A Walk in the Park - Sunday 31st August
GET MOVING AT A WALK IN THE PARK – THIS SUNDAY 31 AUGUST AT 11AM
It’s time to get moving at Parkinson’s Victoria A Walk in the Park this Sunday 31 August at Federation Square.
Join over 2,500 participants for a leisurely 4km walk along the Yarra River, starting at 11am. The day will also include free entertainment, live music, fun kids’ activities, group warm-up, giveaways from our sponsors and a sausage sizzle at Fed Square from 9am until 1.30pm.
Individuals, teams and even dogs are welcome to enter to show their support and raise funds for people living with Parkinson’s. Enter online by 5pm on Wednesday 27 August and your Walk Kit will be ready for collection on the day.
Registrations will be still available at A Walk in the Park this Sunday between 8.30am – 10.45am. A higher fee will apply.
All participants are encouraged to fundraise until 30 September. Whether you achieve $25, $250 or $2,500, every valuable dollar raised will make a difference.
With already $150,000 raised, we are well on track to achieve our fundraising target of $170,000. All funds raised from A Walk in the Park will go to providing support services and funding research that will improve the quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s.
Register now at www.parkinsonswalk.com.au
It’s as easy as A Walk in the Park!
Parkinson's Victoria Recognition Awards 2014
Each year Parkinson’s Victoria recognises the significant contribution members of the community make in supporting people living with Parkinson’s and their families. Our annual awards program recognises the services of both individuals and groups for their contribution to activities, years of services and outstanding commitment to the Parkinson’s Community.
If you would like to see someone or a group acknowledged for their service to your local community or the wider Parkinson’s community, why not nominate them for one of the Parkinson’s Victoria Recognition Awards? It may be a support group leader, local business supporter, a health care professional or anyone who has shown outstanding support.
Click here for more information on the awards available
Nominations for the awards close on 15 September, 2014 and should be addressed to The Board of Parkinson’s Victoria c/o firstname.lastname@example.org or to PO Box 2606, Cheltenham, VIC 3192.
Living Well Seminar
Thursday 11 - Friday 12 September 2014
Bayview Eden Melbourne
We invite you to join us for this unique seminar: Living Well: a patient and health care professional education event which is being held in Australia for the first time, addressing the challenges for those who have been living with Parkinson’s for some time. It will take place in Melbourne over two days, and focuses on two groups:
People Living with Parkinson’s
Thursday 11 – Friday 12 September 2014
Focusing on the needs of people who have had Parkinson’s for seven years or more. You will have the opportunity to interact with experts in Parkinson’s care and be empowered with helpful information relating to treatment and lifestyle choices.
Running parallel, will be a stream for:
Health Care Professionals
Thursday 11 September 2014
For those who deliver care to people living with Parkinson’s. You will be provided with important information regarding treatment options and care challenges.
Click here to see full program and speakers
REGISTRATION FOR BOTH EVENTS - NOW OPEN
Health Care Professionals
Click here to register: http://www.trybooking.com/FEAT
See flyer attached: Living Well Registration Flyer HCP
People Living with Parkinson’s and their carers
Click here to register:http://www.trybooking.com/FEBQ
See flyer attached: Living Well registration flyer PLWP
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
Survey on rural consumers and parking at Melbourne's public hospitals
Rural patients who drive to attend one or more of Melbourne's public hospitals
The Chronic Illness Alliance is conducting surveys on the costs of parking to attend Melbourne's public hospitals.
So far results show that parking costs are just one of the costs that make attending a hospital appointment, or visiting someone in hospital very expensive. In some cases though, the cost of parking, even at concessional rates is 'the straw that breaks the camel's back'.
This survey seeks to better understand how these costs and any reimbursements impact on the lives of rural people with chronic illnesses and their families.
Click here to complete the survey
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