Polio Australia is works with a range of different organisations. Click on their logos below to learn more about them:
Ability First Australia
Ability First Australia is a national body of leading disability organisations working to achieve a fair go for Australians living with a disability. These organisations are amongst Australia’s oldest and most respected charities. All were established from the 1920’s onwards to support children living with the results of polio, cerebal palsy and related conditions.
Their purpose is to work with our Member organisations to ensure that every Australian living with disabilities, and their families, has access to programs that maximise their potential and create opportunities for them to make their own choices.
Assistive Technology for All (ATFA) Alliance
Assistive Technology for All (ATFA) is a national alliance of organisations and consumer representatives spanning the ageing and disability sectors.
For many people who require aids and equipment but are ineligible for NDIS funding, current systems are inadequate, have prohibitively long waiting lists and often require a significant co-payment. ATFA’s main priority is to lobby for equal access to assistive technology for all Australians, including those over 65 or others who fall outside the NDIS.
Carers Australia is the national peak body representing Australia’s unpaid carers, advocating on their behalf to influence policies and services at a national level. It works collaboratively with partners and its member organisations, the Network of state and territory Carers Associations, to deliver a range of essential national carer services.
Polio Australia works with the state-based Carers Australia organisations to deliver information to carers as part of our Community Information Sessions program.
Chronic Illness Alliance
The aim of the Chronic Illness Alliance is to build a better focus in health policy and health services for all people with chronic illnesses. It does this through education and research projects. Chronic Illness Alliance has 55 member organisations, both state and national.
The Chronic Illness Alliance is often asked for a definition of chronic illness, so here is the one they prefer: "… an illness that is permanent or lasts a long time. It may get slowly worse over time. It may lead to death, or it may finally go away. It may cause permanent changes to the body. It will certainly affect the person's quality of life."
Consumers Health Forum of Australia
The Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) is the national peak body representing the interests of Australian healthcare consumers. CHF works to achieve safe, quality, timely healthcare for all Australians, supported by accessible health information and systems. CHF member organisations reach thousands of Australian health consumers across a wide range of health interests and health system experiences. CHF policy is developed through consultation with members, ensuring that CHF maintains a broad, representative, health consumer perspective. CHF is committed to being an active advocate in the ongoing development of Australian health policy and practice.
Council Of The Ageing Victoria
Council Of The Ageing Australia's role is to promote, improve and protect the wellbeing of older people in Australia as citizens and consumers. It seeks to be recognised by government, the general community and media as representing, advocating for and serving all older Australians.
Polio Australia works with the state-based COTA organisations advocate for the rights of older people in Australia.
Global Citizen is a movement of engaged citizens who are using their collective voice to end extreme poverty by 2030. On our platform, Global Citizens learn about the systemic causes of extreme poverty, take action on those issues, and earn rewards for their actions — as part of a global community committed to lasting change.
Global Citizen is heavily involved in the End Polio Now campaign and is supportive of Polio Australia's initiatives.
Neurological Alliance Australia
The Neurological Alliance Australia is an alliance of national not-for-profit peak organizations representing adults and children living with progressive neurological or neuro-muscular conditions in Australia. The Alliance aims to promote improved quality of life for people living with these conditions and funding to support research.
The alliance works in partnership to:
- Identify and develop joint influencing opportunities.
- Identify and develop joint projects and funding opportunities.
- Identify and promote research into the prevention, delay, management and/or cure of progressive neurological conditions.
- Establish Progressive Neurological Disease as a National Health Priority.
- Act as a consultative body for national progressive neurological research, policy and programs.
- Identify and liaise with other organizations as partners for specific projects or consortia as required.
Physical Disability Australia
Physical Disability Australia exists to convince governments to mandate laws and rules that enable the full participation of people with physical disability in all areas of society.
Physical Disability Australia's goals are to:
- educate, advise, resource and respond to government
- attempt to keep decision makers honest
- effect and initiate change
- be a united voice
- be a grass roots organisation
- be a watchdog
- be proactive and creative
- be a voice that disability is normal and therefore we are equal.
Post-Polio Health International
Based in St Louis, Missouri, USA, the mission of Post-Polio Health International (PHI) is to enhance the lives and independence of polio survivors and home ventilator users through education, advocacy, research and networking.
PHI reaches out to polio survivors around the world where their information and experience may be helpful. The explosion of new forms of technology and information dissemination offers great hope for sharing resources.