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 fundraising, memberships, donations, volunteering and community support.
Our logo is the tulip, an internationally recognised symbol for people living with Parkinson’s.
All funds raised by Parkinson’s ACT go directly to support our members, from support group meetings to research funding – see below. Members of Parkinson’s ACT also volunteer as patient educators at the ANU Medical School to help doctors-in-training learn more about diagnosis and the experience of those living with Parkinson’s.
Together we can make a difference.
Parkinson’s ACT award – ANU Medical School
In 2013 we were very proud to establish the Parkinson’s ACT Inc. Award at the ANU Medical School. This award was the inspiration of Dr George Webb, a member of the Parkinson’s ACT management committee. In 2015 it was given a new title in recognition of George’s tireless work for those living with Parkinson’s in the ACT and beyond: The Parkinson’s ACT George Webb Memorial Award.
This annual award currently provides $2,000 to help a third year student with a special interest in neurology undertake an elective placement at a centre of excellence in Australia or abroad.
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.