The purpose of Parkinson’s ACT is to promote the well-being and interests of people with Parkinson’s and their families, friends and carers in the ACT and nearby region. We are a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation providing information, support and education for people living with Parkinson’s.
Parkinson’s ACT fosters a wide variety of activities. We run five different support groups, sponsor two dance groups and a painting group, publish a monthly bulletin, provide information seminars and contribute to Parkinson’s research. We are keen to establish other groups and activities as opportunities arise.
Parkinson’s ACT receives no direct government funding. Our activities are made possible through fund-raising, memberships, donations, volunteering and community support.
Our logo is the tulip, an internationally recognised symbol for people living with Parkinson’s.
A brief statistical overview
Currently around 70,000 people are living with Parkinson’s in Australia. That’s one in every 340 people. On average, more than 32 people are diagnosed each day. Parkinson’s is not just a condition that affects older people. Of the 70,000 people living with Parkinson’s around 18% or just over 12,000 people are of working age. In Canberra, it is estimated that there are 1,000 people living with Parkinson’s and when the surrounding areas of New South Wales are included the total would be more than 1,500 people.
Become a member
- Support our efforts to support you through advocacy and the funding of research and services.
- Get an information kit for people recently diagnosed.
- Join our support group meetings.
- Receive monthly newsletters with articles on the latest research, support group activities, practical tips or new books which we make available through the ACT Public Library.
About this website
Parkinson’s ACT is developing a new website to replace this one and to be the platform for introducing new functionality. We will of course keep this site’s content up to date in the meantime.