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Inform issue 22 – Autumn 2017

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  • Polio
In this edition of Inform we celebrate people out in their communities. We meet John who shares with us his determination which resulted in a new creative direction.

Disability Sport &

Disability Sport & Recreation Festival Go your own way On a warm and bright summer’s day along the beautiful Crown Riverwalk, the Independence Australia team attended the recently held annual Disability Sport & Recreation Festival (DSR). Each year, the festival coincides with International Day of People with Disability, and welcomes thousands of people of all abilities who come along to engage in and learn about what sport and recreation opportunities are out there for those living with a disability. The Independence Australia team asked the question, “What does independence mean to you?” Answers varied, from people acknowledging that it’s something they take for granted, to those who interpret it as being in control of their own life. Those interested in finding out more about what Independence Australia offered were provided with information about the camps, day trips, personal recreation and community access programs, and volunteering opportunities. To find out more about the Independence Australia recreation program, email For further information about the festival visit 4 Inform

Polio Day 2016 60 years on: a vital vaccine in Victoria Independence Australia and Polio Network Victoria’s annual Polio Day acknowledged a significant milestone in the condition’s history this year. Sixty years have passed since Victoria first received the polio vaccination and halted the spread of the virus. More than 100 people attended the inaugural event, held at the Arts Centre in Melbourne, on Saturday, 22 October 2016. Eminent scientist and research biologist, Sir Gustav Nossal AC, CBE, officially opened Polio Day, which also featured guest speakers, including global advocate Ramesh Ferris, Bill Jarrard who is the Canadian polio survivor and co-founder of Mindwerx International, and local MP Frank McGuire. The theme of 60 years was a central focus throughout the day as guest presenters shared their experiences with fellow survivors and their supporters. Fran Henke, Secretary of the Mornington Peninsula Post- Polio Support Group, was the Master of Ceremonies. Fran is one of the survivors who was diagnosed with the condition in 1946. A big thank you to Sir Gustav Nossal AC, CBE, the Polio Day Committee, and Independence Australia’s Marketing and Community Solutions teams for their commitment to ensuring Polio Day 2016 was a success. Autumn 2017 5