The Polio Experts Speak series brings a wealth of information to polio survivors, their families and carers, and the health professionals who treat them, in a readily-accessible video format.
We thank the many health professionals across a wide range of disciplines who, together with polio survivors and family members, have contributed so much to the better understanding of the late effects of polio and post-polio syndrome through their participation in these videos.
Each entry below links to a series of videos which you can browse at your leisure – timings for each video are given.
Dr Stephen de Graaff is the Director of Pain Services and Senior Rehabilitation Physician at Epworth Healthcare. He is a Fellow of the AFRM (RACP). His areas of research interest include Stroke Rehabilitation, Spasticity Management, Pain Management, Post-Polio Sequelae and Continuing Professional Development. Steve is currently Chairman of the Education Committee of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (RACP). In 2005 Dr de Graaff was interviewed for the video PPS: The Australian Experience where he gives a detailed explanation of the causes, diagnosis and treatment of post-polio problems.
Dr Susan L Perlman, MD, is Clinical Professor of Neurology, at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles, USA). In 2009 Dr Perlman prepared this interesting series of videos on aspects of post-polio syndrome.
Post Polio Syndrome: The Australian Experience is a film produced in 2005 by Polio Network Victoria. The film documents the search by a group of polio survivors for information and treatments for their symptoms of the late effects of polio and/or post-polio syndrome.
Mary-ann Liethof was a recipient of the 2007 Churchill Fellowship and in April/May 2008, she travelled to USA and Canada with the goal of identifying techniques to better manage the late effects of polio. These 24 video segments total 3 hours of interviews with eminent North American Post Polio Specialists: Dr Richard L Bruno, Dr Sophia Chun, Mr Richard Daggett, Dr Marcia Falconer, Melinda Guttry, Dr Lauro S Halstead, Ms Joan Headley, Dr William DeMayo, Dr Susan Perlman, Dr Jacquelin Perry, Dr Darren Rosenberg, Anna Rubin, and Dr Daria Trojan.