Professional Development Awards to Parkinson’s Engaged Health and Allied Health Professionals

A first for Parkinson’s Queensland.

At its mid-year meeting, PQI’s Management Committee agreed to provide financial assistance for a Queensland based healthcare professionals from within the disciplines as diverse as Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses (all levels), Endorsed Enrolled Nurses, Enrolled nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists and Dieticians to attend or complete a Parkinson’s related conference, course, symposium, forum or other similar educational opportunity, whether it be domestic or international during the 2018-19 financial year.

The success of this financial year’s round of seven grant awards across a variety of eligibilities has given encouragement to Parkinson’s Queensland to continue and perhaps increase its involvement in the program. It was pleasing to note the applications from and awards to those from regional Queensland reflecting PQI’s strategic interest in developing its involvement as it grows its member base and encourages more support groups.

This week awards were announced for the following applicants:

Ms Jennifer KIRCHNER MPT, Physiotherapist, Maroochydore, to undertake a PD Warrior Module, and
Ms Rachael WHITE RN, Neurology Nurse, Townsville, to assist with attendance at WPC2019, Kyoto, Japan.

Mark Hindle 
Chief Executive Officer

PQI’s Chief Executive Officer, Mark Hindle, said ‘While there is still much to be achieved by Parkinson’s Queensland to engage, collaborate, and assist Queensland healthcare professionals as they go about their tasks in improving the quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s, this award was regarded as a strong start that will form part of a new approach towards encouraging professional development, awards and grants into the future. It would have been good to have received more interest from this important group of health professionals but, as a first the quality of application was high which augurs well for future grant opportunities’ he observed.

PQI sees this grant opportunity as a positive step towards encouraging greater engagement with health care professionals working with people and their communities living with Parkinson’s.

Congratulations to our awardees.

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