WA Government Provides Support For Parkinson’s Disease Nurses

WA Government Provides Support For Parkinson’s Disease Nurses

Western Australia Minister for Health Kim Hames 

New Nurse And More Visits Available For People With Parkinson’s Disease

Victor P Taffa

Health Minister Kim Hames today announced an additional $90,000 to expand services provided by Parkinson’s Western Australia to people who suffer from the degenerative condition.

Dr. Hames said the additional funding would allow 1,550 more Nursing Hours with a projected 400 more visits to Homes, Nursing Homes and Hospitals this financial year.

The funding boost coincides with the 12th anniversary of the first Parkinson’s Nurse Specialist service, which is part of the 30-year-old support agency.

The funding will be used to add a third full-time Parkinson’s Nurse Specialist to staff.

Parkinson’s Nurse Specialists Perform home visits to people who have the disease, which is a Progressive Neurological Condition affecting movement.

“These specialist nurses improve the quality of life for those who have Parkinson’s disease, as well as providing a support network and education for those with the condition and their families and carers.” the Minister said.

“It means patients can remain in the comfort of their own homes as long as possible, avoiding admissions to hospitals, nursing homes, casualty departments or specialist services.”

The new Nurse Specialist will service the eastern suburbs of Perth and also provide opportunities for telehealth consultations and referrals from general practitioners (GPs) and neurologists in the eastern areas.  The current two nurse specialists service the northern and southern corridors.

The Minister said about 7,000 West Australians had the condition, however the reality was it affected 20,000 people, including carers and family members who play a significant role in the ongoing long-term management of patients.

“For the past 12 years, Parkinson’s WA has provided support to people with this condition, and that number will continue to grow as our population ages.” Dr. Hames said.

“This additional funding is recognition that specialist services like Parkinson’s WA play a crucial role in the ongoing health and wellbeing of West Australians suffering an illness.”

Dr. Hames said Parkinson’s specialist nurses also provided support and education to allied health providers and GPs, particularly in regional areas, who were often involved in the care plan for people with Parkinson’s Disease.

“I congratulate Parkinson’s WA for reaching its milestone 12th birthday and thank the staff and supporters for more than a decade of hard work.” the Minister said.

“I know these additional resources will make a big difference for patients, their carers and supporters.”

“The added capacity to use telehealth will also be of great benefit to patients who are not in the Metropolitan Area.” Dr. Hames said.