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World Parkinson's Day 2014

World Parkinson’s Day is marked on April 11 each year, the date of Dr James Parkinson’s birthday.

World Parkinson’s Day seeks to raise awareness of Parkinson’s, and improve the lives of the more than 7 million people living with the condition globally.

Parkinson’s Victoria has a number of exciting events planned to mark the occasion!

Informative Lecture: ‘Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow’

On 10 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.

If you missed out on this event, please keep your eyes on our website. Professor Morris’ lecture slides will be made available in coming days, and a filmed copy of Professor Horne’s lecture will also be posted to our website.

Thank you to guests for your attendance and helping to create such a successful event.


Paddling for Parkinson’s

21-year-olds Tyler McPhee and Sam Faulkner are paddling from Echuca to Mildura to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s.

The Parkinson’s Support Groups in the area are getting behind the boys with some great events!


Art Exhibition: Essendon Painting with Parkinson’s

When: Saturday April 12 – May 26

11am – 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday

Where: The Incinerator Gallery, 180 Holmes Road, Moonee Ponds

Titled ‘4 Seasons in 3 Scapes’, this exhibition will feature over 30 original paintings by artist from the Essendon Painting with Parkinson’s Group.

‘4 Seasons in 3 Scapes’ – images of the four seasons shown as: a landscape, a seascape and a streetscape.

The exhibition will be on display in the Keilor East and Strathmore Comunity Bank® Boadle Hall.

Entry to The Incinerator Gallery is free.




Mount Fuji—Autumn Time




7:30 Report - Tango dancing & Parkinson's

The 7:30 Report (ABC TV) recently aired an empowering story about living well with Parkinson's and how Tango dancing is being used to treat Parkinson's.

Click on the below link to view this story



Opportunities for Participation

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

Latrobe University

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







Stem Cell Tourism Research Project

Researchers at Monash University are looking for volunteers to take part in their study High hopes, high risk? A sociological study of stem cell tourism.

The project involves in-depth phone interviews with patients or carers who have travelled overseas for stem-cell treatment, and 20 with people who have considered travelling and decided not to.

Click here for the project flyer or visit the project website for more information.


Curtin University: Attitudes to seeking psychological help in Parkinson's Disease

Researchers from the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology from Curtin University in Perth are currently exploring attitudes to seeking psychological help among people with Parkinson's.

PhD student Lakkhina Troeung along with Dr Natalie Gasson and Dr Sarah Egan would like to ask for your assistance in completing a 30-minute online survey investigating factors that may or may not influence your decision to seek psychological treatment (should you ever need it). 

Any person with Parkinson's may complete the survey.  The survey is completely anonymous and no personal identification details will be collected.  While completing the survey may have no direct benefit to you, the team at Curtin University hope that you will take a little time to fill in your answers in order to help them learn a bit more about psychological problems in Parkinson's Disease and how to best help people who might have them.

For more information about the study and to access the questionnaire, please visit

Click here to find out more about these or any other opportunities to participate in Parkinson's research.



Parkinson's Victoria - 'A message from Jennifer'

One of the priorities of Parkinson's Victoria is to raise funds to help increase support services and research. In order to do this, we need to raise awareness, especially amongst those who are most able to help. We were recently very fortunate to partner with DDB Group Melbourne, a creative agency, who were kind enough to lend their expertise and resources.

The result was a direct mail campaign. We handpicked 30 recipients from selected high profile Australian businesses to receive a simple, plain package in the post with a personalised DVD inside.

On the DVD is a personal message from Jennifer, a brave woman living with Parkinson's Disease, getting ready to go out. She strains and struggles against the condition to get up and going. She then writes a name, the direct mail recipient's name, on an envelope and leaves to deliver it.

The simple task of getting ready is draining for Jennifer. Watching you're not sure why she's striving to get out of the house.

It's revealed at the end of the film that Jennifer was making her way to the recipient's front door. And the film is a plea for help - for donations.

Share your comments about this video on the Parkinson's Victoria Facebook page parkinsonsvic

Parkinson’s Victoria gratefully acknowledges the support of the following who have generously donated their time and expertise to create

“A message from Jennifer”

Creative Agency:  DDB Group/Rapp Melbourne
Production Company:  Fiction
Post Production: Iloura and Sight & Sound
Sound Mix:  Risk Sound
Music Supervision: Level Two Music
Music Track:  ‘Indian Summer’ by Jonsi & Alex c/o Universal Music Publishing Group Pty Ltd, Kobalt Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd, EMI Music Australia.

* The video featured shows the name and address of a fictitious person, Martin Wills, for illustration purposes and to protect the real recipients' privacy.


Signpost Autumn 2014 now available


Signpost is the Parkinson's Victoria quarterly magazine. It is available online and a free paper copy is sent to all Parkinson's Victoria members (click here to join Parkinson's Victoria)

Read Signpost Autumn 2014 here

Featured Resource


An exercise guide for people living with Parkinson’s

This DVD, which can be watched in the comfort and privacy of your own home, provides practical exercises and tips to address some of the mobility and physical challenges of living with Parkinson’s. The exercises, which include a brief Tai Chi program, are underpinned by expert advice from a Movement Disorder physiotherapist.  To order a copy call Parkinson's Victoria on 1800 644 189 or complete a Resource Order Form Resource Order Form


Parkinson’s Diary

The Day by Day with Parkinson’s diary is designed to provide people with Parkinson’s and their carers a ‘one-stop shop’ record book where one is able to gain up-to-date information about the disease.

To find out more or to order a copy of the 2013 diary, visit

In other news...


Parkinson's Information now available in Hindi

An Understanding Parkinson's brochure plus 4 information Help Sheets and a poster can now be downloaded free in Hindi.

Visit the language page of this website to view the Hindi resources plus information sheets in 10 other community languages.

Sign the Global Parkinson's Pledge ... and show your support for improved Parkinson's funding and support

Raise the voice of the Parkinson's community by adding your name to the Global Parkinson's Pledge. Launched at the recent World Parkinson's Congress in 2010, the Global Parkinson's Pledge seeks 1 million signatures to give a clear, strong message to governments, health agencies of the United Nations system, and patient-oriented non-governmental organizations (NGOs) throughout the world to improve resources, education and investment into Parkinson's. Visit to show your support to the Global Parkinson's Pledge The Global Parkinson's Pledge was launched at the 2010 World Parkinson Congress (WPC). The next WPC will be held in 2013 in Montreal and is the largest international gathering of the Parkinson's community, bringing together people living with Parkinson's, their families, health professionals and researchers to share the latest ideas and knowledge about Parkinson's. Learn more by watching this video - WPC 2013 video

Free Parkinson's manual for GP's

Parkinson's Disease: A General Practice Approach (2nd Edition), an excellent education resource for GP's is available FREE from the local GP Division or from Parkinson's Victoria by completing this order form GP Manual Order form and returning it to Parkinson's Victoria.

Parkinson's Victoria has moved office

In June 2011, Parkinson's Victoria moved to new, larger premises with better access to public transport and parking. Our new street address is: 8b Park Road, Cheltenham, 3192. Our mailing address is: PO BOX 2606, Cheltenham, VIC, 3192.

Please note our new phone number is: (03) 9581 8700 and Fax: (03) 9583 9952 (The Australia wide freecall number remains the same: 1800 644 189)

Curious about stem cell treatments?

There is a great new website that provides information about the benefits and risks of stem cell therapies.


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