Health Professionals (Non-Physician) Special Interest Group co-hosts
Summer School for Physiotherapists
Mariella Graziano, Physiotherapist BSc (Hons)
Health Professionals Special Interest Group Webpage Editor
This past July, MDS Health Professionals participated in the first Summer School for Physiotherapy for People with Parkinson’s disease in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. The Summer School was developed in collaboration between MDS-European Section and ParkinsonNet to further increase Parkinson-specific expertise among physiotherapists, through interactions with experts in the field and each other.
We welcome the participants in this first Summer School, from 22 different countries into MDS membership and look forward to their participation in the Health Professionals Special Interest Group. Going forward we will plan to work collaboratively with interested co-sponsoring organizations in other sections of the MDS to bring multidisciplinary Summers Schools to more regions around the world.
On behalf of the MDS Health Professionals (Non-Physician) Special Interest Group (SIG), the group warmly welcomes their new chair, Ruth Hagestuen, RN, MA, of the USA. Ruth’s vast professional experience in the care of people with Parkinson’s and in particular in Interdisciplinary Teams for Parkinson’s disease and related movement disorders is an asset for the SIG.
We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Prof. Meg Morris, PhD, of Australia, who has served as Chair of the Health Professional (Non Physicians) SIG from June 2011 until June 2013. Prof. Morris has been an outstanding chair for our group and under her leadership we saw membership grow to 220 members. In addition, due to her leadership, the Health Professionals saw a growing number of multidisciplinary team sessions at the 2013 International Congress in Sydney. Her initiatives to incorporate state-of-the-art interactive lectures at the special sessions for health professionals (Non Physicians) attracted a higher number of participants at both Congresses in Dublin 2012 and Sydney 2013.
Currently, we are looking forward to working with the Society’s Web Editorial Board to provide input into the redesign of the MDS website. We hope to see the new website come to light by June 2014.
The Health Professionals SIG webpage will provide visitors not only with articles on topics of interest in our field, but also book reviews on various subjects pertaining to the multidisciplinary field of movement disorders healthcare, links to other conferences and workshops, updates on the International Congress, and much more. We are also on the MDS Facebook group page and invite you to join us on this social media channel.
Next year, the 18th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders will take place in Stockholm June 8-12. Keep the date in your busy agendas. We look forward to meeting you in Sweden!