Parkinson's WA nurse specialists to share knowledge with Bunbury community

Sharing knowledge: WA nurses Jo Chadwick and Liz Bickley at the conference in Japan. Photo: Supplied.

Sharing knowledge: WA nurses Jo Chadwick and Liz Bickley at the conference in Japan. Photo: Supplied.

One of Parkinson's WA nurse specialists will provide an update on the latest research and therapies for people living with the condition to the Bunbury community following an international conference in Kyoto, Japan.

Specialist nurses Liz Bickley attended the fifth World Parkinson's Congress over four days at the start of June.

She will relay the latest scientific discoveries, medical practices, caregiver initiatives and advocacy work related to Parkinson's in a workshop on Wednesday, 31 July, from 1:30pm at Community Home Care.

Ms Bickley said the conference brought physicians, scientists, nurses, rehabilitation specialists, caregivers and people living with Parkinson's together, facilitating a worldwide dialogue aimed at expediting the discovery of a cure and best treatment practices for the progressive condition.

"As a dedicated Parkinson's nurse specialists, I felt privileged to attend the conference, where the knowledge that was conveyed will ultimately benefit our patients in WA," she said.

"The conference presented new developments and treatments for Parkinson's, current and future research and detailed the promising drug treatments on the horizon through a diverse variety of lectures and discussions from a range of health professionals and researchers."

Parkinson's WA chief executive Brenda Matthews said it was important for representatives of Parkinson's WA to attend the conference and learn about the latest insights into the condition.

"Parkinson's WA is dedicated to doing everything we possibly can to support our clients, and having two of our experienced Parkinson's nurse specialists at this world conference was very important to us," Matthews says.

"Every hour of every day, someone is diagnosed with Parkinson's in Australia and we want to ensure that our team is abreast of world's best practice to ensure that we can advise of the very best and most appropriate services for a person's individual circumstances."

Founded in 1984, Parkinson's WA is the peak body and not-for-profit organisation that represents more than 20,000 Western Australian's living with Parkinson's, their families and carers, clinicians and researchers.

For more information, or to register for the workshop contact 6457 7373 or email info@parkinsonswa.org.au.