Polio Australia is continually looking for opportunities to advocate for polio survivors in Australia on a broad scale. We have also developed some resources that may assist you to access advocacy services on an individual level: Disability Services or Migrant Services.
The advocacy work of Polio Australia is done through:
Systemic advocacy: we seek to influence and/or change a ‘system’. This includes legislation, government policy and community attitudes for issues experienced by people living with polio.
Collaborative advocacy: we work collaboratively with other organisations which represent people who experience similar health issues and/or challenges to people living with polio (e.g. multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease). We work together to increase the voice and profile of advocacy for people living with polio. Examples of our collaborations can be found on our affiliates page.
- Assistive Technology For All (ATFA) Alliance: We are currently working with this Alliance to advocate for a national streamlined approach to assistive technology for people who are ineligible for the NDIS. We are currently contributing to a joint submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.
- Neurological Alliance Australia: We are currently working with this Alliance to advocate for people living with a neurological condition. We are currently contributing to a joint submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.
Polio Australia has been intensively lobbying the Federal government since 2009. This has been largely thanks to Polio Australia’s National Patron and pro-bono Government Lobbyist, Dr John Tierney OAM, a previous Senator for NSW. View some of the key initiatives achieved in these pages, or click here to see other campaigns and meetings.
Parliamentary Friends of Polio Survivors Friendship Group
Roundtable Forum on the Late Effects of Polio / Post-Polio Syndrome
Funding from Department of Health