Welcome to Parkinson’s SA Inc

Tulip logoParkinson’s SA was established in 1983 to provide support for people with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders and their families.
We hope that this website will prove to be a useful resource for you whether you are a person diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders, a family member or friend, a health professional, a student or simply an interested person.
Please use the links above to find out more about Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, Parkinson’s SA and the range of services that PSA offers.
Please ring our Helpline on 1800 644 189 to obtain further information, support and counselling. For general calls to the office phone 8357 8909.
Parkinson’s SA relies on fundraising to provide its services. Below you will find information about upcoming events that will help PSA to raise funds and awareness.

2014 Calendar of Events

Tulip logoThe 2014 Calendar of Events will be updated during the year so make sure that you have the latest copy.

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Here is a link to the 2014 Calendar of Events.

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2013 – 2014 Application for Membership

Tulip logoHere is a link to the Application form for Membership 2013 – 2014, the form is in “pdf” format which means that you can’t complete it by adding information to the computer.  Therefore you need to print the form, supply the required information and post using the details on the form itself.

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2014 Take 9 Movie Cards

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Take 9 Movie Cards for 2014: 

  • The cards will be sold for $20 this year and there will be over $200 worth of value.
  • Cards will be on sale from April 1st.

Further information as soon as it becomes available.

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2014 State Election

Tulip logoThe State Election was held on 15 March 2014. Prior to the State Election, the two major parties responded to a request from Parkinson’s SA and announced their commitment to the funding of Parkinson’s Nurses in South Australia.

The Labor Party strongly supported the retention of the current position at Flinders Medical Centre (South) and the further expansion of the service. They promised to extend the service to the North and West with a Country outreach, a total of 4 positions in all, and we look forward to seeing these positions become operational in the near future.

This commitment indicates that we have been able to convince the Government of the value of the Parkinson’s Disease Nurse Specialist position in the care and management of Parkinson’s. As well as ensuring a better quality of life for people affected by Parkinson’s, these positions will help keep people out of hospital, shorten necessary hospital stays and keep people at home and out of residential longer.

To read about the Labor’s Party’s commitment here is a link to the information.

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NEW Community Information Seminars – UNDERSTANDING PARKINSON’S

Tulip logoThese bi-monthly seminars are designed specifically for the general community, people with Parkinson’s, their family members and friends.

The dates for these seminars are:
Evenings:   April 14 and October 13  Time: 6:30pm till 8pm
Daytime:    June 9 and August 11       Time: 10:30am till 12
Location:    The conference room at Parkinson’s SA office.

Here is a link to the flyer about the seminars.

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NEW 2014 Seminar Series – MOVING AHEAD WITH PARKINSON’S

Tulip logoThese bi-monthly seminars are designed for those who have lived with Parkinson’s for some years.

Here is a link to the topics which will be covered during 2014.

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NEW LEARN NOW, LIVE WELL SEMINARS – For Recently Diagnosed

Tulip logoThese monthly seminars are designed for those who have been recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Venue:
Parkview Room, Fullarton Park Community Centre
411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton

Here are the details of the next 2 sessions:

May 5 - Coming to terms with diagnosis – presented by Stevie Ferguson, PSA.

June 2 – “The Benefits of Exercise for people with Parkinson’s disease” presented by Judith Lowe, LifeCare Active.

Diary dates for 2014 are:
May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1, October 13, November 3 and December 1.

For more information about session topics or to RSVP then contact our office on 1800 644 189 pr (08) 8357 8909.

2014 Speaker’s Group – Shaky Faith Matters

Tulip logoThe Speaker’s Group provide a tremendous service to the Parkinson’s community by spreading the word about Parkinson’s to a range of Service Clubs, community groups, support groups and seminars.  They bring a wealth of information and their unique personal experience to their audiences.

Please contact the Parkinson’s office on 1800 644 189 or (08) 8357 8909 if you wish to book one of these members to speak to your support group or community group during 2014.

Feb 2014 Shifting Gears – John Stockwell’s Ride for Parkinson’s

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Think of a passion you have – something you would do every day if you could!

Tulip logoHere is a link to the flyer with information about John Stockwell’s Ride for Parkinson’s where you can help with this wonderful fundraising target.

To donate to John’s fundraising, please visit: give.everydayhero.com/au/the-ride-of-my-life-for-parkinsons or call Parkinson’s SA on 08 8357 8909.

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March 2014 Riverland Parkinson’s Lifestyle Weekend

Tulip logoThe 2014 Riverland Parkinson’s Lifestyle Weekend was held from 21 to 23 March, 2014 at the Barmera Discovery Holiday Park.

Follow this link to the photos from the Riverland Parkinson’s Lifestyle Weekend.

Here is a link to the report about the weekend.

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Feb to April 2014 – Expanding Horizons through Art

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Do you enjoy Art? or Would you like to ‘come ‘n try?

Here is a link to the flyer with further information.

Tulip logoClasses to be held in the Conference Room at Parkinson’s SA offices.
Dates: Wednesdays - February 26 till April 16, 2014
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm
Medium: Painting with Acrylics
Cost: $5 per session

Subsidised by a Grant from Office for the Ageing

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2014 High Tea

Tulip logoThe fourth “High Tea” to support the work of Parkinson’s SA was held on Thursday 27 March 2014.

Here is a link to the photos of this successful event.

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May 2014 – Pitch In For Parkinson’s Corporate Lunch

Tulip logoPlanning is well underway for the 2014 Pitch In For Parkinson’s Corporate Lunch.  Please contact the office (1800 644 189) for further information.  Details will be posted as soon as they become available.

 

Entertainment Book 2014 / 2015

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The Entertainment Books for 2014 /2015 will be available in late March so watch this space for further details as they become available or ring the office for an update.

2014 Parkinson’s SA Scholarship

Tulip logoParkinson’s SA was established in 1983 to provide services and represent people with Parkinson’s and their families.  As a result of a bequest from the late Mr Norman Weir, a person with Parkinson’s, Parkinson’s SA has established a Research Foundation and as part of that Foundation wishes to encourage research into Parkinson’s disease at the Honours level.

The first scholarship in 2013 was won by Patrick Faulkner, Honours student in Health Sciences at the University of South Australia.

The current scholarship of $3000 is being offered to an Honours student in South Australia whose main focus of study is Parkinson’s disease, whether in a medical, health science or social science field.

To be considered, students are asked to complete this form, have it signed by their supervisor and submit it to christine@parkinsonssa.org.au  by 28 March 2014.

For further information please contact Christine Belford, CEO, on the email above or by phone on 8357 8909.  Applications will be considered by an expert panel and the selected student will be advised on World Parkinson’s Day, 11 April 2014.

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GP Online Education Program

Tulip logoThis 6 hour online educational course is designed to help GPs address the issues of most GPs to enact their role to assess, diagnose, treat and manage the care of patients with this illness. The course caters for learners with different levels of knowledge and experience in this area, while also providing flexibility in the way it can be used.

We are recommending this course for any health professional who would benefit from this knowledge.

Here is a link to further information about this training.

This link takes you to the page of information.

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30th Anniversary of Parkinson’s SA

Tulip logoOn behalf of our Patron, the Governor, Mrs Liz Scarce hosted a Reception at Government House on 21 October 2013 to celebrate PSA’s 30th Anniversary.  The Reception acknowledged the wonderful efforts of the volunteers, supporters and staff of the organisation.

Below is a website link to photographs taken by Darren Clements who can be contacted on darrenclementsphotography.com.au:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/54370246@N03/sets/72157637072153295/

2013 – 3rd World Parkinson Conference

Tulip logoThe 3rd World Parkinson Conference was held in Montreal Canada from 1 – 4 October, 2013.

If you wish to view video sessions from the conference then follow this link: www.icastpro.ca/events/wpc/2013/10/01/3rd-world-parkinson-congress-gateway you will need to register to access the videos.

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8 Sept 2013 – Australia’s Unity Walk for Parkinson’s

Tulip logoThank you to everyone who took part in this year’s Unity Walk for Parkinson’s.  The biggest event yet, with 500 people plus 48 dogs registered and walking.  We hope that you had a great day, gathering as the Parkinson’s community in SA.

The event raised $32,000 for Parkinson’s SA.

Here is a link to the photos from the Unity Walk.

Here the WINNERS of the fundraising incentive, for the highest amounts raised in the following categories:

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  • Highest Male Fundraiser – $200 Voucher from Joggers World IS STEPHEN TAEUBER

George Gross V2 Harry Who George Gross

  • Highest Female Fundraiser – $250 Voucher from George Gross & Harry Who is JENNY BIDDLE

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  • Highest Team Fundraiser – Luncheon Cruise on the Dolphin Explorer for your team is DEE REYNOLDS

We would like to make a special mention of the following Fundraisers who managed to raise over $1,000:
Glenys Besselaar
Emma & James Clarke (a team effort)
Stevie Ferguson
Maria Gikas
Donna Wellington

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27 – 29 May 2015 – Parkinson’s Australia Conference

Tulip logoWe are very pleased to announce that the next Parkinson’s Australia Conference will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

Dates: 27 – 29 May 2015

If you wish to be added to our mailing list which will mean that you will be sent information about the Conference activities, please send us an email to conference@parkinsonssa.org.au detailing your name and contact details.

Support Group Leaders Needed

Tulip logoParkinson’s SA is seeking volunteer Group Leaders for some of its Support Groups.

If you are retired, semi retired, or have some time to spare, we would love to hear from you.

The groups are run monthly for 2 hours and consist of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s and family members/carers.  Meetings may include a guest speaker, sharing of coping tips and social time.  For many people living with Parkinson’s this provides their only opportunity to socialise.

We are currently seeking Group Leaders for the following areas:

  • Burnside
  • North East (Tea Tree Gully)

If you live in other metropolitan areas or the country we would also love to hear from you as we are keen to develop new groups to support people with Parkinson’s and their family members.

Training and ongoing support will be provided.

For more information please phone Anne Heard, Group Programs Coordinator on 8357 8909 or email anne@parkinsonssa.org.au

Have a “Party for Parkinson’s”

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A great fundraising idea is to have a “Party for Parkinson’s”. 

We provide you with all the invitations, etc so that you can raise some money whilst having fun.

Here is a link to all the information.

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Audio Interview with Valmai Hankel

Click here to access the audio tape which lasts for about 20 minutes. It may take 30-60 seconds to load.

Valmai Hankel is a South Australian wine writer, horse breeder, intrepid outback traveller and President of the Friends of the State Library.  She previously worked at the State Library for 43 years, developing the rare book collection. She is also a regular presenter on ABC 891 Radio. In 2009 she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.  In this interview about Valmai’s personal journey with Parkinson’s she talks candidly to long time friend, Liz Burge, who is currently Professor of Adult Education at the University of New Brunswick in Canada.  The audio tape has been provided courtesy of the State Library of SA and it was edited by Nick de Rohan.

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2011 Report on Parkinson’s Disease in Australia

Here is a link to a Report, by Deloitte Access Economics titled: “Living with Parkinson’s Disease”  about Parkinson’s Disease in Australia released in 2011.  One in 350 Australians now have Australia’s second most common neurological disease, Parkinson’s Disease.

Key findings include:

  • That 30 more people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s each day
  • Parkinson’s is growing in numbers (by 17% over the last six years); and costs have grown by over 48%
  • the estimated burden of the disease for 2011-12 is valued at $7.6 billion
  • 20% of PD sufferers are of working age
  • Parkinson’s is commoner than prostate, bowel and many other cancers
  • it costs people with Parkinson’s about $12,000 a year out of their own pockets
  • every year nearly 50,000 years of healthy life are lost to the condition

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Global Parkinson’s Pledge

The Global Parkinson’s Pledge was launched at the second World Parkinson’s Congress in Glasgow, Scotland on 27 September 2010.

Its aim is to help build a global Parkinson’s movement to make Parkinson’s a priority health, social and economic issue around the world and to advance the cure.
Sign the pledge at: www.worldpdcongress.org and join the Parkinson’s world wide community.
We aim to have one million signatures by the next WPC in Montreal, Canada in 2013.

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