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Parkinson’s Nurses in Action – Peter and Lenore

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…


Meet our Staff – Rebecca

Meet our Staff Member Rebecca Manners, Parkinson’s Specialist Nurse   Rebecca Manners joined Parkinson’s NSW as a Parkinson’s Specialist Nurse late last year. She is based in Ballina and supports the Tweed, Byron, and Ballina communities of the Northern New South Wales Local Health District (LHD). Her position in Ballina…


Diet and Parkinson’s

Mediterranean diet could delay Parkinson's disease onset Eating a Mediterranean diet is linked to later onset of Parkinson’s, a study by researchers at the University of British Columbia, Canada, has found. According to the research, following a Mediterranean-style diet could delay Parkinson’s disease by up to 17.4 years for women, and…


My [Parkinson’s] Life – Michael Buckley

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. Michael Buckley Michael Buckley was born in New Zealand 65 years ago, but by six months of age he and…


World Parkinson’s Day 2021

World Parkinson’s Day coming up in April 11 April will be World Parkinson’s Day – part of World Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Throughout the month there will be events taking place across Australia and the globe to raise community awareness of Parkinson’s and the challenges of people living with this disease,…


Why you need more vitamin B3 in your diet

Why you need more vitamin B3 in your diet Vitamin B3, or niacin, is one of the vitamins needed for human life. While it is necessary for everyone, it may have added value for people with inherited Parkinson’s. In a recent research study from the University of Leicester, scientists examined…


Meet the staff – Gary Cowlishaw

MEET OUR STAFF Gary Cowlishaw - Donor Development Manager   More than 90 percent of Parkinson’s NSW income comes from the generosity of individuals through donations and gifts left in their wills. Without the help of generous givers, we would not be able to deliver essential services to the NSW…


Skin Swab Test Could Help Diagnose Parkinson’s

Source - The Independent.co.uk Scientists are edging closer to developing a “game-changing” test that could reduce the time it takes to diagnose Parkinson’s. A new approach could accelerate the diagnosis of Parkinson's, which develops gradually and can take years to present itself, by using simple skin swab. A study from…


My [Parkinson’s] Life – Helen Tan

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. Helen Tan Caregiver for husband, Arthur Tan Helen and Arthur Tan met and married in Sydney over four decades years…


Meet the staff – Emma Hawkins

MEET OUR STAFF Emma Hawkins - NDIS Support Coordinator Emma Hawkins joined Parkinson’s NSW as a part-time Support Coordinator early in November last year. She was already familiar with us, having worked at Parkinson’s NSW for some months in the professional placement program that is part of her final year…


Medication safety for Parkinson’s patients

Improving medication safety for Parkinson’s patients Michael Ortiz has Parkinson’s. Like many with this disease, he’s been hospitalised on many occasions for conditions other than Parkinson’s. On too many of those occasions, according to Michael, the medication levodopa –   vital to help him with his Parkinson’s symptoms – wasn’t administered on…


The Parkinson’s NSW InfoLine

Parkinson’s NSW InfoLine is more than a number 1800 644 189 is more than the number of the Parkinson’s NSW InfoLine; it’s your gateway to a range of services facilitated by a team of Parkinson’s Registered Nurses. [caption id="attachment_6584" align="alignnone" width="500"] The faces of the InfoLine Nurses, Julie and Cathy…


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!…


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…


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…


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…


Parkinson’s Australia restructuring

Parkinson’s Australia restructuring The Board of Parkinsons Australia decided to restructure the organisation at its latest Annual General Meeting. The President and CEO have left their positions. The newly elected President and Board Members have embarked on a six-month consultation with senior staff of State Parkinson’s bodies. The objective is…


Parkinson’s nurses in action – Nicole

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…

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