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Parkinson’s Queensland Inc. is our premier organization for our fight against Parkinson’s disease.  It’s twenty-seven years since Parkinson’s Queensland Inc. was founded and since 1986, with our donors, volunteers and members’ generous support and participation, we have greatly improved the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s, their carers, families and friends, with initiatives such as:

  • 45 Statewide Support Groups
  • Information Packs
  • Carer’s Packs
  • Library Resources
  • 1800 Free Call Info Line
  • CONNECTIONS Magazine
  • Annual Unity Walk Fundraising
  • Website – www.parkinsons-qld.org.au
  • Facebook and Twitter
  • Education Seminars and Conferences
  • Funding much needed Research grants
  • Advocacy at local, state and federal government levels

There is so much more to do!

Parkinson’s Queensland’s 2013 Initiatives and Ongoing Projects

 Hospital Packs

A substantial number of patients with Parkinson’s are hospitalised for various reasons, including operations, broken hips, heart attacks, strokes and sometimes complications from Parkinson’s such as aspiration Pneumonia.

Hospital Packs are currently being developed to assist Parkinson’s patients navigate and communicate their special care needs whilst in hospital.  One of the most important factors for patients controlling Parkinson’s symptoms, is a strict adherence to a medication schedule.  Medications, whilst mostly effective, have a “wearing off” effect which sees abated symptoms return if strict medication timetables are not kept.

To assist with educating health professionals, Parkinson’s Queensland is producing a Hospital Pack, including:

Parkinson’s and Hospitalisation Guidelines

Medications Used in the Treatment of Parkinson’s

Medications to be used with caution for people with Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease Quick Management Guidelines

Parkinson’s Patient Profile

Queensland Phone Counselling Service

We currently have a fully trained counsellor, (who lives with Parkinson’s herself), who is willing to operate our phone counselling service.  Fundraising will support this person in a key service role to assist people living with Parkinson’s, their Carer’s and Family and Friends and Support Groups.

Education and Awareness Seminars / Conferences / Sessions

Parkinson’s Queensland Inc. seeks to make a positive contribution to the provision of treatment and professional support services for people with Parkinson’s disease. We provide in-service training and education for medical practitioners, allied health professionals and the community to provide specific information on Parkinson’s disease and services which encourage independence and improved quality of life.

Seminars are also held for people living with Parkinson’s, their carer’s and support groups, friends and families and the community to provide information on Parkinson’s disease, research and services further encouraging independence and improved quality of life.

s    People living with PDs    Carers & Support Groups

s    Family & Friends

s    Medicare Locals including GPs

s    Neurologists

s    Occupational Therapists

s    Podiatrists

s    Dieticians

s    Physiotherapistss    Speech Therapists

s    Aged Care Facilities

s    Pharmacies

s    Social and Service Clubs

s    Researchers

s    Community

Queensland Specialised Parkinson Nurses

Queensland is the only state in Australia that does not currently have specially trained Parkinson’s nurses, dedicated to the health and well-being of the 17,000 Queenslanders currently living with Parkinson’s.  We desperately need funds to provide this critical service to the Parkinson’s Community.

PhD Research

Research on Clinical and Quality of Life studies.  Parkinson’s Queensland Inc (PQI) invites applications from suitably qualified research students and researchers for grants supporting research into Parkinson’s disease.

The PQI PhD Research Grant Scheme funds high quality applications from current full-time PhD students who are undertaking innovative research projects related to Parkinson’s disease.  Funding is available for the duration of the applicant’s candidature – up to a maximum of three years.

Support Group Management

Parkinson’s Queensland has  45 Support Groups throughout Queensland.  All administration, governance, information dissemination and communication is managed through head office in Springwood.

We encourage those new to Parkinson’s Queensland to join a support group in their locality.  It’s a great way to meet other people and is a service we provide to help people living with Parkinson’s and their carer’s to maintain control of their lives through activities, sharing experiences and contact with other people.  There is no better way to learn about Parkinson’s than to speak to a person who shares the challenges they are going through.

Advocacy

Representing the healthcare and medical interests of the Parkinson’s community to policy makers at all levels of government – local, regional, state and federal, with the aim of increasing community awareness and better policies.

At a national level, affiliation with Parkinson’s Australia provides strong links with other state Parkinson’s organisations. We also maintain contact and network with other Parkinson’s organisations around the world.

How to Donate

It’s easy; choose one of the three options below that suits you:

Option 1          ONLINE – Simply log onto www.parkinsons-qld.org.au and click on Donate

Option 2          PHONE – Free Call 1800 644 189

Option 3          MAIL – Complete the attached form and post back in the return envelope provided.

8 Famous Faces of Parkinson’s

Michael J. Fox - (1961 -)

Diagnosed at 29 in 1991 A terrible irony for a man who made his name playing a teenager to be afflicted by a disease normally associated with old age.  Parkinson’s has made me a ­better person.  Life delivered me a catastrophe, but I found a richness of soul. I owe it to Parkinson’s, no doubt about that.’  Now 52 years old.

Muhammad Ali - (1942 -)

Diagnosed at 42.  Born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., Muhammad Ali is an American former professional boxer, generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the sport’s history.  He was also a source of inspiration, especially when it came to his quotes such as “I am the greatest, I knew it, even before I was”. Muhammad Ali never let any obstacles come in his way and did not believe that he could be defeated.  Now 71 years old.

Janet Reno - (1938 -)

Diagnosed at 57 in 1995.  America’s first woman Attorney General  from 1993-2001.  She was nominated by President Bill Clinton on February 11, 1993, and confirmed on March 11. She was the first female Attorney General and the second longest serving Attorney General after William Wirt.

Johnny Cash - (1932 – 2003)

Diagnosed at 65.  John R. “Johnny” Cash was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and author who was considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Most famous for Ring of Fire 1963, I Walk The Line 1989.

Bob Hoskins - (1942 –)

Diagnosed at 68.  Robert William “Bob” Hoskins, Jr. is a retired English actor known for playing Cockneys and gangsters. He has appeared in films such as The Long Good Friday, Mona Lisa, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Hook, and Neverland.  Now 71 years old.

Billy Graham - (1918 –)

William Franklin “Billy” Graham, Jr. is an American Christian evangelist, ordained as a Southern Baptist minister, who rose to celebrity status in 1949 with the national media backing of William Randolph Hearst and Henry Luce.  Now 95 years old.

Pope John Paul II - (1920–2005)

264th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church and Sovereign of the State of the Vatican City 1978, until his death, almost 27 years later. Starting about 1992, however, his health slowly declined. He rarely walked in public and began to suffer from an increasingly slurred speech and difficulty in hearing. Most experts agreed that the frail pontiff suffered from Parkinson’s disease, although it wasn’t until 2003 that the Vatican finally confirmed it.

Vincent Price - (1911 - 1993)

He suffered from Parkinson and lung cancer due to being a life-long smoker. Price had to retire from several productions because of his health problems, which were becoming more apparent on screen.   In the 1950s, he moved into horror films, with a role in House of Wax (1953), then The Mad Magician (1954), and then the monster movie The Fly (1958) and its sequel Return of the Fly (1959). Price also starred in the original House on Haunted Hill (1959).