Allied Health Team Training for Parkinson's Disease and Other Movement Disorders

Allied Health Team Training for Parkinson’s Disease and Other Movement Disorders
Santiago, Chile – November 30-December 2, 2017

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Course Co-Directors

Pedro Chana-Cuevas, MD - CETRAM - Movement Disorders Center, School of Medicine, Faculty of Medical Science, University of Santiago Chile (Santiago, Chile)

Daniela Albuquerque, OT - CETRAM - Movement Disorders Center, Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medical Science, University of Santiago Chile (Santiago, Chile)

Allied Health Team Training for Parkinson’s Disease and Other Movement Disorders takes place in Santiago, Chile, November 30-December 2, 2017.Course Description

The Allied Health Team Training for Parkinson’s disease is a three-day course designed by the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society Pan American Section (MDS-PAS) to increase knowledge about Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, to build capacity for comprehensive inter-professional care in the treatment of those diseases. An interdisciplinary faculty of senior movement disorder specialists taught this program.

Day 1: Comprised an introduction to the disability of Parkinson’s disease from medical to social approaches related to the Latin American perspective. This also included a Parkinson’s disease update; neuropsychiatric symptoms and management; parkinsonian syndromes; and a session on inter-professional team care.

Day 2: Featured Huntington’s disease and Ataxia updates. The afternoon began with thematic presentations related to the activities and participation that are affected in those with movement disorders, from an interdisciplinary, situational, and culturally respectful perspective. The topics are related to human movement, the capacity for self-determination, nutrition and communication, in the context of these movement disorders.

Day 3: Continuing with the topics related to activities and participation, from Day 1 and 2. The topic on assistive technologies for persons with movement disorders was discussed. Subsequently, the groups were divided by discipline to develop strategies together with their peers and supported by people with movement disorders. At the end of the day the group met again to reflect on interdisciplinary systematization and strengthening of teamwork. 

Recommended Audience

This course is intended for nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, social workers, psychologists, neurologists and general physician’s assistants, the majority of whom already have some experience with the management of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, and are interested in further education and collaboration.

Course Language

The course was presented in Spanish with some lectures in English, as noted in the program. 

Learning Objectives
  • Participate effectively as an interdisciplinary or inter-professional team member;
  • Identify challenges associated with Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Ataxia, and side effects of medication;
  • Support a person with Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and their care partners in self-management;
  • Describe the unique and complementary role of each discipline in your care team;
  • Identify strategies for building inter-professional networks and community partnerships 
CME Accreditation

This course did not provide Continuing Medical Education Credits (CME).


Universidad De Santiago de Chile, en el Espacio Isidora Aguirre ubicado en Las Sophoras 175 Estación Central.


MDS is able to provide participants with a Letter of Support and any course-related documentation needed to assist in obtaining a visa. Please note that MDS is unable to contact the Embassy on your behalf. It is the responsibility of each participant to make the necessary arrangements related to this process. However, if the official handling your application needs further clarification, please have them contact Allie Oakley, Education Coordinator, at