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Friday, April 28, 2017

Education on Parkinson’s vital: scientist

April 28, 2017

David Finkelstein

FLOREY Institute scientist David Finkelstein said big advances in the little things could make a world of difference for people living with Parkinson’s disease.
The Parkinson’s Victoria chairman will be lead a seminar on the latest treatment developments for the disease in Ballarat on Monday evening.
Associate Professor Finkelstein said seminar was part of a series across the state to educate people with Parkinson’s and their families on the changes evolving so they knew there was a promise of hope.
“It’s been 200 years since James Parkinson first identified the disease and 200 years is too long. So, the whole world has got together to get cracking on the problem, which is a tough one, scientifically and medically,” Associate Professor Finkelstein said. “...There are new and improved ways to help people now, clinicians who can improve your way of life.”
Associate Professor Finkelstein said Australia was lucky to have leading international clinicians visit and work with Australian clinicians in treating Parkinson’s disease.
He said there also needed to be greater awareness about the disease and keeping people living with Parkinson’s in the workforce.
One in four Australians living with Parkinson’s are diagnosed while a working age.
Associate Professor Finkelstein said education was not only aimed at people affected by the disease, but also potential employers.
“There are people who could live with the disease for 20 to 40 years,” Associate Professor Finkelstein said. “Little things can make a big difference.”
The seminar will be at Ballarat Community Health, Lucas, from 6pm. For details or to book, phone: 8809 0400.

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