How a multidisciplinary team can come together to slow the progression of Parkinson’s Disease.
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Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects approximately 100,000 people in Australia. It affects between 1 and 2% of people reaching retirement age. While there is currently no cure, there are effective treatments which relieve symptoms and slow the progress of the disease.
Allied health professionals play an important role in delivering these treatments and building a clinically diverse team with appropriate expertise can maximise the quality of life for those living with Parkinson’s disease.
This webinar will bring together multiple clinicians to discuss the team approach to slowing the progression of Parkinson’s Disease.
- Melissa McConaghy – one of the three specialist neurological physiotherapists in NSW and founder of PD Warrior and INSIGHT into PD, the largest Parkinson’s conference globally.
- Polly Cartlidge – Occupational Therapist at Advance Rehab Centre in Sydney where she leads the cognitive rehabilitation team.
- Dr Robert Lodge – General Physician
- Dr Pete Silberberg – General Practitioner and Clinical Educator
Together they will provide you with
- An update on early symptoms and diagnosis of the disease, common medication classes and the way these medications impact on practice when supporting people living with Parkinson’s Disease.
- The principles behind the PD Warrior program and how you can introduce these principles into your practice.
- Insights into how to identify cognitive impairments in your Parkinson’s patient, what the impairments signify and some practical tips and examples to guide you with what you can do to help.
What you will learn
- Early signs of Parkinson’s Disease and the pathway to diagnosis.
- Current medications used in the management of Parkinson’s disease and ways in which they impact on the role and work of allied health professionals.
- The principles of the PD Warrior Programme, the ways in which patients can access this programme and how allied health professionals can apply these principles to their practice.
- How to recognise cognitive impairments in your Parkinson’s patient, understand their significance to your practice and implement practice strategies to help.