Polio Australia hosted their eighth annual retreat on the beautiful Glenelg Beach in South Australia. The retreat focused on ‘Body, Mind & Spirit”, encompassing a range of self-management strategies for polio survivors and their carers.

Date: Thursday 11th October – Sunday 14th October

Location: Stamford Grand Adelaide, 2 Jetty Rd, Glenelg

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Resources: Find the relevent session below to find links to any resources that have been provided

Images from our 2018 Retreat
Images from our 2018 Retreat
Images from our 2018 Retreat
Images from our 2018 Retreat
Images from our 2018 Retreat
Images from our 2018 Retreat
Images from our 2018 Retreat
Images from our 2018 Retreat
Images from our 2018 Retreat
Images from our 2018 Retreat
Images from our 2018 Retreat
Images from our 2018 Retreat

Stamford Grand Adelaide at Glenelg is one of Adelaide's premier beachside resorts. It is a 10 minute drive from the airport and a 20 minute drive from Adelaide's CBD. Located right on the beach at popular seaside suburb of Glenelg, Stamford Grand Adelaide is accessed via Jetty Road's vibrant retail 7-day trading strip.

Stamford Grand Adelaide has 8 wheelchair accessible rooms available, and all facilities used for the retreat are fully accessible.

Video courtesy of Stamford Grand Adelaide

Stamford Grand Logo

- Registration, room allocation and facility orientation
- Walk With Me 10 Year Anniversary Fundraising Event
- Welcome Dinner including Program Overview, Welcome and Special Guest Speaker Steve Georganas MP, Federal Member for Hindmarsh

Friday focuses on the post-polio BODY. How can you How is it different? What should you be aware of? How can you look after your body more effectively? Sessions include:

- Plenary: Current research and feedback from health professionals on LEoP (File Size: 2.7 MB)

- Staying On Your Feet and Getting Back Up Again

- Gentle Moves (File Size: 133.0 KB) or Download Handout (File Size: 147.7 KB)

- Gentle Bodywork Techniques (File Size: 63.8 KB) or Download Handout (File Size: 622.0 KB)

- Hydrotherapy

- Fatigue, gait and balance

- Respiratory Function and Sleep Health

- Partnering Polio

- Carnitine - self-help for polio fatigue and muscle energy

- Understanding fatigue and muscle loss for polio survivors (File Size: 670.9 KB)

- Foot Care for Polio Feet (File Size: 106.7 KB)

Saturday focuses on exploring the various ways that you can keep your MIND healthy and active. Sessions include:

- Plenary: Time on our Mind

- Your Financial Future (File Size: 540.0 KB)

- Chair Dancing

- Maximising My Independence

- Awareness Through Movement

- Mosaic Made Easy

- Game On! (External website)

- Partnering Polio

- Card Making

- What’s the Use of Art?

- Early Polio Memories

Sunday focuses on a variety of forms of the SPIRIT. Whether you are typically a 'spiritual' person or not - this day is about learning something new and keeping an open mind. Sessions include:

- Plenary: What makes your whole body light up? (File Size: 983.3 KB)

- Dreamtime, Art, and Aboriginal Spirituality

- Introduction to Buddhism

- Finding God in Christianity

Download Program:

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Download Presenters List:

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Download Report:

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Thank you to our sponsors for our 2018 Polio Health and Wellness Retreat:


Click here to see details of past retreats.