Parkinson’s Australia CEO, Steve Sant, said “at least 800,000 Australians living with Parkinson's, their carers and families are disappointed at governments’ failure to fund much needed Parkinson's Nurse Specialists in the 2018 Federal Budget.
We are sick of the blame game with each level of government saying funding Parkinson’s Nurses are someone else’s responsibility whilst people living with Parkinson's suffer and cannot get the care and support they need and deserve.”
Parkinson's Australia has been calling on the Government to fund 51 Parkinson's Nurse Specialists at a cost of $20m over four years which is a tiny investment compared to the benefits that will accrue. Parkinson’s Nurse Specialists not only improve the quality of life for people living with Parkinson's but actually save the Government money by keeping people living independently in the community, well and out of hospital and residential aged care.
There is some good news in the Budget with $500m funding for a 10 year Genomics Health Futures Mission and $240m over 4 years for a Frontier Health and Medical Research program which will help support some additional Parkinson’s research. Parkinson’s Australia is also calling on the Government to support a Cure Parkinson’s Mission and the fantastic researchers we have in Australia so that we can work to slow, stop and reverse this distressing condition that impacts the lives of those living with Parkinson's, their carers and families.
For more information or to arrange an interview contact Steve Sant, CEO Parkinson’s Australia, M: 0419 770 010
Parkinson's is common progressive degenerative neurological condition that affects more than 80,000 Australians. Parkinson’s symptoms may include muscle rigidity, tremor, postural instability and bradykinesia (slowness of movement). Parkinson's doesn’t just affect movement, other symptoms can include pain, sensory changes, changes in the gastrointestinal system, anxiety/depression, problems with memory and thinking, dementia and sleep disorders.
Parkinson's Australia is the national peak body and charity representing more than 80,000 Australians living with Parkinson’s. We advocate for the needs of the 800,000 people living with Parkinson’s, their families and carers.?