NSLHD News October 8

District staff meet Parkinson’s NSW staff for the signing of the memorandum of understanding at Hornsby Hospital

PARKINSON’S nurse – a first for NSLHD In a first for the district, a Parkinson’s disease nurse will be located at Hornsby Ku-ring- gai Hospital under a new partnership with Parkinson’s NSW. The significant partnership means a

specialist nurse who will work with medical practitioners across multiple disciplines, have access to medical records and resources, and enjoy the benefits of peer support and ongoing professional development. “There is an undersupply of nurses in Australia with the skills and specialised training required to support people like myself who are living with Parkinson’s,” David said. “There are also long waiting lists for neurologists who specialise in movement disorders – which makes the need for more of these nurses even more critical. “Therefore Parkinson’s NSW regards the appointment of every Parkinson’s Specialist Nurse as a breakthrough for our community – and we delighted that Hornsby Hospital and the Northern Sydney Local Health District are enabling that breakthrough by signing a memorandum of understanding with us.”

dedicated nurse will work part-time with patients in the rehabilitation and aged care wards who live with Parkinson’s. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed at Hornsby Hospital recently with Chief Executive Deb Willcox attending with David Veness, President of Parkinson’s NSW, and Chief Executive Jo-Anne Reeves. “I am delighted that our district will now have a specialist nurse who can support people living with Parkinson’s disease,” Deb said. “By having the nurse located at Hornsby, our patients and community will benefit directly from having specialised skills co-located with other medical professionals.” Under the MOU, Parkinson’s NSW and the district share the funding for a Parkinson’s STEPTEMBER VICTORY Northern Sydney Local Health District has topped the local health district leader board in this year’s Steptember challenge clocking in more than 187 million steps and raising more than $67,400 for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. In its fifth year undertaking the event, the

district saw 776 keen steppers take on the challenge to hit 10,000 steps per day for 28 days in September. The funds raised support a wide range of initiatives to help people living with cerebral palsy to live their best lives. Congratulations to everyone who took part!



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