Evaluation of a new evidence based outpatient program for Parkinson’s disease.

Ms Kim Eckersley1, Mr Scott MacMillan1, Ms Jessica Mao1, Mr Dylan Mercieca1

1North Eastern Rehabilitation Centre, Ivanhoe, Australia


Title: Evaluation of a new evidence based outpatient program for Parkinson’s disease.

Aim: To evaluate the outcomes of a new evidence based interdisciplinary health and wellbeing program for people living with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease.

Method: Data was collected and analysed for our new eight week exercise and wellbeing program for Parkinson’s disease. Allied health clinicians delivered intensive strength and strategy training, falls prevention education and provided social support for three hours per visit, twice weekly. Groups consisted of 4-8 people and were located at North Eastern Rehabilitation Centre.

Results: There was increased patient confidence in analysis and management of their own falls risk, increased confidence implementing movement and risk management strategies in the community, improved symptom management, and reduced objective falls risk. Data from questionnaires (FES-1, PDQ-39), objective testing (UPDRS, TUG, 6 metre walk test) and patient satisfaction forms uniformly showed positive and clinically significant improvements for the patients that attended the program.

Significance of the findings to allied health: Current results indicate potential for intensive multi-disciplinary training to improve health and wellbeing in people living with Parkinson’s disease. A larger randomised trial is required to confirm results.


Allied Health clinicians at North Eastern Rehabilitation Centre with a special interest in the management of Parkinson’s Disease.