Powered by Australia’s most awarded general practice training organisation

Parkinson’s Disease – A Team Approach to Slowing the Progress

Duration of the course: 90mins
Ideal for: Allied Health
Track: Clinical

Watch a preview of this course

About The Course


How a multidisciplinary team can come together to slow the progression of Parkinson’s Disease.
Duration: 90mins
Accreditation: Eligible for AHPRA self reported professional development activity points (1.5 points)

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.

Presenters include:

  • 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.


Enrol in this course

Please sign in before enrolling


Course classroom

( You must be enrolled to access )

Delivered in partnership with

We are proud to partner with PD Warrior - supporting the Parkinson's community and teaching you how to move well, believe in yourself and live better with Parkinson’s

Course Instructor

Melissa McConaghy
Melissa McConaghy CEO and Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist, Clinical Lecturer Macquarie University

BaSc Physiotherapy, University of Sydney | Master of Health Science University of Sydney | Grad Cert of Public Health University of Queensland | Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists, Neurological Specialist Director & Principal Physiotherapist - Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist and Fellow of the College of Physiotherapists - Master of Neurological Physiotherapy & Postgraduate Certificate of Public Health. Melissa established Mobile Rehab Innovations in 2006 and Advance Rehab Centre in 2009 after recognising the need for a rehabilitation service providing expert rehabilitation for people with complex therapy needs in Sydney. Melissa is one of three clinical specialist neurological physiotherapists in NSW and has extensive experience in neurological rehabilitation. Her primary interests are in stroke and Parkinson's disease and she is the co-founder of PD Warrior. Melissa has worked in a variety of rehabilitation settings both here and overseas and has been a senior physiotherapist supervising and teaching junior staff for over ten years.

Polly Cartlidge
Polly Cartlidge Team Leader Occupational Therapy

Polly graduated as an Occupational Therapist from Coventry University in 2010. She began her career working in the NHS in a dual role within a Community Rehabilitation Team and Rehabilitation and Falls Team. Polly has covered a variety of clinical settings however her passion is in neurological therapy. Polly has extensive experience with implementing home modifications and assistive technology and is passionate about clients achieving their goals through rehab plans based on evidence based practice.

Dr Robert Lodge
Dr Robert Lodge Consultant Physician General

Dr Bob Lodge is a Consultant Physician in Internal Medicine (Consultant General Physician). He obtained MB, BS at Monash University in 1977 and Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) in 1985, after completion of post-graduate training in Oxford UK (1983–1985).

Dr Peter Silberberg
Dr Peter Silberberg Clinical Educator and General Practitioner

Peter is a GP who trained in the Northern Territory before moving to the North Coast of NSW in 2009. He currently works as a GP in a small coastal town and also an Aboriginal Medical Service. He has over 14 years experience in medical education, whether it be medical students, GP registrars or colleagues. Peter strives for engaging, transformative and enjoyable learning experiences and is a passionate educator.

Cheryl Constance
Cheryl Constance Clinical Educator

Cheryl is a Registered Nurse with clinical and management experience across acute care, primary and aged care. With a passion for quality in health care and staff development, Cheryl has been actively involved in the design of high quality clinical education with a focus on areas of identified need.