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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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

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


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