Friday, January 25, 2008

Awareness and education about movement disorders:

Are you a health professional looking for continuing professional education activity and networking opportunity in Far North Queensland (FNQ)?

The Atherton Tableland and Cairns Dystonia Support Group invite you to attend a Movement Disorders Symposium offering the opportunity for education and networking.

The symposium is on Wednesday evening April 16th 2008 at The Colonial Club Conference Centre, Lockhart Room and Lockhart verandah, Behan Street entrance, Cairns.

This exciting event brings together an expert panel of speakers discussing a range of movement disorders including,

. options for referral and treatment,

. recent research outcomes in Australia, Britain and the United States of America and,

. bio-psycho-social effects of movement disorders on patients in FNQ.

The Symposium commences at 6.30 P.M. for registration, pre-dinner drinks, canap├ęs and trade displays on the Lockhart Verandah. At 7 P.M. we move through to the dining room for dinner, our guest speakers’ presentations and panel discussion.

It is with great pleasure we are able to provide this evening free of charge to our medical community thanks to very generous educational grants by Allergan Australia and Ipsen Pty Ltd.

The above mentioned educational grants enable our local health professionals to continue their professional education in the areas of neurological movement disorders.

Principal speaker:

Dr John O'Sullivan. Department of Neurology, The Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. Brisbane

The following speakers are also confirmed:

Ms Karen O'Maley. R.N., C.N.C.. Department of Neurology, The Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. Brisbane

Ms. Maree Brockey. Multiple Sclerosis Society of Queensland - Brisbane.

Ms Gail Rogers. Cairns Speech Pathology Clinic.

Ms Suzanne Bayliss. Atherton Tableland and Cairns Dystonia Support Group.

In addition to the above speakers, additional professional people are available on a discussion panel.

Further speakers will be advertised as they confirm attendance.

For your information and interest, specific goals for the event are:

a. to present the opportunity for the medical / health professional community in FNQ to increase their knowledge from specialists regarding movement disorders,

b. to communicate with the medical / health professional community in FNQ educational and promotional material specific to movement disorders,

c. to establish a network of medical / health professionals in FNQ interested in movement disorders,

d. to establish a Movement Disorders network / support group in FNQ,

e. to increase support from the community by raising awareness of movement disorders,

f. to increase resources for individuals to access,

· timely referrals

· specialist assessments

· management services

· appropriate equipment and support.

For further information please telephone:

Atherton Tableland: Maureen Slocum. (07) 4091 7137.

Cairns: Sue Bayliss. (07) 4032 4033 or 04076 24578.

If you are a person with a diagnosed neurological movement disorder and would like to know more about this event or about our support group please contact me.

Sue Bayliss. Cairns, Australia.


Megan from Imaginif said...

Shall I put this into our Feb newsletter?

Sue Bayliss said...

Thank you, Megan. We (support group members) appreciate your offer. Yes, please do include this article in your newsletter for February. This opportunity will enable us to reach another population of people who may wish to take advantage of the informative and educational symposium.