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New Parkinson’s Nurse in Tweed Byron network

23 February 2021 New Parkinson’s Specialist Nurse joins Tweed Byron Network [caption id="attachment_6563" align="alignnone" width="500"] Newly appointed Parkinson’s Specialist Nurse, Rebecca Manners (centre) with (from left), The Tweed Hospital General Manager Joe McDonald, Vice President of the Parkinson’s NSW Board David Veness, Member for Tweed Geoff Provest, Norm Sander and…


Chinese New Year 2021

Lunar New Year 2021 - Year of the Ox Lunar New Year - also known as Chinese New Year - starts on Friday February 12, 2021. Chinese New Year marks the transition between zodiac signs: 2021 is the year of the Ox; 2020 was the year of the Rat. The…


Parkinson’s nurses in action – Geraldine

Parkinson’s Specialist Nurses in action Parkinson’s Specialist Nurses are highly trained and experienced nurses based in communities of need. They are dedicated to supporting local people living with Parkinson’s. These Nurses are funded 50/50 by Parkinson’s NSW and the Local Health District in which they are based. This series of…


Seeking support

Reasons to seek support Many of us already have levels of anxiety and stress resulting from our everyday life or illness – and now we are living with the additional pressure of COVID-19 restrictions. Sadly, there remains stigma around mental health issues and seeking support from counsellors and psychologists. Many…


Parkinson’s research partnership

Partnership with Neuroscience Research Australia results in Parkinson’s research In July 2017 Parkinson’s Specialist Nurse Vince Carroll spent four weeks at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) on a research placement program. Vince’s is based in the Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD) and his position is 50/50 co-funded by the LHD…


Men and Parkinson’s

Manning up to male Parkinson’s health Men often don’t like discussing anything health related.  Subsequently, serious health concerns and potential resources and places to go for assistance are not easily shared among male friends. In Australia, men on average live five years less than women for a variety of reasons…


Meet the staff – Naomi Dodd NDIS Support Coordinator

MEET OUR STAFF Naomi Dodd - NDIS Support Coordinator Naomi Dodd joined Parkinson’s NSW as NDIS Support Coordinator in mid-January 2021. Naomi brings to the role more than a decade of experience in aged care, disability support, case management and support coordination. She is Australian born but has worked in these…


10 points to ponder!

10 POINTS TO PONDER... The dumbest thing I ever bought was a 2020 planner. 2019: Stay away from negative people. 2020: Stay away from positive people. The world has turned upside down. Old folks are sneaking out of the house & their kids are yelling at them to stay indoors!…


My [Parkinson’s] Life – Steve Schiemer

My [Parkinson’s] Life Having Parkinson’s is just one aspect of a person’s life story. We want to share more stories of the varied lives of people currently living with Parkinson’s.  Steve Schiemer Steve Schiemer’s life journey has taken him from Coolah NSW (population 900) to a university degree in Business,…


Posture exercises

Quick Daily Exercises for Parkinson’s Specific Symptoms Posture exercises With Parkinson’s comes poor posture.  The shoulders slump, the chin sticks out and the elbows and knees tend to bend slightly.   This makes the following more difficult to do. Deep breathing Swallowing Speaking clearly and loudly Moving, balancing and walking. You…


Parkinson’s nurses in action – Trevor

Parkinson’s Specialist Nurses in action Parkinson’s Specialist Nurses are highly trained and experienced nurses based in communities of need. They are dedicated to supporting local people living with Parkinson’s. These Nurses are funded 50/50 by Parkinson’s NSW and the Local Health District in which they are based. This series of…


Carers NSW webinars and workshops

Carers NSW education webinars and workshops in 2021 Carers NSW offers a number of free workshops and training for carers,  carer support group, service providers and anyone providing support to a carer. The education and training calendar is updated each month to help you plan ahead for any topics of…


Gut health and development of Parkinson’s

Gut Health and the Influence of gut microbes in Parkinson’s Approximately 65 percent of Parkinson’s patients experience impaired gut function, also referred to as gastrointestinal dysfunction. Common non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s-related gastrointestinal dysfunction include drooling, difficulty swallowing, nausea, vomiting, bloating and constipation. These manifestations of impaired gut function can affect…


Parkinson’s and depression

Parkinson’s and depression By Dr Nichola Davies It’s well-documented that people who have been diagnosed with a chronic illness such as Parkinson’s are at higher risk of developing depression as well. Indeed, it’s estimated that 50 percent of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s will experience depression. The following scenario is a common…


Parkinson’s nurses in action – Tony and Jenny

Parkinson’s Specialist Nurses in action Parkinson’s Specialist Nurses are highly trained and experienced nurses based in communities of need. They are dedicated to supporting local people living with Parkinson’s. These Nurses are funded 50/50 by Parkinson’s NSW and the Local Health District in which they are based. This series of…


Zoom is here to stay

Zoom is here to stay! 2020 saw many great challenges for people. It also meant changing how we do things to keep in touch with each other. Many people embraced digital technology to connect with loved ones and to be able to work from home via Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams,…


Why should we fundraise?

Why should we fundraise for Parkinson’s NSW? It is not a requirement for Support Groups to fundraise for Parkinson’s NSW – however it is greatly appreciated if you choose to do so. More than 90 percent of the funding for development and delivery of essential services by Parkinson’s NSW comes…


New years exercise resolutions

your NEW YEAR Exercise RESOLUTION It's that time of year to focus on your New Year's resolution.  Hopefully, increasing your exercise is one of them.   Many people start an exercise routine but before Easter the enthusiasm has fizzled out. However, you can improve your chances for long-term success by following…


My [Parkinson’s] Life – Massud Chopan

My [Parkinson’s] Life Having Parkinson’s is just one aspect of a person’s life story. We want to share more stories of the varied lives of people currently living with Parkinson’s.  Massud Chopan Massud Chopan, 37, was a sports fanatic at school and worked for his dad during the school holidays…


Flexibility exercises part 2

Flexibility and stretching exercises - part 2 Due to increasing rigidity or stiffness, individuals living with Parkinson's will benefit from frequent stretching and flexibility exercises. Stretching activities assist in keeping a good range of movement. These types of exercises require you to hold the position and relax. Allow the muscle to gently stretch…


Nurses in action – Paul Grant

Parkinson’s Specialist Nurses in action Parkinson’s Specialist Nurses are highly trained and experienced nurses based in communities of need. They are dedicated to supporting local people living with Parkinson’s. These Nurses are funded 50/50 by Parkinson’s NSW and the Local Health District in which they are based. This series of…


Women with Parkinson’s

“Finding information about being a woman with Parkinson’s was challenging” By Kathleen Reardon I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2002. I’d noticed something not quite right at the age of 49 but it took over two years of disagreements about what was wrong with me. Doctors disagreed, mainly because I…


Travelling with Parkinson’s

Travelling with Parkinson’s It’s the time of year for holidays, family gatherings and travel for people with Parkinson’s. Most travel-related issues can be avoided with a little planning. Here’s a few tips. When researching your trip online use the accessibility search option Web sites like Trivago and TripAdvisor allow you…


Must our Support Group fundraise?

Must our Support Group fundraise? No. It is not compulsory for your Support Group to fundraise for Parkinson’s NSW. However, your support in all forms is appreciated. That may include raising awareness of Parkinson’s and the Support Group in your community. For example, by reaching out to local: Media Clinics and…

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