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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…


Parkinson’s NSW Education Seminars

At Parkinson’s NSW we are committed to keeping you up to date with the latest advances in treatments and programs to support people living with Parkinson's.  And to do this, we regularly hold Education Seminars throughout NSW. Our guest speakers may include Neurologists, Exercise Physiologists, Parkinson’s Nurses, Speech Therapists, Counselors, Occupational…


World Parkinson’s Day 2018

  World Parkinson’s Day was on Wednesday April 11th 2018. It was an amazing opportunity to raise awareness and have fun for not only our support groups, but for the community in general. The Parkinson’s support groups across NSW were out in force celebrating the day with picnics, cake stalls,…


Celebrating World Parkinson’s Day at Government House

This year, Parkinson’s NSW celebrated World Parkinson’s Day with our Patron, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) and Mrs. Hurley at Government House. Over 100 guests attended this auspicious event including support group leaders, esteemed supporters of Parkinson’s NSW, politicians including the Honourable Paul Toole, Member…


Parkinson’s patients in the Illawarra better informed

Experts concerned Parkinson’s patients may be missing out on support in the Illawarra A meeting of Parkinson’s advocates and experts hosted by The Hon. Sharon Bird MP, Federal Member for Cunningham, was held at Wollongong Town Hall on 22nd February to celebrate the launch of a new education campaign called Act on…


Pink Ladies donate equipment

The Pink Auxiliary at Coffs Harbour Health Campus have raised $3500 for much needed equipment for people with Parkinson’s disease on the Coffs Coast. The equipment donated includes: 2 U-step walkers with laser pointers. These walkers are designed for people with Parkinson’s disease, to help minimize gait freezing episodes by…


Parkinson’s NSW Supports Neil Diamond

Legendary singer, songwriter and performer, Neil Diamond’s recent announcement of his retirement from touring due to his recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease has come a shock to many. [caption id="attachment_3166" align="alignnone" width="300"] Image courtesy of Getty[/caption] According to his press release, the disease has made it difficult for Mr. Diamond…


Finalist in 2017 NSW Health Awards

In October 2017, Parkinson's NSW Nurse Vincent Carroll along with colleagues from the Mid North Coast Local Health District  and the Parkinson's NSW Support Group, were recognised for a joint project in the Category 'Patient Safety First' The NSW Health Awards recognise innovation and excellence in the delivery of health programs…


Parkinson’s NSW education seminar in Bega

[caption id="attachment_2910" align="alignnone" width="300"] Dr Paul Clouston, Kirsten Robertson-Gillam, Clarra McKinnell and Bob McDonald[/caption] Article published in Bega Weekly News  - Alasdair McDonald  8 Aug 2017, 4:49 p.m. The Bega Valley Parkinson’s Group’s monthly get together on Monday August 7, 2017 brought together sufferers of the degenerative disorder with experts…


Simon Lewis Parkinson’s Talk with Sydney Inner West Rotary

You are invited to join Sydney Inner West Rotary on Monday 10th April at  6:00pm for a 6.30pm start. MEET Professor Simon Lewis, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University Sydney and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. HEAR about the Latest Research on the Brain, Cognition and Movement. Darbar Restaurant, 134 Glebe Point Road,…


Psychological treatment of anxiety and depression in patients with Parkinson’s disease: A pilot study

Macquarie University are looking for participants for a pilot study. If you are interested please call (02) 9850 8034 or email Viviana.Wuthrich@mq.edu.au further information below. RECRUITMENT for Macquarie Univeristy: We seek patients with Parkinson’s disease, over the age of 50 years, who are experiencing symptoms of low mood and anxiety (or worry)…


Parkinson’s NSW member awarded Australia Day honour

8th February, 2017 Media release For immediate release Parkinson’s NSW member awarded Australia Day honour   Parkinson’s NSW are delighted to announce that long standing member and person with Parkinson’s, Mr. Adrian Unger has been awarded the Medal of The Order of Australia (OAM) for services to people with Parkinson’s…


New research uncovers potential to delay Parkinson’s disease progression

  25th January, 2017 Media release Embargoed until 6am, 26th January 2017 (AEDT)   New research uncovers potential to delay Parkinson’s disease progression Research published today in international scientific journal PLOS ONE has revealed that the activin A molecule may hold the answer to slowing the progression of Parkinson’s disease.…


Changes to Drivers Licensing

While many factors contribute to safety on the road, driver health and fitness to drive is an important consideration. Drivers must meet certain medical standards to ensure their health status does not unduly increase their crash risk. Assessing Fitness to Drive, a joint publication of Austroads and the National Transport…


Parkinson’s Symposium in the Northern Rivers Sept 2016

"MoveIt4Parkinsons' held a symposium in the Northern Rivers on the 17th September 2016 which was aimed at local GP's and Allied Health Care Workers to bring more understanding and awareness of Parkinson's. The seminar aimed to: Identify the complexity of presentations of Parkinson's Disease in general practice Understand the value of utilising…


CAUSE ADVERTISING. PART 4. WHEN SHOCK WORKS. INTERVIEW WITH J.WALTER THOMPSON SYDNEY AND PARKINSON’S NSW

Most medical causes are asking for the same thing, money to find better treatments or cures. Many causes use the same tactic, shock, to get the money they need. Nearly all causes have the same problem, tiny budgets to do the job. But look at how JWT used the three…


World Record attempt to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease

On Friday September 18, Parkinson’s NSW will attempt a Guinness World Record to hold the World’s Largest Core Fitness Class to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease. The attempt will take place in Sydney’s Martin Place between 12.30pm and 1pm. To achieve the record, over 300 people (the current record is…

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