Or visit us at 8b Park Road, Cheltenham, during office hours.
These cards can also be purchased from community card shops around the state. Click here for the list of card shops that are currently selling Parkinson's Victoria Christmas cards. Thank you to the wonderful shop volunteers who help to sell our cards each year!
You can also purchase the following from our charity partner, Charity Greeting Cards and support Parkinson’s Victoria:
We are so excited to announce that reached our fundraising goal of $150,000!
Thank you to everyone who got behind this year’s Parkinson’s Walk - either by registering to Walk and fundraising, making a donation, sponsoring someone who was walking or helping to promote the event with media interviews or simply sharing it with their local networks.
Online fundraising has now closed. If you still have donations and fundraising to send to us, please contact the fundraising team at Parkinson’s Victoria.
Funds raised from A Walk in the Park are channelled straight back into Parkinson’s Victoria to deliver a range of information and support services to the community. You can find out more here
Throughout the year, we rely on the generous support of people like you to help fund vital support services and research program to improve the lives of those living with Parkinson’s and to help fund the search for a cure. We are so grateful for your continued support.
Thanks again to all our generous corporate sponsors: Segue Financial; Bayside Medicare Local; All Health Training; Medtronic; Lundbeck; UCB; Merck Sharp and Dohme
See you at next year's Walk - Sunday 31st August 2014!
Parkinson's medication added to the PBS
Neupro, often referred to as the ‘Parkinson’s patch’ has been available in Australia as a private prescription since 2006. Just recently however, it has been listed on Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), reducing the prescription cost and thus making it more widely available to those living with Parkinson’s who may benefit from its use.
Neupro patches contain the active ingredient rotigotine, which is a type of medicine called a dopamine agonist. Rotigotine works by mimicking the activity of the brain chemical called dopamine. (Dopamine is depleted in the brains of those diagnosed with Parkinson’s).
Neupro is similar to another dopamine agonist, Pramipexole (brand names include Sifrol and Mirapex), however Neupro is delivered as a patch that is applied to the skin and slowly releases the drug over 24 hours, while the patch is being worn.
The patch would appeal to those who have difficulty swallowing pills or who need to take a large number of pills. The patch also means consistent release of the drug into the system, which can reduce the incidence of ‘wearing off’ and the return of visible Parkinson’s symptoms.
As a dopamine agonist, rotigotine has all the same precautions and side effects as other medications that fall into this class; some people may develop impulse control disorders and skin irritation can occur where the patch is applied.
Research project investigating measurement of arm and hand function in people with Parkinson’s disease
Many people with Parkinson's disease experience difficulty with hand activities. We are investigating the effectiveness of measurement tools used by physiotherapists and occupational therapists to assess arm and hand function in people with Parkinson’s disease. The results of the study will assist therapists to effectively evaluate upper limb treatments.
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.
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.
Autumn 2013 edition features articles on upcoming
education and fundraising events, new initiatives, symptom
management advice, information for carers, as
well as tips for improving health and wellbeing.
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
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.
Understanding Parkinson's brochure plus 4 information
Help Sheets and a poster can now be downloaded
free in Hindi.
page of this website to view the Hindi resources
plus information sheets in 10 other community
the Global Parkinson's Pledge ... and show your
support for improved Parkinson's funding and support
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
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
Parkinson's manual for GP'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
Manual Order form and returning it to Parkinson's
Victoria has moved office
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,
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)