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Parkinson's Symposium for Allied Health & Nurses and Health Clinicians Dinner

The PHN is hosting its inaugural Parkinson's Symposium for Allied Health professionals & Nurses. The symposium will bring together Australia’s leading Parkinson’s clinicians and academics to discuss recent discoveries and promising pathways for a better understanding and treatment of Parkinson’s Disease and provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and cross discipline collaboration.

The Symposium and Health Clinicians Dinner will take place on Saturday 23rd July 2022 at the Mercure Hotel, Kent Street, Tamworth.

Please join us for an excellent day and evening of education, networking and entertainment including:

  • DAY PROGRAM: 8.30 am - 3.30 pm - Education for Allied Health Professionals & Nurses (including Allied Health & Nursing Students). $40.00 per person or $60.00 per person for Education Session + Dinner
  • EVENING DINNER: 6.30 pm - 10.30 pm - Dinner & Entertainment for Specialists, GPs, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals. All practice staff are welcome. $40.00 per person (Entertainent will be provided by local band, Splash Pool)

Those attending the day event are encouraged to also attend the dinner. All of the Symposium presenters will be there providing an opportunity to further network. It will be a great night of good food, live music and some inspiring keynote speakers providing information about cutting edge research and patient management.

The Symposium's keynote speakers are Neurologist, Dr Stephen Duma, and Clyde Campbell AM, CEO of Shake it Up Australia Foundation.

Program - Parkinson's Symposium for Allied Health & Nurses

The PHN is delighted to have Tamworth local Anna Moulder as Master of Ceremonies for the Symposium and Health Clinicians Dinner. Anna is the ABC NSW Drive host, an acclaimed journalist and has a passion for living regionally. She is an advocate for a strong and equitable health care system for people who live rural and regionally.

Do you need assistance with travel and accommodation to attend? You may be eligible for a Health Workforce Scholarship. For details see the NSW Rural Doctors Network Health Workforce Scholarship Program

For further information about the Parkinson's Symposium for Allied Health & Nurses please contact Shannon Richardson, Pilot Program Manager, HNECC PHN via email at or phone 1300 859 028.

Registrations for the Symposium close on Thursday 14th July

Register for the Symposium here

Keynote Speaker - Dr Stephen Duma, Consultant Neurologist

In addition to General Neurology, Dr Duma has subspecialty interests in Parkinson’s disease and other Movement Disorders (including tremor and dystonia), headaches, and the use of botulinum toxin for the treatment of these and other neurological conditions. Whilst practicing as a neurologist, Dr Duma is also passionate about teaching. He is a Clinical Lecturer for the University of Sydney and lectures for the Master of Medicine program.He is based in Sydney and also at Regional Specialists Tamworth. Dr Duma also has substantial research interests and has completed his PhD thesis related to Parkinson’s Disease at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) under the supervision of Profs Tony Broe AM and Olivier Piguet.

Keynote Speaker - Clyde Campbell AM

Clyde was diagnosed at the age of 44 with Parkinson’s disease and is the founder of Shake It Up Australia Foundation. He has an entrepreneurial spirit and a vision for the future. Clyde decided not to sit back and wait for the rest of the world to find a cure for Parkinson’s but to join the action. In 2011 he launched the Shake It Up Australia Foundation with one mission – to increase awareness and funding in Australia targeted at finding better treatments and ultimately a cure for Parkinson’s.
Since 2011 the foundation has co-funded over $22 Million into Parkinson’s Research in Australia and are now the leading non-government funder of Parkinson’s research across multiple institutes. On 26 January 2021, Clyde was appointed as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) in the Australia Day Honours List, in recognition of his significant service to community health, particularly to people living with Parkinson’s disease.

The PHN has been funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health to trial a new approach to improve the quality of life of people with movement disorders. The Symposium forms part of the PHN and Rural Fit’s pilot response to provide both nurse led person centred care for people living with Parkinson’s and build capacity in our healthcare providers.

Parkinson’s disease is poorly understood. Many people associate the disease with an elderly relative or the odd celebrity on TV. The majority of the population understand it to be ‘just the shakes’. The reality is much different.

  • Parkinson’s is the second most common neurological disease in Australia after dementia.
  • 38 Aussies are diagnosed with the disease every day.
  • 20% of sufferers are under 50 years old and 10% are diagnosed before the age of 40.
  • The number of people with Parkinson’s has increased by 17% in the last six years with costs to the community increasing by over 48%.
  • For comparison purposes, the prevalence of Parkinson’s is greater than prostate, bowel and many other forms of cancer and the total number of Parkinson’s sufferers is 4 times the number of people suffering with MS.

The Parkinson's Symposium is proudly supported by Rural Fit NSW and Parkinson's NSW.

Movers & Shakers - Parkinson's Symposium for People with Lived Experience

The PHN is pleased to also host Movers & Shakers, a Symposium for People with Lived Experience of Parkinson's. This will be held concurrently with the Allied Health Professionals & Nurses Symposium from 9.00 am to 12.00 pm on Satuday 23rd July.

The Movers & Shakers program will feature presentations for those with a lived experience of Parkinson's focusing on relevant issues including:

  • Current & emerging treatments
  • The importance of physiotherapy as medicine for people with Parkinson's
  • The creation and achievements of The Shake It Up Foundation in supporting Parkinson's research
  • The effectiveness of a multidisciplinary care approach
  • The importance of exercise and physical activity in slowing the progression of Parkinson's disease
Register for the Movers & Shakers Symposium here
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