Unfortunately we are without a Parkinson's Disease support nurse at the moment. We will update our website when we have further information.
If you are experiencing difficulties, please contact our rooms to discuss.
Duodopa - NEW TREATMENT FOR PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Other areas where the PD support nurse can assist
The PD support nurse is able to make ACAT referrals when necessary as well as referrals to speech therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and psychology.
The PD support nurse can assist with staff education as well as advocating for patients whilst in hospital.
The PD support nurse attends local support groups where time allows and is happy to present information to the groups when requested.
Resource List for patients and carers living with Parkinson's Disease in the Central West - Support Groups; Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiology and Exercise Classes; Community Health Services; Useful website and contact details.
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition characterised by tremor, stiffness, slowness of movement and postural instability. The symptoms are primarily due to depletion of the brain neurotransmitter, dopamine. This leads to an imbalance of other neurotransmitters. The majority of medications used to treat Parkinson’s aim to replace or increase the levels of dopamine within the brain.
Many medications used in the treatment of other medical conditions have the potential to alter or interfere with the brain’s dopamine system and may be overlooked as having a detrimental effect on Parkinson’s.
It is important to consider the possibility that treatment of other medical conditions may cause or exacerbate existing Parkinson’s symptoms.
YOUR DOCTOR MAY DECIDE THE USE OF THESE MEDICATIONS IS JUSTIFIED
This leaflet focuses on medication interactions and medications that are known to worsen the symptoms of Parkinson’s.
Apps for Parkinson's Disease
In today's technological world, there are an abundance of apps available via Apple/Google Play relating to Parkinson's Disease. Many of the apps have been created to empower people with Parkinson's by providing an easy way to record medications and ensure you take your medications on time. Other apps have been designed for people to record their daily activities, feelings and body conditions. There are also apps which provide home based exercises and movement advice for people with Parkinson's Disease. Please see below for a list of suggested apps with links to each app in either the Itunes Store (Apple) or Google Play Store (Android).