In March 2017, Maryann Liethof, Fran Henke and Dr Margaret Cooper met with the (then) recently appointed Minister for Health and Minister for Sport, the Hon Greg Hunt MP. Greg has been a long time Parliamentary Patron of Polio Australia, and it was a great opportunity for us to visit his electoral office in Hastings, Victoria, to present him with a Proposal to Support Polio Survivors. In June 2017, they followed up with the Proposal and successfully obtained funding. Polio Australia successfully recieved $450,000 over three years to undertake Clinical Practice Workshops on the Late Effects of Polio.
On Thursday 30 November 2017, Polio Australia’s Board was joined by the ACT Polio Support Group’s members, and a number of other polio survivors and supporters, at a Morning Tea and Launch of Polio Australia’s LEoP Clinical Practice Workshops Program. Our long-time supporter and Parliamentary Patron, Mark Coulton MP, provided the background to the Federal Department of Health funding, which made this program possible.