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Polio Services Victoria (PSV) was established by the Victorian Government in early 1998 to provide ongoing expertise and support for people who have had polio. 

Polio Services Victoria currently consists of a core allied health team that is available to provide consultations to clients about their healthcare needs. A rehabilitation medicine consultant is also available to consult on polio related medical needs as required. 

Our Team

The team at Polio Services Victoria consists of: 

  • Rehabilitation Physician 
  • Physiotherapist 
  • Occupational Therapist 
  • Social Worker 
  • Orthotist 
  • Psychologist
  • Allied health assistant 

Our Services

Service objectives

To assist people who have had polio to maximise their independence and participation through the provision of support and to facilitate access to appropriate services and resources for the individual and their carers.


The services currently offered by Polio Services Victoria include:

  • Specialist allied health assessment and management for people who have had polio including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and orthotics 
  • Service planning for people who have had polio
  • Information and assistance to link into relevant community services and supports
  • Referral to allied health, nursing, medical and surgical services within St Vincent's Hospital 
  • Referral to external health providers as required – this may be for a sleep study, orthosis provision, speech pathology or community health services 
  • Limited outpatient and home-based allied health service provision 
  • Assistance with aids and equipment 
  • Information and advice for people who have had polio and for community service providers 
  • Access to specialist medical assessment and investigations 
  • Clinics in regional Victoria 

Some of our In-house Programs

Gait and Balance Clinics:  

  • Run every Tuesday by PSV Orthotist and Physiotherapist. Provides a comprehensive assessment and referral to appropriate local providers to assist with patient needs.  Some of the orthotic and physiotherapy needs may be managed in-house depending on complexity and availability of clinical time. 

Hydrotherapy sessions:  

  • A 10 week program aimed at assisting patients to learn a program targeted at their specific needs and transitioning them into a local pool to continue the program independently. Runs throughout the year except during public holidays. 

Fatigue management workshops:  

  • We understand that fatigue can be a major issue for polio survivors. PSV offers fatigue management seminars to regional areas and a comprehensive 5 week course within St Vincent’s’ Hospital, both of which run periodically throughout the year. Please see below for dates and locations. 

Multi-disciplinary clinics:  

  • Run every fortnight on a Wednesday afternoon and Thursday.  The appointment is with the Rehabilitation Physician and members of the allied health team depending on your identified needs.  A General Practitioner's referral is required to facilitate ongoing care and management.  This assists the administrative and clinical team to complete Medicare requirements and to forward a post-clinic recommendation letter to your General Practitioner.  If your letter has expired, you will be requested to obtain a new referral letter.

Referral Information

Referral Forms and Guidelines

Refer to the SACS Referral Form area

  • Sacs Referral Form

Polio Services Victoria only requests GP or medical specialists' referrals for appointments that involve our medical consultant. All of the allied health disciplines are able to see clients without a referral however if healthcare professionals are involved in the care of the client then a referral can be beneficial. All referrals will be assessed in terms of urgency and appointments allocated on this basis.

Send referrals to:
Service Coordinator
Polio Services Victoria
St Vincent's
PO Box 2900
Fitzroy VIC 3065
Fax: (03) 9231 3808


Individual discipline information

(Please use as a guide only as details are subject to change without notice)



  • Medical or Allied Health Referral required 


Occupational Therapy

  • Medical or Allied Health Referral required 



  • Medical or Allied Health Referral required 


Rehabilitation Medicine

  • Medical referral requested (GP/Specialist)


Social Work

  • Medical or Allied Health Referral required 

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Regional Clinic Dates

Polio Services Victoria delivers services to the whole of Victoria. Listed below are the dates and locations of our regional clinics

Regional clinics

21st February 2019 - Mildura

3rd and 4th April 2019 - Warrnambool

26th and 27th June 2019 - Leongatha

7th and 8th August 2019 - Wangaratta

2nd and 3rd October 2019 - Ballarat

27th and 28th November 2019 - Bairnsdale

We understand that fatigue can be a major issue for polio survivors. PSV offers fatigue management seminars to regional areas and a comprehensive 5 week course within St Vincent’s’ Hospital, both of which run periodically throughout the year. Please see below for dates and locations.


Fatigue management dates

5th April 2019 - Warrnambool

17th May 2019 - Mildura

28th June 2019 - Leongatha

9th August 2019 - Wangaratta

4th October 2019 - Ballarat

29th November 2019 - Bairnsdale


Fatigue Management Workshops are held at St Vincent's during the year.  Dates to be confirmed.  Please contact the service if you feel you would benefit from attending.


Our Location

Polio Services Victoria is located at St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne. Clinic appointments are held in the Polio Services Victoria clinic room, on the ground floor of the Bolte Wing (Building F). The Bolte Wing can be accessed directly from Nicholson Street, just north of Victoria Parade (red dot on the map below).


When you arrive at St Vincent's please report to the reception desk (information symbol on map below). The reception staff will notify the appropriate PSV staff member that you have arrived and provide you with further direction as required.


Parking and transport

There are boom gates installed at the entrance to the PSV driveway to improve access to the disabled car spaces near PSV.  The boom gates have helped free up the parking spots, but a space cannot be guaranteed at the time of your appointment.  For more information on how to use the boom gates for patient parking/ drop-off and pick-up, please click here.

Parking near Building F -  Bolte Wing can unfortunately be difficult at times. We recommend that wherever possible clients should be dropped off at the service or take public transport. 


A patient drop-off area is available in front of the Nicholson Street entrance to Building F - Bolte Wing (red dot on the map below).


For further information please feel welcome to contact the service or follow the links to the St Vincent's maps and parking and transport pages.


Tel: (03) 9231 3900 or 1800 030 324

Fax: (03) 9231 3808



Tel: (03) 9231 3900 or 1800 030 324

Fax: (03) 9231 3808


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