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New Study Challenges Current Theories on Cause of Motor Symptoms

New Study Challenges Current Theories on Cause of Motor Symptoms A new study by a joint research team from the Institute for Basic Science, the Korea Institute of Science and Technology and the Asan Medical Center in South Korea may overturn existing theories on the cause of motor symptoms in…


Do you Require Aged Care Advocacy?

Do you Require Aged Care Advocacy? The Seniors Rights Service offers aged care advocacy to people using in-home and residential aged care services. If something goes wrong, Seniors Rights Service can guide you in raising your concerns with your service provider. Seniors Rights Service provides free, confidential support and advocacy…


Parkinson’s NSW Granted Vice Regal Patronage

Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC Governor of New South Wales and Mr Dennis Wilson have graciously agreed to grant Parkinson’s NSW Vice Regal Patronage. Her excellency is the 39th Governor of New South wales and began her five-year tenure in May 2019. Prior to her appointment as…


$20,000 Boost for Parkinson’s NSW

Parkinson’s NSW has received a $20,000 grant under the Boosting the Local Care Workforce Program of the Australian Government. The Government has awarded approximately $9 million to community groups and businesses across the country to help them transition to the NDIS. Parkinson’s NSW is based in North Ryde, in the…


New Directors Join Board of Parkinson’s NSW

Following a talent search by an external consultant and skills assessments by an independent panel, Parkinson’s NSW has appointed three new Board Members. This is in addition to an existing three Board Members – including two who are living with Parkinson’s and one with family experience as a carer. Janina…


Nambucca Support Group Participant Awarded OAM

John Mills – a stalwart of the Nambucca Valley Parkinson’s Support Group – has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his contributions to the local community. John had a long career as a pharmacist. Twelve years ago, he was invited to speak at the Nambucca Valley…


Additional Parkinson’s Nurse for Coffs Harbour

The role of the Parkinson’s Specialist Nurse in Coffs Harbour has been expanded to a full-time position with an additional part-time position created. Based on the findings of the Parkinson’s Specialist Nurse research conducted by Charles Sturt University, the Mid North Coast Local Health District decided to increase the position…


Australian Government Recognises Parkinson’s NSW with Grant

The Australian Government has recognised the expertise and leadership of Parkinson’s NSW by awarding it a significant grant. The purpose of the funding is to develop a program to support other organisations as they undertake the complex process of applying to become a Registered NDIS Service Provider. Parkinson’s NSW successfully…


Your privacy is Important to us

Many readers ask: “Will Parkinson’s NSW sell my contact details to marketing organisations?” The answer is no, we will not. Your privacy is important to us. Parkinson’s NSW uses your contact details for: Two-way communications with you – keeping you informed about our work and responding to your questions, comments,…


Personal Trainers Improve Parkinson’s Exercise Outcomes

All exercise is good for people living with Parkinson’s, however exercise with a Personal Trainer is even better. Working with a Personal Trainer will make you fitter, stronger and increase your lean body mass more effectively than working out in an exercise facility or club on your own. A US…


Parkinson’s NSW Support Group Network Grows

Already more than 70 Support Groups strong, the Parkinson’s NSW network is experiencing a growth spurt with more than 15 new Groups at various stages of the formal registration process. Ashfield, Tumbarumba, and Albury Young Onset have commenced in the last year, and Maitland has just been approved. Broken Hill…


Multidisciplinary Teams Improve Health Outcomes

Since Parkinson’s is a complex disease involving both motor and non-motor symptoms, there is strong research interest in the effectiveness of multidisciplinary teams in delivering Parkinson’s therapies and support. Multidisciplinary teams involve experts in various Primary and Allied Health fields working together as a team, consulting one another and above…


Seniors Festival 2020

With NSW Seniors Festival starting from 12 till 23 February we have put together some top picks for this year. There are many more activities and events across the state so be sure to search on your local council website and the NSW Seniors Festival website for what’s happening near you. “EXERCISE AND BEING INVOLVED…


A personal trainer for Parkinson’s exercise

The benefits of exercise for the general population are well recognised. They include preventing heart disease, reducing the risk of chronic illness, decreasing stress and generally boosting wellbeing. However, people living with Parkinson’s benefit far more from exercise than the average person in the street. Specific benefits for the Parkinson’s…


Handwriting and Parkinson’s

People living with Parkinson’s have difficulty in controlling movement because of chemical changes taking place in their brains. This can make fine motor skills like writing more difficult. As a result, their handwriting can look small and cramped. The medical term for this is Micrographia which literally means ‘small handwriting’. Individual…


Tips for self-care over Christmas

Self Care for the Festive Season The Festive Season is a time of joy and celebration. However, it can also be a time of stress, anxiety and difficult to cope with. Your usual routines will probably change as you host family members, mingle with neighbours, meet new people, and catch up…


New Parkinson’s nurse announced for Tweed Heads

People living with Parkinson’s disease in the Tweed region of northern NSW are set to benefit from the appointment of a Parkinson’s Specialist Nurse. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Northern NSW Local Health District and Parkinson’s NSW was signed on Tuesday,10 December in Tweed Heads. The position is being funded by…


The impact of Parkinson’s

Help for today ... hope for tomorrow Parkinson's disease impacts more than the individual. It impacts family members, carers, work colleagues, health professionals and places significant burden on Australian society as a whole. It is now estimated that there are 212,000 Australians living with Parkinson's and it is expected to…


Volunteer as a Christmas Gift Wrapper

Parkinson’s NSW are on the hunt for Christmas gift wrapping volunteers for Thursday 12 and Friday 13 December at Macquarie Shopping Centre in North Ryde. Shoppers have the opportunity to have their gifts wrap in return for a donation to Parkinson’s NSW. 3-4 hour volunteering shifts are available and no…


Consider a personal trainer for Parkinson’s exercise

The benefits of exercise for the general population are well recognised. They include preventing heart disease, reducing the risk of chronic illness, decreasing stress and generally boosting wellbeing. However, people living with Parkinson’s benefit far more from exercise than the average person in the street. Specific benefits for the Parkinson’s…


Benefits of a Home Medicines Review

What is a Home Medicines Review? Clinical Pharmacist Ben Basger has some advice for people living with Parkinson’s: request a Home Medicines Review every 12 months. “Anyone taking five medications or more should request regular reviews by a third party,” said Ben. “This involves an independent pharmacist taking an overview…


Win a car while supporting people living with Parkinson’s

  Win a car while supporting people living with Parkinson’s Parkinson’s NSW is delighted to announce that our Kiama Parkinson’s Support Group has been generously selected as a beneficiary of a raffle being hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Kiama and Gerringong. Funds raised will support the costs of the…


Getting the word out

Getting the word out in Parkinson’s Awareness Month Parkinson’s NSW and 24 Support Groups undertook 33 activities to build awareness and raise funds in April, Parkinson’s Awareness Month. This year the activities included information stands, craft stalls, quizzes, morning teas and lunches, a cocktail party and an awareness walk. Support…


Behind the scenes of Unity Walk

Unity Walk in the Park is the major annual fundraising initiative of Parkinson’s NSW to support vital research and services for people affected by Parkinson’s. Everyone is welcome as walkers and supporters – friends, family, work mates, kids, and pets – particularly dogs. It is a great opportunity to come…

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