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Ask the expert

Jan. 20, 2021

Ask the Experts gives you access to health professionals who specialise in Parkinson's. Hear from experts on a variety of topics relating to symptoms, treatments and breakthroughs associated with Parkinson's Disease.

Attendence is FREE and will be online via Zoom. Register below. For all of our other events click here

Each webinar will be facilitated by Parkinson’s Victoria and a specialise health professional 

  • Wednesday 3 March – Exercise as Treatment 5.30pm. Register Now >​ 
  • Monday 15 March– Latest Advances in Deep Brain Stimulation 5.30 pm. Register Now>
  • Tuesday 30 March  – Scientific Advances in Treatments of Parkinson's 5.30pm. Register Now>
  • Tuesday 20 April – Your Mind Matters - Cognition and Parkinson's 5.30pm. Register Now >
  • Monday 3 May - Your Mind Matters - Depression and Anxiety in Parkinson's 5.30pm. Register Now>
  • Wednesday 16 June - Your Mind Matters - Hallucinations and Neuro-Psychiatric Fluctuations 5.30pm. Register now>

Exercise as treatment

Wednesday 3 March 2021

Considering exercise as a treatment is a new thought - join Professor Meg Morris to discuss the evidence supporting exercise as a treatment, and most importantly how you can start. 


Professor Meg Morris, PhD is a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists and an expert in exercises, physical activities, falls prevention and dance for people living with Parkinson’s Disease and other chronic neurological conditions. Co-partnering with Parkinson’s Victoria, she is leading the pivot to online dance and exercise for PD. Her research partnerships extend to the USA, Uk, Ireland, Italy and Singapore. 

Latest Advances in Deep Brain Stimulation

Monday 15 March 2021

Deep Brain Stimulation, a widely used treatment for Parkinson’s, is constantly improving and becoming more sophisticated. This session will provide information on the latest developments in DBS.

Don’t miss your opportunity to hear from Dr. Derrick Soh, as he provides an overview of potential ‘game-changing’ discoveries and how the global pandemic has and may impact Parkinson’s.

Dr Derrick Soh is a highly qualified Australian neurologist with a special interest in Movement Disorders, Neurophysiology and Headache. Dr Soh has recently returned from a two year Fellowship at the prestigious Morton and Gloria Shulman Movement Disorders Centre and the Edmond J. Safra Program in Parkinson’s Disease at Toronto, Canada.

Dr Soh received his medical degree from Southampton University, United Kingdom and completed his specialist training at St George Hospital and Liverpool Hospital in Sydney. He completed a Fellowship in neurophysiology at St George Hospital before being admitted as a Fellow of the Australasian College of Physicians in 2016. He undertook further training in Toronto and most recently worked as a Staff Specialist Neurologist at Wollongong Hospital.

Dr Soh has published numerous scientific papers in high-quality peer-reviewed medical journals and has given presentations (including posters) at a local, national and international level. He has won the Dr George Wilson Memorial Prize in 2014. He is also an invited Reviewer for the Journal of the Neurological Sciences, The Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences and Journal of Neurology.

Dr Soh has a keen interest in education and has been appointed as an Associate Lecturer of the University of New South Wales and Senior Clinical Lecturer (honorary) of University of Wollongong. Currently working at the Alfred Hospital. 

He is currently a member of the American Academy of Neurology, International Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Society, International Headache Society, Australia New Zealand Headache Society and Movement Disorder Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Scientific Advances in Treatments of Parkinson's

Tuesday 30 March 2021

Research into new and improved treatments for Parkinson’s is extensive and global, this session will bring you the latest information and a glimpse into future treatments.

In this one hour session, we’ll learn more about the latest advancements in treating Parkinson’s from Dr Katya Kotschet, who will provide an overview of key medical treatments available in Australia.

Dr Kotschet will also discuss recent and future advancements in medical treatments.

Dr Katya Kotschet is a Movement Disorders neurologist at St Vincent's Health and Calvary Health Care Bethlehem, with special interests in managing PD, dystonia and Huntington's disease, and with research areas including use of the PKG to measure clinical features of Parkinson's disease.

Your Mind Matters - Cognition and Parkinson's

Tuesday 20 April 2021

Worried about your mind and thinking? This session will discuss common thinking changes in Parkinson’s and provide practical and useful ways of managing them.

Don’t miss your opportunity to hear from Dr. Luke Smith, who will provide an overview of common cognitive changes experienced in Parkinson’s.

He will look at how these changes can be assessed and what types of strategies can help.

Dr Luke Smith is a qualified clinical neuropsychologist who consults privately across Victoria and Tasmania. He is also employed as a mindfulness tutor at Monash University and has a passion for education and skills training. Previous to gaining qualification as a neuropsychologist, Dr Smith worked as a behaviour management consultant and counsellor for Dementia Australia both in Victoria and South Australia. He has a particular research and clinical interest in neurodegenerative diseases, particularly those associated with movement disorders and younger people.

Your Mind Matters - Depression and Anxiety in Parkinson's

Monday, 3 May 2021

Experiencing depression and anxiety challenges are common in people living with Parkinson's.

In this one hour session, we’ll learn more about depression and anxiety in Parkinson’s with special guest, Dr Louise Cooper.

She will provide an overview of how these symptoms manifest and discuss strategies to help manage them.

Louise is an experienced presenter, facilitator, counsellor and supervisor. She establishes collaborative working relationships with clients, engendering mutual respect and a celebration of individuality. She believes that each individual necessarily needs to be encouraged to take responsibility for change in their lives and endeavours to foster a nurturing and supportive environment where challenges can be approached in safety.

Louise hopes to assist individual clients in gaining meaning from the past, an ability to live in the present, and hope for the future.

When working with groups, Louise draws from her experience as an actor and broadcaster to skillfully engage people in stories and metaphor that facilitate learning.

Louise is a former co-ordinator of group programs at the Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria (ARCVic) and practitioner at Drummond Street Services Queerspace. She is an AHPRA registered supervisor, an internationally accredited supervisor in Emotion Focused Therapy, and on the Executive Team of the Australian Institute of Emotion Focused Therapy.

Your Mind Matters - Hallucinations and Neuro-Psychiatric Fluctuations

Wednesday, 16 Jun 2021

This one hour session will feature Prof Mal Hopwood, discussing the psychological symptoms experienced in people living with Parkinson's and ways we are able to manage them.

Malcolm is currently the Ramsay Health Care Professor of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne; based at the Albert Road Clinic. At the Albert Road Clinic he provides inpatient care within the Professorial Psychiatry Unit as well as outpatient consultations focused on second psychiatric opinions. 

Malcolm has a long track record of involvement in psychiatric research. His research areas of interest include clinical aspects of mood and anxiety disorders, psychopharmacology and psychiatric aspects of acquired brain injury. He also leads the undergraduate and registrar training schemes at the Albert Road Clinic.
Malcolm was President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists from 2015 to 2017. He is now President of the Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations and in 2017 was made an Honorary Member of the World Psychiatric Association.


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