Living with Parkinson’s Disease: An updated economic analysis 2014

Living with Parkinson’s Disease: An updated economic analysis 2014

Parkinson’s Australia has launched the latest edition of the ‘Living with Parkinson’s Disease: An updated economic analysis 2014′ at a Parliamentary Breakfast.

The latest report found that there is a very substantial cost to the community of Parkinson’s with the total economic cost of Parkinson’s to the community being $9.9b per annum. However, whilst this cost is significant the report also highlights the toll that living with Parkinson’s takes on those that have this condition. Parkinson’s Australia believes that there are many opportunities open to the Commonwealth and States to both improve the quality of lives of people living with Parkinson’s and to achieve the efficiencies that will reduce the cost of Parkinson’s to the community.

A video was also screened for the first time at the launch which shows the the real cost of Parkinson’s to those that live with this condition every day.

Living with Parkinsons Sept 2015 Living with Parkinsons Sept 2015 (99698 KB)

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Statement in Parliament

Melissa Park, Federal Member for Fremantle, Western Australia made a statement yesterday in the Federal parliament about the launch of the latest edition of the ‘Living with Parkinson’s Disease: An updated economic analysis 2014′. A video of  of the statement is available below.

Statement by Hon Melissa Parke MP Statement by Hon Melissa Parke MP (6123 KB)

Ms PARKE (Fremantle) (13:30): It was a privilege to attend a breakfast event this morning hosted by Parkinson’s Australia to mark the launch of the Deloitte report titled Living with Parkinson’s disease: an updated economic analysis 2014. It was very moving to listen to Bettina Clayton-Greene, an extraordinary woman and former registered nurse, about her experience of living with Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s affects nearly 70,000 Australians. It is the most common major-movement disorder and is second only to dementia in terms of neurodegenerative conditions. Thirty-two new cases are diagnosed every day and approximately 12,000 people will be diagnosed in the course of this year.

One of the issues that has been raised is the value of having more nurses with specific training in caring for people with Parkinson’s. This would make a significant difference to the quality of care in hospitals, aged-care facilities and in the home. I am glad to say that Western Australia took an important step in this direction in 1998 by establishing a team of Parkinson’s nurse specialists. This public health service innovation was the first of its kind in Australia, and the current team of eight Parkinson’s nurse specialists do vital work in making home visits in both the metropolitan area and in the South West. It is now regarded as a best practice model, and I would hope it can be expanded and widened in scope to cover other parts of Australia.

I am very grateful to Parkinson’s Australia for their work in gathering evidence to guide Australia’s approach to better caring for those with Parkinson’s disease, for advocating the kinds of programs and measures that will make a difference in the lives of those affected and their families, and for promoting research into this terrible disease.


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