Can a 7 week interactive group education workshop help you and your care partner manage Parkinson’s disease?

Did you know that self-management is essential for those with Parkinson’s Disease, yet many don’t know how to self-manage? Griffith University is inviting participants to join a 7-week interactive group program to learn:

  • All about Parkinson’s Disease and how it affects many different parts of the body
  • Why you need a number of different health professionals involved in your care
  • What self-management is
  • How to be a successful self-manager

You will leave the workshop with your own individualised action plan to help you manage your condition over the next 12 months. 

You may be eligible to attend if:

  • You have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease
  • You are 55 years or over
  • You live in the Greater Brisbane area 
  • Have a care partner to attend the majority of group sessions with you

What is required from participants:

You need to be able to travel to the education sessions each week, which will be held in Carindale initially. There will be several workshops being run with Springwood or Chermside being future possible locations. 

It is really important that a designated care partner come with you to each session.  This could be a spouse, family member, or friend. 

Each group program runs over a period of 30 weeks. This includes:

  • 2 hours for initial information session and completion of questionnaires
  • 2 hours each week for 7 weeks of the workshop
  • 1-2 hours 2 weeks after the workshop finishes to complete some questionnaires
  • 1-2 hours 3 months after the workshop finishes to complete some questionnaires and check on your progress with your action plan. 

To learn more please contact the lead researcher Katrina Scahill on 0488 284 557.

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