Parkinson's Disease Support Services
Meg is a Registered Nurse and our Parkinson’s Disease Support Nurse. After working as an Accountant in Sydney, Meg realised the corporate world wasn't for her and she decided to pursue a career in nursing. Meg graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing with Distinction at Queensland University of Technology in 2010. Meg has a passion for regional and rural nursing and enjoyed the diversity of rural nursing in both Dalby and Mudgee before moving to Orange in 2014.
Meg commenced as our Parkinson’s Disease Support Nurse in February 2015 and is available for all Parkinson’s Disease patients in the Central West requiring education, information & resources, support, or referrals to allied health professionals.
Newly diagnosed patients naturally have many questions about Parkinson’s disease (PD) when they are diagnosed as do their family and friends. Providing support at this time is important and also providing empathy and answering any questions they may have. Meg is also available to provide education to other health professionals, particularly those who provide direct care to people with PD. Educating staff in acute care facilities as well as carers in the aged care sector is of key importance.
Medications are not without their side-
The longer PD has been diagnosed, often the more complex the symptoms are. People with PD and their carers have the opportunity to discuss these issues with Meg and work out strategies to self-manage more efficiently. In doing so, quality of life improves and the carer burden is often reduced.
Duodopa - NEW TREATMENT FOR PARKINSON'S DISEASE
We are pleased to be able to offer Duodopa; an advanced treatment for Parkinson's Disease, within the Orange Health Service. As Parkinson's Disease progresses, symptoms become more unpredictable and oral medications become less effective. Duodopa is levodopa-carbidopa in the form of an intestinal gel for daytime continuous infusion. This advanced treatment involves a surgical procedure to insert a tube into the stomach for delivery of Duodopa via a portable pump into the small intestine. For more information, your Neurologist and PD Support Nurse will be happy to discuss this therapy in detail with you. Boost to Quality of Life CWD April 9 2016
Other advanced treatments
Meg can also discuss with PD patients their suitability for other advanced treatments such as apomorphine infusions and deep brain stimulation (DBS).
Other areas where the PD support nurse can assist
The PD support nurse is able to make ACAT referrals when necessary as well as referrals to speech therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and psychology.
The PD support nurse can assist with staff education as well as advocating for patients whilst in hospital.
The PD support nurse attends local support groups where time allows and is happy to present information to the groups when requested.
Resource List for patients and carers living with Parkinson's Disease in the Central West - Support Groups; Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiology and Exercise Classes; Community Health Services; Useful website and contact details.
Information Sheets available from Parkinson's NSW website.
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition characterised by tremor, stiffness, slowness of movement and postural instability. The symptoms are primarily due to depletion of the brain neurotransmitter, dopamine. This leads to an imbalance of other neurotransmitters. The majority of medications used to treat Parkinson’s aim to replace or increase the levels of dopamine within the brain.
Many medications used in the treatment of other medical conditions have the potential to alter or interfere with the brain’s dopamine system and may be overlooked as having a detrimental effect on Parkinson’s.
It is important to consider the possibility that treatment of other medical conditions may cause or exacerbate existing Parkinson’s symptoms.
YOUR DOCTOR MAY DECIDE THE USE OF THESE MEDICATIONS IS JUSTIFIED
This leaflet focuses on medication interactions and medications that are known to worsen the symptoms of Parkinson’s.
Apps for Parkinson's Disease
In today's technological world, there are an abundance of apps available via Apple/Google Play relating to Parkinson's Disease. Many of the apps have been created to empower people with Parkinson's by providing an easy way to record medications and ensure you take your medications on time. Other apps have been designed for people to record their daily activities, feelings and body conditions. There are also apps which provide home based exercises and movement advice for people with Parkinson's Disease. Please see below for a list of suggested apps with links to each app in either the Itunes Store (Apple) or Google Play Store (Android).
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