2017 marks 200 years since James Parkinson published his famous essay on the ‘shaking palsy’. So it seems fitting that, on the 28th November, TRACS WA hosted the second CoP focused on assisting people with Parkinson’s disease to function optimally.  

This session was well attended with 42 in the room and 33 sites viewing via video conferencing.TRACS WA partnered with Parkinson’s WA as well as staff from the Parkinson’s Clinic at Osborne Park. Attendees were provided with informative, practical knowledge particularly relating to assessing motor symptoms using the UPDRS, movement dysfunction and the strategies that are used to address these problems, as well as the way these strategies might need to be modified for people with cognitive dysfunction, and the use of environmental cues. The final presentation was on atypical PD syndromes, especially the management of people with supranuclear palsy (PSP). All presenters provided a handout of their presentations which is available on request. TRACS WA also filmed the presentations and we hope to make these available via our website in the new year.

9th November - TRACS WA in Collaboration with the WA Health Directors facilitated a CoP on Developing a Person Centred Care Module Supporting Aboriginal People.  It was a visionary session where there was plenty of open communication and table discussions.  The collaborative team will be working further utilising the feedback from the session to inform development and implementation of this new module. TRACS WA in Collaboration with WA Aboriginal Health are very much looking forward to rolling out his program in 2018- watch this space.