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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Polio Australia is a National Compact Partner. The Compact has been developed by the Government in consultation with Australia’s Third Sector – the broad range of not-for-profit organisations that exist to provide services, advance causes, share enthusiasm, preserve traditions or worship together. The Compact is an agreement setting out how the Government and the Sector want to work together to achieve their shared vision.
This Compact is a starting point for a stronger, more productive relationship. As the relationship matures over time, the Sector and the Government may need to refine this document to reflect their new ways of working together.