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 www.aag.asn.au. 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 info@nullpostpoliovictoria.org.au 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