11 November 2014

Parkinson’s NSW exercise project gathers pace

A Parkinson’s NSW initiative designed to help people living with Parkinson’s keep their symptoms under control continues to gather pace after a $50,000 donation from the Cromwell Foundation.

The donation has allowed Parkinson’s NSW to start preliminary research for development of an online exercise program. The organisation has already held focus groups with people living with Parkinson’s and appointed an expert panel to advise on the online exercise program.

The program is being developed in conjunction with Assoc Prof Colleen Canning (Uni of Sydney), Jeremy Horne (Calvary Wellbeing Program), Melissa McConaghy (Advance Rehab Centre), Dr Natalie Allen (Uni of Sydney) and Christine O’Brien (Physiotherapist and researcher based in Canberra) and is expected to greatly improve quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s.

Parkinson’s NSW CEO Miriam Dixon said the preliminary research will help ensure the finished product is patient-friendly and provides real benefits.

“Exercise has been shown to be an extremely valuable way for patients to control their symptoms and enhance their quality of life,” she said.

“The key success of this project will be ensuring we develop a program that is accessible and user-friendly.”

Parkinson’s NSW is a non-profit, community based organisation

which provides information, counselling and support to people living with Parkinson’s, their carers, families and supporters. It encourages and provides funding for nursing scholarships and research into the cause, treatment and prevention of the disease.