ABC Television "Timeframe" Episode 6-1997: Polio Days
In 1955 American Dr Jonas Salk became a hero overnight when he announced that he had successfully trialled a vaccine against polio. Salk's Australian colleague Dr Bazeley ensured that the vaccine was quickly available for local use and local schoolkids started lining up for their injections. The age of the great Australian polio epidemics was effectively over. In this program Australian polio survivors remember their own "Polio Days".
The Calliper Kids
“The Calliper Kids” is a self-published book of eleven life journeys of polio survivors and was produced by the Knox-Yarra Ranges (Victoria) Polio Support Group in 2009. In the Foreword, Joan Smith, Project Co-ordinator, writes: As a polio survivor and convenor of the Knox-Yarra Ranges Polio Support Group, I invite you to join our storytellers in celebrating the defeat of childhood polio through tenacity and determination. Many achieved careers, raised families and took on leadership roles – ordinary people who achieved some extraordinary tasks, just by living everyday lives. However as midlife arrives, we have to face the challenges of polio again and as our stories reveal, make significant changes. "The Calliper Kids" can be downloaded from this site in PDF format.
Homes for Crippled Children c.1940
View 3 short clips showing children with polio in the 1940s on the australianscreen website which is operated by the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA). The NFSA is the national audiovisual archive, collecting, preserving and sharing the nation’s moving image and recorded sound heritage. NFSA has the complete version of the film which was produced by Reverend RW Dobbinson. The silent film surveys convalescent homes and caring facilities for children with polio and other crippling diseases. It shows a number of homes and facilities across the country including the children’s ward of the Brisbane Hospital, 'Montrose’ on the Brisbane River, Collaroy Home in New South Wales, Franston Home in Victoria and St Giles in Tasmania. It also shows rehabilitation methods including physiotherapy and hydrotherapy. The NFSA may be able to provide an access copy of this title to view or listen to on site at NFSA access centres.
Polio Place - a service of Post-Polio Health International
Post-Polio Health International’s mission is to enhance the lives and independence of polio survivors and home ventilator users through education, advocacy, research and networking. PHI, with the generous support of the Roosevelt Warm Springs Foundation, is committed to reaching out to survivors and their families, health professionals and policymakers in countries where living successfully with polio is not a priority. In furtherance of this commitment, welcome to Polio Place! Explore the past, the present and help build a promising future for the world’s polio survivors.
Iron Lung Was Life To Me - Jim Vickers-Willis
* The past includes not only the story of the disease, but the story of its survivors.
* Presently, survivors are living with the effects of poliomyelitis in such diverse places as Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ireland and the United States and are creating their individual stories each day.
* Their future is influenced by their access to health care, social and governmental support, and medical and practical information from other survivors.
This is an article written by polio patient Jim Vickers-Willis on what it is like to one minute be a famous entertainer, and the next to be lying on your back encased in an iron-lung which is needed for life support.
Polio Stories from Polio Network Victoria
Many people who have had polio share a common history. However, there is as much diversity in each personal story as in how the poliovirus affected them. These stories have been contributed to Polio Network Victoria over a period of years for sharing and inspiration.
Polio Stories from Post-Polio Network (NSW)
Just a few of the polio stories collected by the NSW Network over the years.
The Polio Chronicle
The Polio Chronicle was published by the National Patients Committee at the Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation in Warm Springs, Georgia, USA, from July 1931 to February 1934. The library at Warm Springs possesses a total of 25 issues of the Chronicle. The Disability History Museum has 268 articles from the Chronicle in its online library - a fascinating look at polio in the 1930s.