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Parkinson’s Awareness Month: Glengarry Private Hospital represented on new national committee

Apr 04, 2022

A Glengarry Private Hospital senior physiotherapist has joined a new Parkinson’s disease (PD) committee to support patients living with the condition.

The National Parkinson’s Disease Advocate Committee promotes the development and maintenance of PD clinical skills, knowledge and intervention at Ramsay Health Care sites across Australia.

The committee was established by the Ramsay Specialist Matters Expert Panel in neurology for Ramsay Health Care members to form a national multi-disciplinary network of PD site advocates.

Senior physiotherapist Polly Tate said she is proud to be the advocate for Glengarry and to strive towards providing the best possible care for patients living with PD.

Mrs Tate said the committee was an exciting initiative where members could learn about the latest research and innovations to help those living with PD.

There have been two meetings to date in the lead-up to Parkinson’s Awareness Month in April.

The aim of Parkinson’s Awareness Month in April is to shine a light on PD and support those living with the condition.

PD is a progressive, degenerative neurological condition that affects a person’s control over their body movements.

It is estimated that more than 70 000 people are living with Parkinson’s in Australia and this number is expected to increase. 1

Mrs Tate said supporting patients with PD is complex because there are many aspects to the condition.

While common symptoms of PD include tremors, rigidity and postural disturbances, there are often ‘invisible symptoms’ such as depression, swallowing difficulties, constipation and dementia.

Mrs Tate said PD specific exercises and equipment can help patients by improving strength, balance, movement control and quality of life.

“Research shows PD specific exercises can slow down the progression of symptoms,” Mrs Tate said.


Glengarry Private Hospital Senior Physiotherapist Polly Tate.