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Movement Disorder Nurse project a success

Dec. 11, 2015

An evaluation of a two-year research project in the Goulburn Valley region has found a unique partnership between Parkinson’s Victoria, Goulburn Valley Health and the Shepparton Parkinson’s Peer Support Group to be a success.

The Movement Disorder Nurse (MDN) project was setup to evaluate the benefits of establishing a Movement Disorder Nurse role to support people living with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders in the local community.

“We’re pleased to report that more than 200 people living with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders have received services from the Movement Disorder Nurse during the two year project,” says Emma Collin, Parkinson’s Victoria’s Chief Executive Officer.

“The Movement Disorder Nurse has improved the confidence of people living with Parkinson’s and carers to manage their own symptoms and medications, and has helped reduce travel to metropolitan areas.”

The MDN role has also increased knowledge of 150 local health care providers through 23 education sessions. It has also improved clinical care through the introduction of advanced therapies at GV Health.

The project measured the quality of life changes for patients who accessed the MDN. Seventy-six percent of patients surveyed reported that their quality of life was maintained or improved as a result of being able to access support from the local Movement Disorder Nurse.

“Parkinson’s Victoria is proud to work alongside GV Health and the Shepparton Parkinson’s Peer Support Group to improve the lives of people living with Parkinson’s.” says Ms. Collin. “Key to the success of the MDN model is its multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach with health partners.”

“The MDN has enabled service expansion that would not otherwise be achievable. It has also provided a strong base for future advocacy initiatives and duplication in other rural health settings.”

The MDN role will continue to be funded by the GV Health Community Rehabilitation Program. 


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