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WPC 2019 – will we see you there?

Oct. 23, 2018

Keen to learn more about Parkinson’s from world leaders? Or maybe you want to meet others from around the world living with Parkinson’s?

Kyoto, Japan will host the 5th triennial World Parkinson Congress (WPC) in June 2019, providing the best ever opportunity for Victorians to be part of this unique event that welcomes everyone touched by Parkinson’s.

We are proud to have two of our community named as WPC 2019 Ambassadors. As previous attendees of the Congress, Karyn Spilberg and Mike Atkinson will join 14 Ambassadors from 13 countries, to share their experiences and encourage others to attend.

As well as meeting people from around the world, WPC provides a unique opportunity for people living with Parkinson’s to interact with and influence those involved in treatment and research - and for clinicians and scientists to gain insights from the perspective of people living with the condition.

The Congress program has been announced with a wide range of information sessions, workshops and roundtables featuring world-renowned medical professionals and researchers.

Registration is open with early bird reduced rates available until 27 February 2019, including an ‘accompanying person’ rate which allows access to the Welcome Reception, Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Travel grants open until 7 December 2018

The WPC offers a limited number of travel grants to people living with Parkinson’s to help cover the costs of attending the event. Applications are open until 7 December and cover some or all of the following:

  • Lodging expenses for 3-5 nights stay at a hotel
  • Registration fees
  • additional costs based on need.

In order to help as many people as possible attend WPC 2019, the grant usually provides money to help cover costs. Applicants should show how they are also working to raise their own money to attend.

Applicants who have submitted a Living with Parkinson’s abstract for a poster display also have a higher chance of receiving support.

Abstracts can cover a range of themes, including public education/awareness, advocacy, living well with Parkinson’s and advancing research (amongst others). Abstract submission closes on 23 November 2018.

Flights and accommodation

Don’t be daunted by the thought of arranging flights and accommodation. The WPC has information on planning and budgeting for your stay.

You may choose to arrange everything yourself or use a preferred travel agent. Further details to help you plan your trip can be found in the WPC Travel Toolkit.

Buddies Program

The WPC Buddies Program aims to strengthen the global Parkinson's community by introducing or matching WPC registrants who have signed up to attend the WPC 2019. Interested WPC registrants can be "buddied up" with other people from around the world who are also attending.

It is an opportunity to engage in conversation with someone on the other side of the world whose health care resources may be different but whose ideas of how to cope may be inspirational and enlightening.

Applications are now open for registered Congress attendees interested in becoming a WPC Buddy

WPC 2019 Choir

Are you a ParkinSong member or just love to sing? Join the WPC 2019 Choir to unite together as one global Parkinson’s community connecting through music. There is no additional cost for joining the choir which is open to all WPC attendees.

No singing experience is required and choir members will have access to monthly Internet choir rehearsal sessions via private YouTube rehearsal videos/Podcasts. Interested? Visit the choir page for more information.

Mike and Karyn are happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact them via email, karynspilberg@worldpdcoalition.org or mikeatkinson@worldpdcoalition.org or contact us via our Health Information Line on 1800 644 189 and we can put them in touch with you.

Have you registered? Let us know via the Health Information Line or email info@parkinsons-vic.org.au as we are keen to ensure our Victorian attendees have all the information, knowledge and support they need to get the most out of this wonderful event.

 

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