Polio Australia is a member of the following organisations. Click on their logos below to learn more about them:

Ability First Australia

Ability First Australia is a national body of leading disability organisations working to achieve a fair go for Australians living with a disability. These organisations are amongst Australia’s oldest and most respected charities. All were established from the 1920’s onwards to support children living with the results of polio, cerebal palsy and related conditions.

Our purpose is to work with our Member organisations to ensure that every Australian living with disabilities, and their families, has access to programs that maximise their potential and create opportunities for them to make their own choices.

Post-Polio Health International

Based in St Louis, Missouri, USA, the mission of Post-Polio Health International (PHI) is to enhance the lives and independence of polio survivors and home ventilator users through education, advocacy, research and networking.

PHI reaches out to polio survivors around the world where their information and experience may be helpful. The explosion of new forms of technology and information dissemination offers great hope for sharing resources.

Chronic Illness Alliance

The Chronic Illness Alliance has 55 member organisations, both state and national. The aim of the Alliance is to build a better focus in health policy and health services for all people with chronic illnesses. It does this through education and research projects.

The Chronic Illness Alliance is often asked for a definition of chronic illness, so here is the one they prefer:

"…an illness that is permanent or lasts a long time. It may get slowly worse over time. It may lead to death, or it may finally go away. It may cause permanent changes to the body. It will certainly affect the person's quality of life."

Consumers Health Forum

The Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) is the national peak body representing the interests of Australian healthcare consumers. CHF works to achieve safe, quality, timely healthcare for all Australians, supported by accessible health information and systems. CHF member organisations reach thousands of Australian health consumers across a wide range of health interests and health system experiences. CHF policy is developed through consultation with members, ensuring that CHF maintains a broad, representative, health consumer perspective. CHF is committed to being an active advocate in the ongoing development of Australian health policy and practice.


The role of painaustralia is to facilitate implementation of the National Pain Strategy by working collaboratively with members and partners within the pain community. The National Pain Strategy was developed by more than 200 health professionals, consumers and other stakeholders, representing more than 150 organisations, at the National Pain Summit in 2010. The National Pain Strategy provides a framework for delivering best practice assessment, treatment and management of acute, chronic and cancer-related pain. It focuses on improving access to interdisciplinary pain services at all levels of the health system. The National Pain Strategy has informed statewide pain management plans in Queensland and New South Wales, and has assisted other state governments in reviewing their approaches to pain services.

Physical Disability Australia

Physical Disability Australia exists to convince governments to mandate laws and rules that enable the full participation of people with physical disability in all areas of society.

Physical Disability Australia's goals are to: ~ educate, advise, resource and respond to government ~ attempt to keep decision makers honest ~ effect and initiate change ~ be a united voice ~ be a grass roots organisation ~ be a watchdog ~ be proactive and creative ~ be a voice that disability is normal and therefore we are equal.