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World-renowned Dutch neurologist to speak in Melbourne

Sun 17th Nov 2019 to (2 days)

Parkinson’s Victoria is proud to present Professor Bas Bloem, world-renowned Dutch neurologist and advocate for patient-centred, multi-disciplinary healthcare in Parkinson’s.

NOTE: Ticket sales for Parkinson's Smart Health closed at midday Friday 15 November.

If you have not booked, but would like to attend, seats will be available on the day. Please advise staff upon registering.

Parkinson’s Smart Health 2019

In a compelling presentation, Prof. Bloem will share both the health and economic benefits of the integrated model of care. He will be joined by local champions of the multi-disciplinary health care model.

Although focussed on Parkinson’s healthcare, these presentations would also benefit patients living with, and healthcare professionals working with individuals impacted by, other chronic, progressive conditions presenting differing motor and non-motor symptoms.

Parkinson’s Smart Health: Building your Parkinson’s Health Team

Sunday 17 November 2019

The Grand Hyatt Hotel, Collins Street, Melbourne

9am – 5pm

Parkinson's Community Event

Be mesmerised from the outset as Prof. Bloem meets a patient for the first time and works with them, their family and local allied healthcare champions to inform and illustrate to them, and the wider audience, the benefits of a team-based approach to symptom management.


  9am - 10am  Registration
 10am - 10.15am  Welcome - Emma Collin, CEO Parkinson’s Victoria
10.15am - 10.40am  Introduction  - Prof. Bas Bloem
10.40am - 12.30pm

 Putting you in the Middle - Prof. Bas Bloem

 Featuring the multi-disciplinary team:

  • Dr Andrew Evans – Treating neurologist
  • Dr David Blumberg, GP
  • Assoc. Prof. Jennifer McGinley – Physiotherapist
  • Caterina Marigliani - Speech Pathologist
  • Natalie Delac - Occupational Therapist
  • Dr Luke Smith - Neuropsychologist
  • Victor McConvey - Nurse and patient Educator
  • Amanda Spillare- Social Worker
  • Amanda Longo - Dietician
 12.30pm - 1.15pm  Lunch provided


Following a shared lunch, participants will divide into two streams, with one stream dedicated to people living with Young Onset Parkinson’s.

   Parkinson’s    Young Onset Parkinson’s
 1.15pm - 2pm

Parkinson’s and Thinking the  Facts

Dr Luke Smith


Sleep, Sex and all things between the Sheets

Victor McConvey

 2pm - 2.45pm

Get moving - the emerging research supporting the value of exercise in Parkinson’s

Prof. Meg Morris

 2pm - 3pm

Managing Work and life, exploring work, discrimination staying active and being independent

Dr Luke Smith, Natalie Delac &  Rhys Chamberlin

 2.45pm - 3.30pm

Sleep, sex and all things between the sheets

Victor McConvey

 3pm - 3.30pm 

NDIS - What it is and navigating the brave new world

Panel Discussion

 3.30pm - 4pm Afternoon tea provided    Afternoon tea provided
 4pm - 4.45pm

My Aged Care: understanding it and getting the most out of it

Jackie Jenkins, Social Worker


Get moving: the emerging research supporting the value of  exercise in Parkinson’s

Prof. Meg Morris

 4.45pm - 5pm  Event close    


Parkinson’s Smart Health: Revolutionising multi-disciplinary care in Parkinson’s

Monday 18 November 2019

The Florey Institute, Royal Parade, Parkville

9am – 4.15pm

Healthcare Professionals Event

This event is aimed at encouraging Healthcare Professionals to think in a broader, multi-disciplinary way and to identify a how collaboration between medical and allied healthcare providers can improve outcomes – and costs - for patients living with complex symptoms.


9.30-10am Registration  
10am-10.15am Welcome Emma Collin, CEO Parkinson’s Victoria
10.15am -11.30am

Putting the Patient in the Middle

  • Developing multi-disciplinary responses to Parkinson’s and other movement disorders.
  • Understanding the value/importance of a multi-disciplinary response to Parkinson’s
  • Gain knowledge of how this response can optimise patient wellbeing and save healthcare costs
Prof. Bas Bloem
11.30am -12.15pm

 Achieving multidisciplinary care in Regional Australia


Assoc. Prof. Jennifer McGinley
12.15pm – 1pm Get Moving: the role and evidence for activity based exercise program for people with Parkinson’s Prof. Meg Morris
1pm-1.45pm  Lunch provided  
1.45pm-2.30pm Infused Therapies: indication and the role Healthcare professionals have in supporting complex therapies Dr Katya Kotschet

Deep Brain Stimulation

  • Multi-disciplinary assessment and care of the patient undergoing DBS
  • Pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative care and the emerging role of healthcare professionals in DBS
Assoc. Prof. Wes Thevatahasan
3.15pm-4pm Case studies inter-disciplinary collaboration to support people living with complex symptoms. Chair: Caterina Marigliani, Parkinson's Victoria
4pm-4.15pm  Event close  

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