – 1.55pm – 4.30pm Sydney, Canberra Melbourne local time.

The work of ANUHD is complete

A mandatory access standard for all new housing is included in the National Construction Code from 1 October 2023

Any further activity at a State level will be through Building Better Homes.

Livable Housing Design Training

Please visit the ABCB webinar on Livable Housing Design Standard.
This video from the NCC 2022 Webinar Series held in March 2023 covers the latest changes regarding livable housing design in NCC 2022.

Embolden 2023 – 3-4 October 2023

#Embolden 2023 National Symposium

The Embolden Symposium is Australia’s only national event combatting ageism and building respect for older people. Established in 2018, our aim is to embolden (build capacity/confidence) of service providers, policy makers, community leaders, older people and everyone who works with or for older people – to accelerate the page of change. Embolden2023 will focus on cultural dimensions of ageism and practical primary prevention strategies.

The 2023 Symposium will be held on October 3-4 at the Daylesford Town Hall (in person event only). Additionally,  on October 1st, an online event will launch the #OldisBeautiful project, to coincide with International Day of the Older Person.

Our President Shirley Glance OAM will be one of this years Presenters.
Shirley Glance OAM will be one of the Presenters at #embolden2023 in Daylesford VIC.
Embolden 2023

Voting closes at midnight tonight – Vote Now!

Today is our last day of voting for the Focus On Ability Short Film Festival, our short film ‘LIVES WELL LIVED’

Below are instructions for everybody who can, to get as many people in your community to vote for ‘LIVES WELL LIVED’.  We have a scheduled Facebook Post every two hours today and one on the final hour.
If you could please throughout the day, click on Post Polio VIC. Facebook Page and share the 2 hour scheduled posts within your communities.  At the bottom of every 2 hour post will be a share button.  Click on the share button and choose ‘Share to a Feed’. The every 2 hour post you share will go directly to your personal Facebook Feed for your communities to hopefully vote and share.  All the hard work is done for you, including a short paragraph on each 2 hour post to help you engage your communities.
Thank you to everybody who has voted so far and have shared with your numerous communities.  Now is the final push.
Good Luck to all 👏 👏

Recognition at last: People ageing with Post-Polio Syndrome

Recognition at last: People ageing with Post-Polio Syndrome

In November 2022, the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) co-hosted a workshop in collaboration with Post Polio Victoria Inc. and Celebrate Ageing Inc. The aim of the workshop was to contribute to the health and wellbeing of people ageing with Polio by educating service providers and community members on the experiences and needs of people ageing with Polio.

Key points

❖ Australia is home to some 73,000 Polio survivors

❖ Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS) is a condition that affects Polio survivors

decades after their infection

❖ PPS can have a significant effect on overall health and wellbeing, and the

capacity for older adults with PPS to age well

❖ Although PPS symptoms vary between individuals, they generally include:

❖ Muscle weakness and atrophy, chronic fatigue, pain and respiratory


❖ Increased sensitivity to cold, trouble swallowing and poor sleep

❖ Because health and aged care providers generally know little about Polio

or PPS, patients’ symptoms and experiences are often poorly recognised

and understood

❖ Polio survivors want health practitioners to listen, recognise PPS and offer

an empathetic, sensible approach to the managing each person’s


❖ To help them age well and with dignity, Polio survivors need equipment to

assist with mobility and ventilation, and the modification of living

environments to support independence at home

❖ Polio survivors need better access to assistive technology and home

modifications through aged care policy and practice

❖ Disability support often involves equipment and resources for

adjustment that aged care often cannot provide

❖ Access and inclusion can be optimised through telehealth and other

virtual services

❖ Where possible, service providers should be creative in how they design

and deliver services, drawing on different funding and support options

For too long, Polio survivors have been hidden in society and largely forgotten. Many of us don’t understand Polio and the unique experiences and

needs of people ageing with Post Polio Syndrome. It’s important to learn from diverse perspectives and understand how to be more inclusive.

Health services must be tailored to different requirements … Polio impacts

every person differently.

The full workshop report is available on the AAG website at It offers recommendations to inform policy and improve practice to better meet the needs of older adults with PPS. For more information, contact Shirley Glance at or phone 0431 702 137

Lives Well Lived – 2023 Focus on Ability Short Film Festival

Post Polio Victoria Inc have entered the 2023 Focus on Ability Short Film Festival. Below is our sneaky short trailer!

Online Voting is from August 16 – August 22, 2023  

Your votes will help us win and most importantly get the word out about

“Lives Well Lived” hopes dreams and pushing through Polio