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Parkinson’s Disease is a chronic, progressive, incurable, complex and disabling neurological condition. It is estimated that approximately four people per 1,000 in Australia have Parkinson’s disease, with the incidence increasing to one in 100 over the age of 60.
In Australia, there are approximately 80,000 people living with Parkinson’s. In Victoria, more than 2,225 people are newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s every year (www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au).
This forum, by the AAG together with the APA, addresses some of the many issues facing those older people living with Parkinson’s. Three different perspectives will be presented: Sze Ee Soh, is a physiotherapist who is a clinician treating people with Parkinson’s; Victor McConvey is a nurse who is involved in Parkinson’s Victoria - an organisation that supports people with PD, their carers and their families; and Anne Atkin, a person living with PD who has shared with many others her successfully creative efforts to live a fulfilled life.
Hear from Leading Experts
Sze-Ee Soh is the Stream Leader in Aged Care at Caulfield Hospital. She has a keen interest in the areas of neurology and geriatric rehabilitation and has worked extensively in these areas since graduating from Curtin University of Technology. In 2011, she completed her PhD at The University of Melbourne where she examined the health-related quality of life of Australians with Parkinson's disease. Given the paucity in the literature to guide allied health professionals in managing people with Parkinson's, she has published several seminal papers providing systematic reviews of the field, meta-analyses, clinical decision-making algorithms and path analyses.
Victor McConvey RN, MACN (Australia)
Victor has been a Nurse for 25 years and has worked in the area of Neurology for the past 18 years. Victor has worked in Clinical Management and service development positions in both Australia and the United Kingdom, including establishing the Parkinson’s Nurse Specialist position in Leeds (UK).
Victor is currently employed as the Clinical Nurse Consultant and Health Team Manager at Parkinson’s Victoria the peak support and advocacy for People living with Parkinson’s. In this role he works across the state educating health care professionals about Parkinson's and working with consumers and groups on managing symptoms and improving self management.
Current projects that Victor is involved in include developing the role and profile of the Parkinson’s Nurse Specialist in Australia and participating in the working party reviewing clinical and consumer information generated by Parkinson’s Australia. Victor is the Key contact for the Australian College of Nursing’s Movement Disorder and Parkinson’s Nurses community of interest.
Anne is a person living with Parkinson’s Disease. Anne is 63 years of age and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2005. She probably had Parkinson’s for many years before, but was misdiagnosed as suffering from fibromyalgia. As an artist, Anne set up “Painting with Parkinson’s”. She has also written a number of books on living with Parkinson’s. Anne emphasises the importance of creativity, exercise and socialisation.
Due to overwhelming Response this event is now full.
Event Date & Time: Tuesday 15th April 2014, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Registrations Open: 1st Mar 14 12:00 AM
Registrations Close: 4th Apr 14 11:59 PM
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