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Not alone: community faces Parkinson’s together

Mar. 13, 2015

Parkinson’s Victoria is proud to present a Recently Diagnosed seminar for people living with Parkinson’s in Shepparton on Friday 27 March.

With more than 27,000 people living with Parkinson’s in Victoria alone - many in regional areas – it is critical for people living with the condition to receive support and information.The Recently Diagnosed seminar will provide people diagnosed with Parkinson’s in the last five years, and their families, with vital information about living with the complex, progressive neurological condition.

“Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s is a life-changing experience,” says Victor McConvey, Clinical Nurse Consultant from Parkinson’s Victoria and speaker at the Recently Diagnosed seminar. Victor will provide practical tips for managing Parkinson’s, including options for treatment and medication and how to access local services.

“Individual reactions to diagnosis can be as varied as the symptoms of the condition,” says Victor. “There is no blueprint for how to deal with the changes and adjustments that come with living with a chronic health condition.”

The Recently Diagnosed seminar in Shepparton will provide a rare opportunity for people living with Parkinson’s to have their questions answered by the experts and find out what services are available to them. It is also a great way to meet others who share similar experiences, situations and challenges.

Dr Arup Bhattacharya, Consultant Physician and Geriatrician from Goulburn Valley Health joins the line-up of speakers at the seminar to give an overview of Parkinson’s, including symptoms and treatment. Breanna Wotherspoon, Health Promotion Officer for Parkinson’s Victoria will provide strategies on coming to terms with diagnosis and living well with the condition. Local community member Grant Rowe will also share his own personal journey with Parkinson’s which began more than seven years ago with his diagnosis. 

“We know that conditions like Parkinson’s can be isolating. This is especially true in regional Victoria, where access to health services and support may be more difficult,” says Victor. “No one should have to face Parkinson’s alone. That’s why seminars like these are so important for communities like Shepparton.”

For more information and to register for the event visit www.parkinsonsvic.org.au/support-for-you/events

Media enquiries

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Jess Allen on 03 9581 8700 or email Jessica.allen@parkinsons-vic.org.au

 

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