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How to stay festively fit

During the Festive Season many of us find exercise becomes less of a priority as to-do lists grow longer and longer. However, for people with Parkinson’s, missing your exercise is not an option. Here are some tips to help motivate you to keep Parkinson’s fit, over the Festive Season. DOWNLOAD…


Parkinson’s Travel Tips

‘Tis the season for holidays, family gatherings and travel for people with Parkinson’s. Most issues can be avoided with a little planning. Parkinson’s NSW is here to help. DOWNLOAD TRAVEL TIPS The InfoLine is your single point of contact for support from our nurses, or for any other information you…


Parkinson’s nurse research scores goals

A major research project into the effectiveness of neurological nurses supporting people with Parkinson’s in regional communities has passed another major milestone. Stage 1 – a literature review – has been completed and is already attracting keen interest. Stage 2 is now well underway. This involves an analysis of data…


Support Group Conference 2018

More than 90 representatives from Parkinson’s NSW Support Groups from across NSW recently participated in our annual Support Group Conference in Sydney. Participants heard inspirational speakers, received updates on the latest in research and treatments for Parkinson’s, and had many opportunities to share ideas with other people living with Parkinson’s.…


$300,000 in research grants awarded

Parkinson’s NSW awarded grants totalling $300,000 to four prominent researchers at the Support Group Conference Annual Dinner in Sydney last month. A number of leading Parkinson’s researchers, their publications and ongoing research projects were assessed by the Research Advisory Board of Parkinson’s NSW before the final recipients were selected. The…


Parkinson’s NSW Members Elect New Board

Members of Parkinson’s NSW elected a new, skills-based Board of six Directors on 24 October 2018. The new appointees will serve three-year terms. Both past Directors and new candidates were eligible for the election which was managed by an independent outside service provider – the Australian Election Company. Past Directors…


Demand for services keeps growing

The annual Parkinson’s NSW Unity Walk in the Park attracted more than 1,300 walkers and volunteers across NSW on 26 August. Thanks to their combined efforts it was once again a successful fundraising event. Although the Walk is over, demand for the services of Parkinson’s NSW is ongoing and growing.…


New support group in Kiama

Kiama on the South Coast of NSW now has a Parkinson’s Support Group. It was established in April 2018 and now has 30 members comprising both people living with Parkinson’s and carers. “Some of us had been attending a Solutions for Wellbeing exercise class and the idea for a Kiama…


Parkinson’s NSW NDIS Nurse Advocate

Need help with NDIS? Call our Nurse Advocate Parkinson’s NSW now has a registered nurse devoted to advocating for people with Parkinson’s applying for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Margi Edmondson is a nurse and nurse educator with more than 35 years of experience – including five at Parkinson’s…


Your questions answered

Many questions? Call this number for answers Parkinson’s NSW’s InfoLine service provides expert support for anyone touched by Parkinson’s. When you call the InfoLine on 1800 644 189 you will be speaking to Registered Nurses experienced on the topic of Parkinson’s – not a call centre staffed by generalists. Our…


Walking the Walk

More than 1,300 people joined the 11th annual Unity Walk fundraiser on 26 August. This year the event raised more than $147,000. Over the past decade, Unity Walks have involved more than 15,000 people raising in excess of $1 million - all of which is contributed to vital research and…


My Health Record

Are you in or out of My Health Record? This year you will have a My Health Record automatically created by the Australian Government. If you don’t want a record created for you, you have until 15 November 2018 to opt out by visiting the My Health Record website or…


World Parkinsons Congress 2019

The 5th World Parkinson Congress (WPC) will take place in Kyoto, Japan from June 4 to 7 in 2019. WPC is specifically designed for people living with Parkinson’s. Past attendees said they met competent and optimistic patients and scientists, made life-long friends, and found the Congress both fun and inspiring.…


Art for Parkinson’s Workshops

Art the Parkie's Way Art for Parkinson's is an innovative art programme for people living with Parkinson's. It is designed to be a "can do"  activity for people whose abilities have been compromised by the disease. Research shows that creativity can be enhanced in people living with Parkinson's. “When I’m…


Pump for Parkinson’s raises $5000

The Coffs Harbour community strongly supported a recent fundraiser by Bailey Centre Liberty Service Station and P.K. Express to deliver a $5000 result for the Parkinson’s Support Group Nurses Fund. [caption id="attachment_3615" align="aligncenter" width="300"] From Left: Kerrie Moody (P.K. Express), Paul Amos (Bailey Centre Liberty Service Station), David Strickland (P.K.…


Unity Walk in the Park 2018

Thank you for supporting the 2018 Unity Walk in the Park… all 1,300 of you More than 1,300 people joined the 2018 Unity Walk in the Park for Parkinson’s NSW. They strolled, rolled and walked in Sydney and Wollongong – and more than half a dozen regional towns – to…


Parkinson’s and Men’s Health

Kevin and Shaun 2 men share a laugh

Receiving a Parkinson’s diagnosis affects people differently. When Parkinson’s comes into your life, you may be uncertain about what the future holds for you and your loved ones. Every hour of every day, someone in Australia is told they have Parkinson’s.  No one has to face Parkinson’s alone. Living with…


Simone’s early Parkinson’s diagnosis

­ ­ Simone was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2015, when she was only 40. The first red flag for Simone that her life was about to change was an unsettling conversation she had while working for an accounting firm, back in 2013: “One day my boss said to me, ‘What’s…


Team Lee getting ready for Unity Walk in the Park

Karen Lee is just one of the proud 6 children of Bob and Rhonda Lee. Together they have embraced Bob aged 77 and his diagnosis of Parkinson’s with the typical love, togetherness and determination of a large family. Along with Bob’s 8 grandkids, there will be a number of family…


Colin is a beacon of hope

Colin Woodcroft was a young man of only 50 years old when he found out that he had Parkinson’s. Like many others, he wasn’t expecting that diagnosis. He had no idea it was coming and for some time, it blindsided him. His only symptoms at the time were a sore…


Help us give people answers

When you’re told you or someone you love has Parkinson’s first there’s shock, then the questions. Julie takes enquiries from people with Parkinson’s and their families as one of the wonderful nurses on our InfoLine 1800 644 189.  She says it’s a privilege to help them. “We fill a gap…


Exercise Tips for Parkinson’s

We all know that for anyone with Parkinson’s, exercise is a vital part of the daily routine. But it doesn’t have to be repetitive or boring! It can be as fun and as imaginative as you allow it to be. The key is consistency, force and complexity. Firstly, let’s have…


Fundraising for my dad

Kate Marshall’s dad, Peter was diagnosed with Parkinson’s about 12 years ago. At the time he was supremely fit, an avid cyclist, runner and swimmer. Even now, Kate says he still maintains his six-pack and is still riding his bike regularly. He had also just retired from his company that…


Art For Parkinson’s

Wendy Davis began her the Art for Parkinson’s classes three years ago in the Sutherland Shire. Together with Kerry Blake, an Art Therapist, Wendy encourages anyone with Parkinson’s to join in and have a wonderful time expressing themselves through their artwork. Designed to provide a “can do” activity for people…

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