Polio Australia ran its 3 day Polio Health and Wellness Retreat for polio survivors and their partners, from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 October 2017 at the SurfAir Conference & Events Centre Marcoola on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland.

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The seventh Retreat built on previous programs and participant feedback to present a range of self-management techniques which will enable participants to achieve general wellbeing, as well as providing options for people to remain as mobile and independent as possible.

Below is an overview of the daily itinerary and examples of the sessions that were run:

Thursday 26th October

  • Registration
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Guest Speaker
  • Program Overview
  • Introductions and Orientation

Friday 27th October (Body)

  • Plenary: The Polio Body
  • ‘Hold On’ Continence Advice
  • A Health Happy Shoulder (x 2)
  • Keeping Yourself Mobile
  • To Brace Or Not To Brace
  • Healthy Eating (x 2)
  • New Insights, Innovation And Information In Treating Common Foot Problems
  • Medicines: All You’ve Ever Wanted To Know But Never Asked
  • Negotiating My Aged Care
  • Partnering Polio
Saturday 28th October (Mind)

  • Plenary: Exploring the Healthy Mind
  • Cultivating Emotional Balance
  • But What About Me?
  • Chair Yoga
  • Cryptic Crosswords
  • Feldenkrais
  • Canasta
  • Write Your Story
  • Miniature Gardens
  • Kitchen Table Economics & Investing
  • Live Love Life Colourfully
  • Partnering Polio

Sunday 29th October (Spirit)

  • Plenary: The Spirit
  • Philosophy, Science And World Religions
  • Introduction To Buddhism
  • Finding God In Christianity