Parkinson's Awareness Week 2019

Parkinson’s Awareness Week is just weeks away and we have quite a programme of events lined up all over the country – largely thanks to the hard work of our local branch committees. There is also still time to book

a ticket for the online Insight into Parkinson’s Summit 2019 which has world-renowned speakers and people living with PD delivering talks over three days April 11-13.

Unfortunately, we have not secured any core government funding and there is still a genuine shortage of PD Nurse Specialists outside Dublin so we’re asking members and their families and friends from all over the country to

join us in a national protest outside Leinster House as we take to the streets again at 12 noon on World Parkinson’s Day, Thursday 11th April. To make our voices heard, please join us there and highlight the real needs of the Parkinson’s community in Ireland. As you’ll see in this programme, the focus for most of Awareness Week is on cities and towns all around the country  where there will be Unity Walks, Awareness-raising or social events. It takes hard work to organise these and my sincere thanks goes to every branch committee and volunteer helping to make these events happen.

Later this month in Cork we’ll have the first of our Education Seminars for nurses, nurse specialists, and Specialist Registrars to improve their knowledge of Parkinson’s and the needs of patients with the condition. three further seminars will take place in Dublin in April and October.

In the meantime, may I wish everyone all the best with their Awareness Week plans. Check out what’s going on in your county and get involved!

Paula Gilmore

Chief Executive.




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