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Support Group Leader and Parkinson’s Advocate to attend World Conference in Japan

Parkinson’s Queensland is delighted to announce that Mrs Ruth Coleman, Support Group Leader from Townsville, has been awarded a grant to assist her to attend the World Parkinson’s Congress in Kyoto, Japan (WPC2019) in June next year.

PQI’s CEO, Mark Hindle said that ‘Ruth Coleman was a sub-committee member arranging the GEOPD2017 Consortium in Cairns, hosted and presented at the ‘Newly Diagnosed Forum’ held in Townsville in 2018, has been a member of ManCom for several years, a strong advocate for people affected by Parkinson’s in regional Queensland and; is herself a person living with Parkinson’s.  Additionally, Ruth Coleman has demonstrated that she is a proactive leader in a Group that is regionally supportive and with growing membership.’

WPC2019 will unite the global Parkinson community for a high-level, scientific, and educational programs it provides unique opportunities for delegates to learn about the latest developments in the field of Parkinson’s disease and to meet some of the world’s leaders across the Parkinson’s space from researchers, clinicians, and patient advocates.

At its mid-year meeting, Parkinson’s Queensland’s Management Committee agreed to fund one award of up to a maximum of five thousand Australian dollars including taxes; to assist one Support Group Coordinator or Carer from within Queensland to attend WPC2019. On this occasion, there were no applications from Carers

In her submission Ruth commented…

‘To be told you have Parkinson’s is devastating and to live with it every day is quite challenging, so to be able to listen to the world’s best tell us the latest scientific discoveries, medical practices, and care initiatives, as a person living with Parkinson’s is invaluable to me, and I am extremely thrilled to think that I might actually get to do this.

‘As the Townsville Parkinson’s Support Group Coordinator I place strong emphasis on supporting people to live well with Parkinson’s, to empathize with those newly diagnosed and encourage them, including their families, carers and friends, to join a Support Group, to be able to interact with like-minded people.  I would willingly share this experience, information, and knowledge with them, with other support groups of PQI, and beyond. 

‘To be able to interact socially with other people with Parkinson’s, their families, their Carers or the many Health Professionals would be amazing and really quite exciting.

(PQI) believes in the importance of supporting those who are living with Parkinson’s and is aware that many members, carers, families and supporters travel to the triennial World Parkinson’s Congresses to gain information and support from some of the world’s leading experts on Parkinson’s. That was a key reason why PQI introduced its Conference Travel Support program reinforcing the importance of the role of Support Groups and Carers within the Parkinson’s community to governments.

Congratulations to Ruth Coleman on her award. We know she will represent the Queensland Parkinson’s community well and we look forward to receiving her reports on her return.

Parkinson’s Queensland plans to continue the program into the future.

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