PQI Team Exhibits at Pharmacists Professional Conference – @APP2018
Your Parkinson’s Queensland team of Rachel Jeffrey, Fiona Webb and Board member Dr Lesley van Schoubroeck supported by Pharmacy Students from Griffith University, QUT and UQ, and volunteers have mounted a display at this year’s Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference on the Gold Coast over the four days from 3-6 May 2018.
Community pharmacies and their pharmacists, play a major role in the delivery of health services to many Australians who are living with Parkinson’s. We all know and trust our local ‘chemist’. Often pharmacies are the first point of contact, especially in rural and regional areas. Pharmacists and their staff play an important role in recognising the signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s and are usually the most accessible health service available to People affected by Parkinson’s.
The local pharmacy is a fundamental safe haven for health advice, comfort and service.
Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurological condition in Australia and yet it remains one of the least understood. In Australia there are in excess of 70,000 people diagnosed with Parkinson’s; more than 17,000 of these (24.3%) live in Queensland. That equates to more than 700,000 Australians impacted by Parkinson’s right now; 53% of those diagnosed are male and 47% female. Someone in Australia is diagnosed with Parkinson’s every 47 minutes, that’s 32 each day. There are 11500 new cases each year. Of those living with Parkinson’s 12,000 are of working age, 2300 are aged in their 30’s and 40’s and 82% are over 65 years of age. Sadly, over 8500 are in care facilities. These may appear simply as numbers to many but they represent an economic healthcare cost to Australian taxpayers of around $9.9 billion annually.
These are probably the most important reasons why Parkinson’s Queensland Inc is present at this year’s Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) at Broadbeach.
Pharmacists are the key to a better quality of life for People with Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s Queensland believes the local network of pharmacies works well and is vital to the fabric and structure of Australian society. Community pharmacies provide a fair, equitable and accessible healthcare service to all.
- While this is a national conference with pharmacists and presenters attending from across Australasia it is held on the Gold Coast for reasons we locals understand well. Parkinson’s Queensland is pleased to represent our national peak body, Parkinson’s Australia at this conference.
Photo: Rachel Jeffrey and Fiona Webb show off PQI’s Booth.