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PD Warrior: Neuroplasticity in Parkinson's Disease Courses

Updated 1/24/2019

PD Warrior is an intensive exercise-based program designed to drive neuroplastic change in people with Parkinson’s disease which operates in nearly 60 locations across 5 countries and online. It is founded by Melissa McConaghy, FACP, a Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist who has been working with Parkinson's patients for 17 years. Over 1,500 health professionals have been trained on PD Warrior courses.

The program starts with Level 1 Introductory Online Theory (15 hours) which progresses into a one day Level 2 Practical Workshop. To provide the best experience of delivering the concepts, during L2 therapists work with volunteer Parkinson's patients. 

The courses are suitable for physiotherapists, exercise physiologists and occupational therapists with an exercise background. Graduates are welcome.

LEVEL 1 & LEVEL 2 Practical Course Bundle
2019 dates for the practical workshops are as follows:

 

UK

London, England – Saturday 9th February (9am – 4:30pm)
Therapy Outpatient Department, 1st Floor, Albany Wing, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London, WC1N3BG

Macclesfield, England — Saturday 9th March, 9am–4.30pm
Physiotherapy Gym, Macclesfield District, General Hospital, Victoria Road, Macclesfield, SK10 3BL 

Bristol, England - Saturday 4th May, 9am–4.30pm
West of England MS Therapy Centre, Bradbury House, Wheatfield Dr, Bradley Stoke, Bristol BS32 9DB, UK

London, England — Saturday 13th July, 9am–4.30pm
Therapy Outpatient Department, 1st Floor, Albany Wing, The National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, Queen Square LONDON WC1N3BG

London, England — Saturday 7th September, 9am–4.30pm
Therapy Outpatient Department, 1st Floor, Albany Wing, The National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, Queen Square LONDON WC1N3BG

Glasgow, Scotland — Saturday 14th September, 9am–4.30pm
Physiotherapy Department, Gartnavel General Hospital, 1053 Great Western Road, Glasgow G12 OYN

Newport, Wales— Saturday 28th September, 9am–4.30pm
Morello Clinic, Nelson House, Langstone Business Park, Newport NP182LH

Coventry, England – Saturday 5th October, 9am–4.30pm
Rehabilitation Unit, Therapy Department, Wisdem Centre, UHCW NHS Trust, Coventry, CV2 2DX.

York, England – October 2019 (date & venue TBC, will occur on a Saturday)

London, England — Saturday 16th November, 9am–4.30pm
Therapy Outpatient Department, 1st Floor, Albany Wing, The National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, Queen Square LONDON WC1N3BG


AUSTRALIA

Sydney, Australia – Sunday 17th February, 9am–4.30pm
PD WARRIOR Headquarters - Advance Rehab Centre, 3/41 Herbert St, St Leonards, Sydney 2065

Sydney, Australia - Sunday 5th May, 9am–4.30pm
PD WARRIOR Headquarters - Advance Rehab Centre, 3/41 Herbert St, St Leonards, Sydney 2065

Melbourne, Australia - Saturday 18th May, 9am – 4:30pm
Doncaster Hospital Rehabilitation Services Cassia House Building at Mannacare 371 Manningham Road Doncaster, Victoria 3108

Perth, Australia - May 2019
Hollywood Private Hospital, Monash Ave, Nedlands WA 6009

Brisbane Australia -  Sunday 7th July (9am – 4:30pm)
St Andrews War Memorial Hospital, Inpatient Rehabilitation Gym, Level 3, 457 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill

Adelaide, Australia - 1st Half 2019 (date & venue TBC, will occur on a Saturday)

Melbourne, Australia -  Saturday 26th October, 9am – 4:30pm
Doncaster Hospital Rehabilitation Services Cassia House Building at Mannacare 371 Manningham Road Doncaster, Victoria 3108


NEW ZEALAND

Auckland, New Zealand - Sunday 10th March, 9am – 4:30pm
Auckland University of Technology Sports & Fitness Centre, AUT North Campus, AH Building, 90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote, Auckland 0627

Wellington, New Zealand –August 2019 (date & venue TBC, will occur on a Saturday)


IRELAND

Dublin, Ireland - Saturday 22th June, 9am–4.30pm
Mater Misericordiae University Hospital,  Eccles St, Inns Quay, Dublin, D07 R2WY, Ireland

Belfast, Northern Ireland – October 2019 (date & venue TBC, will occur on a Saturday)
 

MAKE AN IMPACT WITH PD WARRIOR

ONLINE & PRACTICAL COURSE BUNDLE

This intensive exercise-based program designed to drive neuroplastic change in people with Parkinson’s which operates in nearly 63 locations in 8 countries. This is an opportunity for you to be a part of something profound. PD Warrior courses have already been undertaken by over 2,000 Health Professionals from 15 countries & the program has treated thousands of patients. 

This course is ESSENTIAL if you work with people living with Parkinson's & was developed by Founder, Melissa McConaghy, FACP. Mel has been working with PD patients for 18 years and is 1 of only 7 Specialist Neurological Physiotherapists in Australia. You can read more about Mel further below.

The course has been designed for Health Professionals with experience in treating people with Parkinson’s Disease & will give you the theoretical and practical skills to apply the core concepts of this intensive & neuro-active exercise approach IMMEDIATELY in clinical practice.

Learn how to improve function, quality of life and long-term exercise behaviour by building on your knowledge of assessment, exercise prescription and motivational coaching.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN FROM THIS COURSE:

  • The latest evidence underpinning intensive and neuro-active exercise prescription
  • The pathophysiology of Parkinson’s disease
  • How to tailor exercise effectively for the three different types of Parkinson’s disease
  • The seven core principals of neuroplasticity and how to implement them effectively
  • How to deliver the 10 Core Exercises and how to create your own exercise portfolio
  • How to create an enriched and motivating exercise environment
  • Learn how to empower your patients and create long-term exercise behaviours
  • How to assess and treat someone throughout the various stages of Parkinson’s disease

 

Level 2 is a PRACTICAL WORKSHOP and can only be completed after successful completion of Level 1 Introductory Theory.

The Level 2 course is a progression and implementation of the introductory theory learned in Level 1. It is expected that you complete the Level 1 module BEFORE attending the Level 2 Practical Workshop. Level 2 can be purchased as a bundle with Level 1 or separately at your discretion.

The practical workshop is delivered face to face and runs from 9am to 4.30pm. You are expected to participate in the exercise component and come dressed and prepared to exercise HARD! If you have any injuries or restrictions on exercise please advise your trainer.

To give you the best experience of delivering the concepts of PD Warrior, you will be working with patients who have Parkinson’s. You require professional indemnity insurance to participate in this session. Sensitivity and confidentiality are expected.

LEVEL 1

MAKE AN IMPACT WITH PD WARRIOR

ONLINE THEORY COURSE

This intensive exercise-based program designed to drive neuroplastic change in people with Parkinson’s which operates in nearly 63 locations in 8 countries. This is the opportunity for you to be a part of something profound. PD Warrior courses have already been undertaken by over 2,000 Health Professionals from 15 countries & the program has treated thousands of patients. 

This course is ESSENTIAL if you work with people living with Parkinson's & was developed by Founder, Melissa McConaghy, FACP. Mel has been working with PD patients for 17 years and is 1 of only 7 Specialist Neurological Physiotherapists in Australia. You can read more about Mel further below.

This course has been designed for health professionals with an interest in treating people with Parkinson’s. Learn how to improve function, quality of life and long-term exercise behaviour in people with Parkinson’s disease.

This course will give you the foundations to apply the core concepts of this intensive and neuro-active exercise approach immediately in your sessions.

Get up-to-date on the latest evidence showing the importance of exercise and why effective prescription is so important.

 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN FROM THIS COURSE:

  • The latest evidence underpinning intensive and neuro-active exercise prescription
  • The pathophysiology of Parkinson’s
  • How to tailor exercise effectively for the three different types of Parkinson’s
  • The seven core principals of neuroplasticity and how to implement them effectively
  • How to create an enriched and motivating exercise environment
  • Learn how to empower your patients and create long-term exercise behaviours
     

This course is conducted ONLINE only and comprises FIVE modules. Each module includes webinar content, literature, and a quiz. You should expect this course to take around 15 hours to complete. This course is a pre-requisite to completing the Level 2 Practical Workshop Course.

 

NIH Recruiting Patients with Parkinson's Disease for Research Study

Posted 3/16/2018

The National Institutes of Health (the NIH) has a new research study seeking patients who have PD, are on an MAO inhibitor, and are not on levodopa.

The purpose of the study is to find out if a drug called N-acetylcysteine (NAC) might be beneficial, by decreasing damage caused by oxidative stress in dopamine neurons in the brain. For more information, visit the Protocol website (NIH Protocol No. 17-N-0076) or call +1 (800) 411-1222. 

 

Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program

Posted 2/23/2018

Do you know nursing professors who would like to learn about Parkinson's disease?

The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson's Foundation has announced program sites and dates for 2018.  

This program educates nurse faculty on the complexities of care for the Parkinson's disease patient and family.  In turn, faculty can educate nursing students on evidenced based current information, and in fact, over 20,000 student nurses are now graduating from school with knowledge of Parkinson's disease.

Nurse faculty who teach geriatrics, adult health, gero-psych, neurology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, chronic care, and community health would benefit from this program. A 40-nursing contact hour approved course, the program provides didactics and mentored clinical time with patients. Scholars also attend a Parkinson's support group and complete an independent project leading to the 40 hours and a stipend of $2,000 provided by the Safra Foundation.

Programs this year will be held in Ohio, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Arizona, Alabama, and New York.  We welcome US and international nurse faculty. Scholars who travel to a program would be responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.  
 
Please visit the website, and refer potential nurse faculty candidates to: www.ParkinsonsNursing.com 

 

1st AMPARO Workshop: First year of activities of the NeuroMat network to educate people with Parkinson's disease

Posted 10/23/2017

The Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics has a network to promote the collaboration of people living with Parkinson's disease, families and health professionals to face clinical and research challenges associated with Parkinson’s disease. This initiative, called AMPARO in Portuguese, is coordinated by the NeuroMat investigator, Maria Elisa Pimentel Piemonte, a physical therapist and professor at the University of São Paulo in Brazil.

In its first year of activities, AMPARO offered 12 lectures for people with Parkinson's disease, their care partner and family about important issues an improve the quality of life. In parallel, AMPARO offered 12 lectures for health professionals about the interprofessional care in PD. All lectures are available on the AMPARO website and their key points are being published in the AMPARO Book 2017.

As part of celebration of first year of activities, AMPARO promoted its 1st AMPARO Workshop on November 2-3 in São Paulo, Brazil. The main purpose of this event was to build capacity for comprehensive interprofessional care in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease through state-of-the-art lectures and interactive multidisciplinary breakout lectures offered by Brazilian experts in PD. The audience included neurologists and allied health professionals.

For more information, contact Prof. Maria Pimentel Piemonte.

 

Filmmakers Looking for Job Seekers With Neurological and Movement Disorders

Documentary producers at Optomen USA are looking for people with neurological conditions and movement disorders such as Tourette Syndrome who would like our assistance finding employment on the documentary TV series "Employable Me." EmployableMe seeks to prove that having a neurological condition or disability can be viewed as an asset rather than an obstacle in the workplace. High profile companies and brands are beginning to discover the benefits of recruiting from the ranks of those whose “brains are wired differently.”

The job-seekers selected to appear on our documentary series will be encouraged to unlock their hidden talents with the help of experts and specialists so they can at long last find a job that best suits their unique skill sets and strengths. Please visit our series page to view episodes of our TV series. A diverse workforce can be great for a business and Employable Me wants to dramatically shake up the system to prove it.

Contact Liz.Alderman@OptomenUSA.com for more information on how to be considered for this opportunity. 

 

Tourettes Action Offers Non-Financial Support to Researchers and Students for Studies

Interested in conducting Tourette Syndrome research? Tourettes Action (UK) offers non-financial support to researchers/research students wishing to recruit people for their research studies.

Tourette Syndrome is an inherited neurological condition causing involuntary and uncontrollable motor and vocal tics which can be painful, disabling and affect the quality of life of over 300,000 people in the United Kingdom.

There are many ways we can help to publicize your research project (newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, forums, email etc). Please contact Tourettes Action Research Manager Seonaid Anderson at Seonaid@tourettes-action.org.uk for more information. 

 

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