FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
GP ONLINE (General Practitioners Guide to Parkinson's Disease)
This 6 hour online educational course is brought to you by Parkinson’s Australia and is accredited by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM). It is designed to help GPs address the issues of most concern when confronted with a patient who may have Parkinson’s. It will prepare GPs to enact their role to assess, diagnose, treat and manage the care of patients with this illness. The course caters for learners with different levels of knowledge and experience in this area, while also providing flexibility in the way it can be used.
GPs have three options available for accessing information:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): important and practical information for immediate problems.
Cases: realistic cases that allow GPs to collaborate with peers and apply clinical skills.
Course: cohesive course integrating cases and answers to FAQs.
This module has been accredited with ACRRM for 30 PRPD Points. 40 CPD points can be claimed for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners’ (RACGP) Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development (QI&CPD) Program by completing an individual application form for Category 1 activities, or 12 CPD points can be self-recorded (capped at 20 CPD points per triennium). For full information on how to claim CPD points for this course, go to this link https://www.racgp.org.au/education/qicpd-program/gps/self-directed-learning/
We recommend this course for any health professional who would benefit from this knowledge.
Access is free for all ACRRM members and RRMEO subscribers. Other users can register for free - access via Parkinson's Australia by clicking on the Registration button below
AGED CARE TRAINING
Parkinson’s Australia’s new Aged Care Training Package called Caring for People with Parkinson’s is now available nationally. It is designed to educate and inform all the staff of Residential Aged Care Facilities to improve the quality of care provided for residents living with Parkinson’s.
The training package is evidence based, with clearly stated and measurable learning outcomes, while incorporating the principles of best practice in care and utilizes a person-centred approach.
Increase the awareness and knowledge of the signs, symptoms and treatments of Parkinson’s disease.
Increase the understanding of the needs of someone living with Parkinson’s.
Increase the capacity of staff in providing care for someone living with Parkinson’s.
The face-to-face training workshops, which are interactive and include a range of adult teaching/learning strategies, are facilitated by specialist educators with expertise in providing care for people with Parkinson’s.
For further information or to book a training workshop in your facility, contact the Parkinson’s Info Line on 1800 644 189.
ADVICE FOR NURSES
The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) in association with Parkinson's WA have developed a Parkinson’s Care post graduate unit of study. The subject is integrated within a graduate certificate of the ACN courses or can be enrolled as a stand-alone subject. The subject will help new Parkinson's nurses entering the field to have a good foundation to build on and for existing Parkinson's nurses to consolidate their knowledge. The course is available for enrollment now, with intakes in July and January.
Nurses wishing to undertake a shorter course can also complete the free General Practitioners Guide to Parkinson's Disease (GP Online) course.
ADVICE FOR PHYSIOTHERAPISTS
The www.physiotherapyexercises.com website enables physiotherapists to search for exercises including those appropriate for people living with Parkinson's and then compile them into individualised booklets for patients. The booklets can be exported in different formats including Word, HTML and PDF, and can then be printed, emailed or sent to patients’ mobile devices. The Physiotherapyexercises.com website is available in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.
GENERAL EDUCATION ON PARKINSON'S
Research Review Australia Pty Limited have published this informative Parkinson's Update as a part of their Educational Series.