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Tasmania first to launch new initiative to support those living with Parkinson's.

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Senator Carol Brown Labor Senator for Tasmania


Parliamentary Friends of Parkinson's

Tasmania first to launch new initiative to support those living with Parkinson's

In a national first, Senator Carol Brown and Health and Human Services Minister Lara Giddings in partnership with Parkinson's Tasmania today launched a new fundraising initiative aimed directly at increasing support for Tasmanians living with Parkinson's and their families.

The "Party for Parkinson's" initiative encourages Tasmanians to host a party to raise money for people living with Parkinson's and their families.

All money raised in Tasmania will stay in Tasmania and will go to the State’s peak organisation, Parkinson's Tasmania, to help provide information and support to sufferers of the disease and their families.

"In light of the fact that Tasmania has the highest prevalence rate for Parkinson's out of all Australian States and Territories, this initiative is significant in terms of providing direct support for Tasmanians living with Parkinson's and their families" Senator Carol Brown said.

"It was estimated that there are currently around 2500 Tasmanian's living with Parkinson's. Unfortunately, this number is expected to double by 2020." Senator Carol Brown said.

"Support services, such as those provided by Parkinson's Tasmania are essential in helping people and their families come to terms with the difficulties that often arise when living with Parkinson's" Senator Carol Brown said.

Parkinson's Tasmania is run on a purely voluntary basis, and provides essential information and support to people living with Parkinson's and their families.

The Minister for Health and Human Services, Lara Giddings also used the occasion to launch the second edition of the Parkinson's GP Handbook.

Endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners, the manual is the result of collaboration between Parkinson's disease care providers including neurologists, general practitioners, Parkinson's Nurse Specialists and allied health therapists.

Ms Giddings said the manual aims to provide GP's with a concise source of information about the diagnosis and treatment of the disease and will be distributed to all GP's around Tasmania.

“Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurological condition in Australia but its causes are little understood,” Ms Giddings said.

“We need to do more to increase awareness - both in the health system and the broader community - of the challenges and needs of those suffering from this complex and disabling condition.

“The manual launched today will play an important role in helping people throughout the health system to better support and assist Tasmanians living with Parkinson’s,” Ms Giddings said.

**People interested in hosting a "Party for Parkinson's" can register with Parkinson's Tasmania by ringing 6229 2509 or emailing**