Order Christmas Cards and Gifts from our 2014 Christmas Catalogue
Your support will make a difference to the lives of people living with Parkinson's in Victoria this festive season.
Our Christmas gifts are always popular, so please order by Friday 12th December to avoid disappointment.
For our Christmas Catalogue download the flyer.
To order, download the form.
To order, call Parkinson's Victoria on 03 9581 8700, or print the order form and post to us.
Christmas Catalogue Christmas Order Form
Congratulations to Fred Van Ross - 2014 winner of the Sir Zelman Cowen Award.
This award is the highest honour available from Parkinson’s Victoria and is presented annually to an individual in recognition of their outstanding service to Parkinson’s Victoria and services to people living with Parkinson’s.
Fred has immersed himself in the Parkinson’s community since his diagnosis in 2003. He served as a Parkinson’s Victoria Board member for nine years and is the President of the Essendon Peer Support Group, a position he has held for the past eleven years. He has attended health conferences and seminars to increase his knowledge about Parkinson’s and assist others. As a media spokesperson and Parkinson’s Ambassador, he shares his knowledge and personal experience of living with Parkinson’s freely to increase awareness of the condition within the general community. He is an active fundraiser and regular participant in Parkinson’s Victoria’s major community awareness event, A Walk in the Park.
We also congratulate other award winners:
Honorary Life Membership:
Mary Jones, RN MACN
10 Year Certificate of Service:
Edith Weaver, Essendon Support Group
Gwenda Husson, Moe Support Group
5 Year Certificate of Service:
Margaret & Max Dowie, Essendon Support Group
Graham & Heather Harper, Essendon Support Group
Anne Mooney, PSP Support Groups
Louise & Paul Zajac, Geelong Support Group & Volunteer
Ann Madhavan, Warragul Support Group
Certificate of Appreciation/Community Service Award:
Julie Sewell, Community fundraiser
Geoff Pearson, Ambassador & former Board member
Peter Raymond, Ambassador & former President
Sam Faulkner & Tyler McPhee, Paddle for Parkinson's -Community fundraisers
Elise Cummings, Albury Wodonga Health
Brainlink Parkinson's Carer Education Session
Thursday 27th November 2014
10am - 12pm
Training Room, The Nerve Centre, Ground Floor, 54 Railway Road, Blackburn 3130
(parking available on site)
Please join BrainLink for an informative session with Victor McConvey, Parkinson’s Victoria Clinical Nurse Consultant, who will answer your Carer-specific questions.
Please contact Karen or Chris at BrainLink for further information or to book your place:
Phone: (03) 9845 2956 / 9845 2960
Brainlink Education Day
THANKS FOR BEING A PART OF THE BIGGEST EVER
A WALK IN THE PARK
Parkinson’s Victoria sincerely thanks you for making A Walk in the Park 2014 such a successful event for the Parkinson’s community.
Over 3,200 participants travelled from across Victoria and gathered at Federation Square to walk under glorious spring skies to support and celebrate those living with Parkinson’s as well as remember and honour loved ones.
The sea of white T-shirts and purple balloons travelling from Fed Square along the banks of the Yarra River was a very special sight and contributed to generating awareness for Parkinson’s within the wider community.
We are grateful for your outstanding fundraising efforts as individuals and teams. To date, you have helped raise over $225,000, the highest ever for A Walk in the Park. Parkinson’s Victoria is committed to reinvesting these funds into providing additional services to support people living with Parkinson’s and increasing its investment in research to help find a cure.
Online fundraising for A Walk in the Park 2014 has now closed. Please contact the Parkinson's Victoria office on (03) 9581 8700 should you wish to make a donation.
Now’s the time to pencil in your diary next year’s Walk – Sunday 30 August 2015!
Thank you once again for participating in the biggest ever A Walk in the Park 2014.
World Parkinson's Day 2014
Informative Lecture: ‘Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow’
On Thursday 10th April 2014 Parkinson’s Victoria and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health hosted a public lecture to celebrate World Parkinson’s Day 2014. It proved to be a successful evening with excellent attendance and two highly informative lectures delivered by Professor Meg E. Morris and Professor Malcolm Horne.
Professor Morris’ slides can be found here Help for Today
A recording of Professor Horne’s lecture can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnuWfsjacuc&feature=youtu.be
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of this event.
Dance for Parkinson's
In January 2014 the 7:30 Report (ABC TV) recently aired an empowering story about living well with Parkinson's and how Tango dancing can improve social, mental, and physical outcomes.
Click on the following link to view this story http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2013/s3931165.htm
Dance for Parkinson’s
Suitable for people at any stage of the condition, Dance for Parkinson’s is a creative movement class modelled after the Dance for PD® program developed in the US.
Dance for PD classes have moved from Hawthorn East to a new location in Camberwell. Contact Parkinson’s Victoria on 1800 644 189 for more details.
Opportunities for Participation
Do you provide care for a family member or friend with Parkinson’s?
If YES, please consider volunteering to participate in a research study conducted by Monash University!
Monash are seeking participants who are able to read and understand English in order to take part in a survey and/or face-to-face interview.
They hope to understand your experiences as a carer, including how caring impacts on your quality of life.
* Participants will be asked to complete a survey (approx. 30 minutes)
* Participants will be asked if they would also like to participate in an optional interview (60-90 minutes)
* Your participation is fully VOLUNTARY
* You can complete the survey and interview at a convenient time and location of your choosing
To participate or to inquire about the study, please contact Narelle Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also access the survey online at:http://tinyurl.com/lejjm9a
Survey of Physical Activity in People with Parkinson's disease
This study will survey people with Parkinson’s disease to understand how active they are, and what factors might influence their activity levels. This knowledge is needed so that health professionals can provide better advice and design better activity and exercise programs that suit the unique needs of people with Parkinson’s.
The project is led by a team at the Physiotherapy Department at the University of Melbourne. This study was approved by the University Ethics Committee.
To participate, you need to complete a survey about how active you are, what activities you do, and your thoughts about being active. Your responses to the survey will be anonymous.
For further details, download the survey flyer
To complete the survey
To complete the survey online click here: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1531915/
(Please note: you need to have access to an email account to complete the survey online)
If you would prefer to complete the survey on paper or by telephone, or to request more information, contact Dr Jenny McGinley at University of Melbourne on 03 8344 4118 or email at email@example.com
Volunteer opportunity – People with Parkinson’s
Deakin University (Burwood)
A number of study units in the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology need volunteers with chronic disease or injury to undergo a clinical exercise assessment and exercise program. Consults will involve student clinicians under the supervision of qualified staff.
For further details download the flyer here, or contact the Clinical Exercise Learning Centre (CELC), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences on 9244 5442 to express your interest.
Volunteer opportunity – Family members
The Centre for Health Communication and Participation at La Trobe University is seeking participants for a research project investigating the role of family members in protecting adult patients from medical errors and adverse events during hospitalisation.
Eligible family members will be asked to participate in a 60-minute interview with a researcher in person or via telephone/Skype – whichever is convenient for the participant. During the interview, participants will be asked about their role during their relative’s recent hospitalisation, any concerns they had about the hospital care, and how these concerns were managed.
For further details download the flyer here, or contact the researcher Bronwen Merner on 03 9479 5327 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org