Individual reactions to being diagnosed with Parkinson’s are as varied as the symptoms of the condition. Whatever the reaction, no one has to face Parkinson’s alone, we are in this together.
Parkinson’s is a complex condition. The symptoms can impact on day to day activities and the future. Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s is a life changing experience, but there are treatments to help manage the symptoms and support services available to help get the most out of life, maintain independence and to continue to enjoy all that life has to offer.
Attending a Parkinson’s Victoria Recently Diagnosed Seminar will help you better understand your diagnosis – what it means and how to build a foundation to make you an expert in your Parkinson’s.
This seminar series is led by a Parkinson’s Victoria specialist nurse. In most instances, it also includes a presentation by an individual living with Parkinson’s facing similar challenges to your own.
Learn more about our the Recently Diagnosed Seminar program.
Below you will find relevant pages on this website to help you.
What is Parkinson’s
Information about Parkinson’s
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition that affects people from all walks of life.
It is quite common, with approximately 80,000 Australians, including 27,000 Victorians living with Parkinson’s.
Currently there is no known cause of Parkinson’s or understanding of why some people develop Parkinson’s and not others. This is the reason Parkinson’s is often referred to as “Idiopathic (or typical) Parkinson’s”.
Parkinson’s is a chronic and slowly progressive disorder. This means that symptoms normally appear slowly and develop gradually over time. The stage at which symptoms appear, speed at which they progress and the severity of those symptoms will vary from person to person. The most important point is that Parkinson’s affects everyone differently.
Information about the potential symptoms of Parkinson’s and how they can affect a person living with Parkinson’s.
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition, which is characterised by both motor (movement) and non-motor symptoms. A full list of symptoms is explained here.
Treatments and Professional Support
Information about medications, surgical options and professional support available for people living with Parkinson’s.
While there is currently not a cure for Parkinson's, there are a range of treatments that can help to manage the day-to-day symptoms.
Support For You
Information about support services, health education events and neurlogists to assist in making a positive impact in the lives of people living with Parkinson’s
Support and information can make a significant and positive difference to the lives of people living with Parkinson’s, their family and carers.
Parkinson’s Victoria provides a range of support services to assist in managing the condition and improving the quality of life.
This includes seminars for people recently diagnosed with Parkinson's and a free and confidential telephone service operated by a highly skilled health team.
Information For You
Personal stories and information about resources and publications in English and other languages, to assist people living with Parkinson’s feel more informed.
Parkinson’s Victoria provides a range of resources and publications that can assist people living with Parkinson’s, their families and carers to feel more informed about the condition.
We are also committed to funding research that will provide life quality outcomes for people living with Parkinson’s and ultimately, find a cure.
Living With Parkinson’s
Information about how to live well with Parkinson’s
People living with Parkinson's can continue to live long and rewarding lives. There are many ways to live well including exercising and eating well. Other aspects of living with Parkinson's such as driving, working, relationships, holidays and travel are explained.
Information about Parkinson’s research studies and ways to participate, that aim to improve the quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s both today and tomorrow.
Parkinson’s is a complex condition for which there is no known cause or cure.