Overview of Movement Disorders for Physicians, Nurses and Allied Health Professionals
Richard Walker, MD and Louise Ebenezer, MSc, RGN, PDNS
The Overview of Movement Disorders for Physicians, Nurses and Allied Health Professionals (AHP) is a concurrent three day program for physicians and five day program for nurses and AHPs. The first ever MDS course in Tanzania aims to provide an overview of movement disorders diagnosis and treatment during joint and individualized sessions for health professionals of Eastern Africa.
Physician education will feature lectures on basic science, genetics, diagnosis and differential diagnosis. Nursing education will feature sessions on drug-treatment, management of movement disorders symptoms, and local health beliefs. They will also have the opportunity to see local patients to gain an insight into what living with Parkinson’s disease is like.
The faculty includes clinicians and nurses from continental Africa and Europe with backgrounds in Movement Disorders and general neurology.
Accepted participants will be responsible for the cost of course registration ($20 USD). Course materials, airfare/booking and venue/hotel accommodations to attend the course will be arranged and provided by MDS.
1. Improved diagnosis, and differential diagnosis, of movement disorders
2. Appropriate use of locally available, and affordable medication for movement disorders
3. Increased involvement of the multidisciplinary team including nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists
4. Ability to access appropriate information for patients and carers and local adaptation of this where necessary
5. Mutual collaboration and support with other healthcare professionals throughout East Africa
Nurses and AHPs
1. Recognize the clinical presentation, management and progression of Parkinson’s disease (PD)
2. Identify and explain the management of both motor and non-motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease (PD)
3. Describe treatment and management approaches throughout the four stages of the disease trajectory
4. Understand the pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments in Parkinson’s disease (PD)
5. Critically discuss the role of the PD Nurse Specialist (PDNS) in the management of PD-related conditions
6. Understand the difference in roles of the multi-disciplinary team members in managing Parkinson’s disease (PD)
Medical professionals already involved in the care of people with PD. Particular focus on people in education and training positions that can pass on their learning, eg nursing schools. Ideally nurses will attend with doctors from the same institution to encourage interaction and multidisciplinary working.
Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC)
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 email firstname.lastname@example.org.