Archive for the ‘Media Center’ Category:

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A Parkinson’s ‘miracle’ for Strop

Newspaper article about TV personality John Cornell’s recent DBS surgery.

Goodbye CAAS… Hello CAPS!

From 1 July 2010, the federal Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS) will replace the existing Continence Aids Assistance Scheme (CAAS). Under the new scheme, eligible clients will receive an annual cash payment of up to $489.95 (plus indexation) instead of actual goods.

SINEMET CR Unavailable

Merck Sharp & Dohme (manufacturer of Sinemet CR) have advised all medical specialists and GPs that Sinemet CR is now OUT OF STOCK due to manufacturing difficulties. This situation will continue into 2011

* Please note that other types of Sinemet are not affected (only Sinemet CR).

People affected should see their specialist or GP for further advice.

Radio 2GB Interview

“Parkinson’s Disease – What you need to know”. Andrew Moore talks to Dr Simon Lewis, Neurologist and Director of the Parkinson’s Disease Research Clinic.

Medical Energy Rebate

From 1 January 2010, the NSW Government has introduced a Medical Energy Rebate for eligible customers who have an inability to self-regulate body temperature when exposed to extremes (hot or cold) of environmental temperatures. It may be associated with certain medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

DASH (Depression-Anxiety-Sleep-Hallucinations)


Parkinsons was recently in the news on the TEN Television network. For those that
missed the stories, click links to view them.

  1. Parkinson’s InfoLine
  2. Help for Parkinson’s Sufferers

*NB: Both stories are preceeded by 15sec and 30sec adverts respectively. (Patience required)

Molecule offers hope for Parkinson’s treatment

Australian scientists have identified a molecule which controls inflammation in the brain, offering hope of a future treatment for conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease.

New strength STALEVO

From 1st December 2008, a new strength of Stalevo 200/50/200 mg (levodopa 200 mg / carbidopa 50 mg / entacapone 200 mg) is available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) providing physicians with more dosing options and flexibility for their patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) who experience end-of-dose motor fluctuations.

My Father, my Brother, and Me

The story of journalist Dave Iverson’s personal journey to understand the disease that has taken such a toll on his family… Recently aired on the American PBS network, this program can be viewed online via the PBS website.

Parkinson’s NSW Website – Outstanding Achievement Award

“We are happy to announce that the Parkinsons NSW Website entered into the IMA competition, (entered September 22, 2008 under the category ‘Charity’), has won the IMA Outstanding Achievement  Award with an overall score of 464.

The Outstanding Achievement award is the second highest honor bestowed by IMA and an extremely challenging award to win. Your website has excelled in all areas of our judging criteria and represents a very high standard of planning, execution and overall professionalism”

Congratulations to Protein One and the PNSW people that made it happen!!

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION about Cabaser – (Issued 13th September 2008)

Pfizer Australia has informed us about important safety changes to Cabaser® (cabergoline) in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and the availability of one of the strengths.

These changes will come into effect on 1st November 2008.

Parkinson’s find under Scientists’ Noses – (ABC TV story, aired Monday 16th June, 2008)

Australian scientists have made a major breakthrough in research into Parkinson’s disease. They discovered that stem cells taken from inside a patients nose can produce a chemical that’s missing in people with Parkinson’s.