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PD Warrior: Neuroplasticity in Parkinson's Disease Courses

Updated 6/24/2019

 

PD WarriorPD Warrior is an intensive exercise-based program designed to drive neuroplastic change in people with Parkinson’s disease which operates in nearly 70 locations across 8 countries, online, via an app and social community. It is founded by Melissa McConaghy, FACP, a Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist who has been working with Parkinson's patients for 18 years. Over 2,500 allied 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 the Level 2 course therapists work with volunteer Parkinson's patients. You can purchase the Level 1 Online Course separately or as a bundle with Level 2 which includes a 2 course package discount.

The courses are suitable for physiotherapists, exercise physiologists and occupational therapists with an exercise background. Graduates are welcome. Parkinson's Nurses have also attended the courses for further insight into patient treatment.

Level 2 Workshops
Level 2 Practical Workshop Locations and Dates

UK & NORTHERN IRELAND

LONDON: Saturday 13th July - SOLD OUT
LONDON: Sat 7th September, 9.00am-4:30pm - ONLY 11 SPOTS LEFT
LONDON: Sat 16th November, 9.00am-4:30pm
London courses at The National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, Queen Square
SCOTLAND: Sat 14th September, 9:00am-4:30pm - Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow
WALES: Sat 28th September, 9:00am-4:30pm - Morello Clinic, Newport
COVENTRY: Sat 5th October, 9:00am-4:30pm - UNCW NHS Trust - Only 15 spots left
YORK: Saturday 19th October, 9:00am-4:30pm - York Teaching Hospitals, NHS Trust
BELFAST: October - Date and Location TBC (will be held on a Saturday)

GERMANY

BAD TOELZ: Saturday 22nd September, 9:00am-4:30pm Asklepios Gesundheitszentrum Bad Toelz Klinik fuer Neurologische 

AUSTRALIA

BRISBANE: Saturday 7th July - St Andrews War Memorial Hospital - Sold out
SYDNEY: Saturday 8th September, 9:00am-4:30pm - Only 14 spots left
SYDNEY: November (date on a Saturday TBC), 9:00am-4:30pm
Both Sydney courses at PD WARRIOR Headquarters in St Leonards
PERTH: Saturday 5th October, 9:00am-4:30pm - Physiotherapy Gym, Midland
MELBOURNE: Saturday 26th October, 9:00am-4:30pm - Doncaster Rehabilitation Services, Doncaster

NEW ZEALAND

Level 2 Practical Course will be held in 2020. For more information visit this website.

Level 2 PRACTICAL Workshop Detail:

This intensive exercise-based program is designed to drive neuroplastic change in people with Parkinson’s disease and is essential if you work with people living with PD. It has been designed for Health Professionals with experience in treating people with Parkinson’s Disease and will give you the theoretical and practical skills to apply the core concepts of this intensive and neuro-active exercise approach immediately in clinical practice.

Learn how to improve function, quality of life and long-term exercise behavior 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 7 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 9:00 am 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 disease. You require professional indemnity insurance to participate in this session. Sensitivity and confidentiality are expected.

For more information visit this website.

Level 1 ONLINE Course Detail:

Learn how to improve function, quality of life and long-term exercise behavior in people with Parkinson’s disease.

This online introductory theory 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 L1 ONLINE 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 7 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 behaviors


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.

For more information visit this website.

 

NIH Recruiting Patients with Parkinson's Disease for Research Study

Does N-Acetylcysteine Decrease Spontaneous Oxidation of Central Neural Dopamine in Parkinson's Disease?


Updated 6/24/2019

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 

 

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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