Welcome to Parkinson's Australia
Parkinson’s Australia is the national peak body and charity representing more than 80,000 Australians living with Parkinson’s.
In 2007 Parkinson's Australia commissioned Access Economics to produce an economic report “Living with Parkinson’s disease: Challenges and positive steps for the future” which was updated in 2011 and reviewed and updated in 2015.
The reports highlight the significant growth in both the number of people living with Parkinson's disease and health system costs and productivity and other losses.
You can read and download the key findings of the report HERE and the full 130 page report can be found HERE. A short video that shows the impact of Parkinson's on the community is available HERE, below and on Parkinson's Australia YouTube channel.
Parkinson’s Australia is making practical suggestions to reduce the overall cost to the community, help people living with Parkinson’s remain active
and independent and reduce direct health care costs through avoidance of unnecessary hospital and aged care admissions, reduce lengths of stay
and medical specialist consultations.
Parkinson’s should be made a focus of national action through the Commonwealth and States by:
- Recognition of Parkinson’s as a National Health Priority Area;
- Investment in better care and support for people living with Parkinson’s through access to Parkinson’s Nurse Specialists and equitable access to medications and therapies;
- Investment in upskilling the workforce to enable timely diagnosis, better care and support of people living with Parkinson’s;
- Investment and capacity building in Parkinson’s research.
How can you help?
When we speak to politicians and decisions makers we like to speak about who we are as an organisation as well as what we do.We would love to hear your story as a person with Parkinson’s, carer, family member, friend or health professional. Coupled with statistics and evidence your stories are a powerful tool to bring positive change for the Parkinson’s community. Click here tell us your story.
Signing a petition or writing your name on the bottom of a form letter doesn’t adequately tell your Member of Parliament or Senator about your needs. A letter will have an impact, especially if you are asking them to address specific inadequacies in your area health system. Ask them to attend the support group in your area to hear first-hand about the needs of people with Parkinson’s in their electorate. For more information on writing to your Member of Parliament or Senator click here.
You can help by making a donation. Any amount, large or small, helps Parkinson’s Australia to continue to advocate for the needs of people with Parkinson’s, carers, family and friends. Your contribution helps to continue to educate health professionals and widen our reach to regional, remote and rural areas. Donate here.