Polio Australia affiliates itself 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.

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The Assistive Technology for All (ATFA) alliance is a group of peak disability organisations who meet at COTA Vic to strategise systemic advocacy for access to assistive technology for those who are not eligible for the NDIS. Disability Services Act 2006 identifies how people with a disability in Victoria will get good support and services and is inclusive of Victorians of all age. Historically, the state government has supported the provision of Assistive Technology through the state-wide equipment program (SWEP) and other community-based, government funded programs. This has delivered upon the current legislative requirement that the state government ensure there is sufficient goods and services for all Victorians with a disability, including those over 65 years.

Chronic Illness Alliance

The Chronic Illness Alliance has 55 member organisations, both state and national. The aim of the 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.

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

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.

COTA Victoria

Council Of The Ageing Victoria believes that ageing in Australian should be a time of possibility, opportunity and influence. COTA’s work is driven by the diverse voices of older Victorians. In working to achieve our vision, COTA seeks to advance the rights, interests and futures of Australians as we age. COTA Victoria is an older person’s movement run by and for older people to achieve the following outcomes:

- that older Victorians are influential through their active contribution to the community and participation in decision making

- that older Victorians are informed citizens and consumers

- to maximise the well-being of older Victorians

- to create an inclusive community that values older people

- to ensure that the human rights of older Victorians are protected and advanced.

Global Citizen

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 are heavily involved in the End Polio Now campaign and are supportive of Polio Australia's initaitives.

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 will work 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.


The role of painaustralia is to facilitate implementation of the National Pain Strategy by working collaboratively with members and partners within the pain community. The National Pain Strategy was developed by more than 200 health professionals, consumers and other stakeholders, representing more than 150 organisations, at the National Pain Summit in 2010. The National Pain Strategy provides a framework for delivering best practice assessment, treatment and management of acute, chronic and cancer-related pain. It focuses on improving access to interdisciplinary pain services at all levels of the health system. The National Pain Strategy has informed statewide pain management plans in Queensland and New South Wales, and has assisted other state governments in reviewing their approaches to pain services.

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.