‘Living your best life now’
On Thursday 29th November Parkinson’s ACT presented our biennial one-day seminar: ‘Living your best life now’. We planned it to be valuable not only for people living with Parkinson’s but also those who support them: family, carers, friends, health professionals and anyone interested in helping them live their best life possible.
Feedback on the seminar
We felt that the seminar was a great success but to get your views we designed an online survey to ask for your feedback. Your feedback was indeed enthusiastic: 101 people responded and 98% rated the seminar very good or excellent. Many people also contributed suggestions for future content and potential improvements. Those free-form comments are very broad in their scope and cannot be easily summarised here, but they are valuable to us in understanding your interests as we plan not just future seminars, but all future activities. Thank you for taking the time to respond.
There was another indicator of the success of the seminar: 103 tickets were sold to the general public (non-members), and by the end of the seminar 93 people had decided to join Parkinson’s ACT. This increased membership might afford more possibilities for coming together as a community: something the survey showed was very valuable to you.
The seminar was designed around the four keynote speakers below. It was our intention that we record the keynote presentations for the benefit of those who couldn’t attend, and also for your review. The speakers have been kind enough to agree to our publishing the Powerpoint PDFs and audio-visual recordings of their talks.
For technical reasons we need to provide these outside our web site:
The presentations were in the order below.
Treatment Pathways:From diagnosis to advanced therapies – Dr Yash Gawarikar, Consultant Neurologist and Senior Staff Specialist, Calvary Public Hospital, VMO Calvary Bruce, and Clinical Lecturer Neurology ANU Medical School
Parkinson’s Blues:Are anxiety, depression and hallucinations holding you back? – Dr Linton Meagher, Specialist Neuropsychiatrist, Northside Cremorne Clinic, VMO Sydney Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Surgical Clinic, North Shore Private Hospital
Research: Early diagnosis and slowing disease progression– Associate Professor Antony Cooper, Head, Division of Neuroscience, Garvin Institute of Medical Research
Exercise as Medicine: The power of neuroplasticity to slow down the development of, and manage PD Symptoms – Ms Gilly Davy, Clinical Director and Lead Neurological Physiotherapists, Connect Neuro Physiotherapy, NZ. Australian Award for contributions to Neurological Physiotherapy. Introduction by Mr Ian Ruff, Olympic Medallist
We were pleased to hear from PACT’s newest support group Young at Park (Y@P) for people with young onset Parkinson’s. The group is coordinated and convened by PACT member Anthony Overs with support from PACT. Anthony’s presentation can be viewed on YouTube here.
In addition to the keynote speaker presentations we heard updates from representatives of local and national bodies, as well as from PACT’s various support groups.
There was also a Mini Market Place showcasing a range of services for those living with PD, and a Painting with Parkinsons art exhibition.
The OFFBEAT Dancers
And last but not least, there were the OFFBEAT Dancers, coordinated by Philip Piggin. Their performance and presentation clearly won you over, and some of you were apparently already filling in the application form.
Enjoy it again on YouTube here.
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Thanks to all who made the seminar memorable.