"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 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."