Parkinson’s Disease is a neurological disorder that
affects the nerve cells in the brain that produce
dopamine. Symptoms of Parkinson’s include muscle
rigidity, tremors, and changes in speech and gait. It is
a chronic condition, slowly progressive and the clinical
course differs from patient to patient.
Rehabilitation therapy for Parkinson’s
Evidence is increasing to support the effectiveness of
well-coordinated multidisciplinary therapies. Aerobic and
learning based exercises could be neuroprotective as
well as improving cardiovascular fitness and reducing the
risk of falls. These therapies aim to prolong independent
function and improve quality of life.
Our clinicians bring a comprehensive, multidisciplinary
program. We offer specifically tailored therapies for
people with Parkinson’s Disease. You will play an
important role in setting your goals with our clinicians
and your progress will be reviewed regularly through
What is Parkinson’s disease? What symptoms of the condition could lead me to this program?
What is the Parkinson’s Reconditioning program at HHPH? What is your role within this program?
What does the program involve?
How can the program help a Parkinson’s patient? What outcomes can a PD patient expect to achieve?
What do you love most about your role?
The program involves face to face consultations and group classes for up to 10 weeks. Classes will be a combination of evidence based gym exercises with the Physiotherapist along with education and practical groups with the Occupational Therapist, Speech Pathologist and Dietitian.
Your whole program will be scheduled by our Day
All you need is a referral from your GP or specialist.
Referrals can be sent via our referral pad or letter from
your doctor to the Parkinson’s Reconditioning Program
and faxed to 8876 9436 or email:
email@example.com. Queries please contact Day Rehabilitation Coordinator (02) 8876 9447
Download Referral form
Upon receipt of referral you will be reviewed by the Rehabilitation Physician along with the Parkinsons Allied Health Team consisting of
- Occupational therapy
- Speech Pathologist
- Wear shorts or other comfortable clothes
- Medication you require during the session
If your hospital program is covered by private health
insurance or Veteran’s Affairs, the account will be sent
directly to the relevant organisation. A health fund check
will be completed upon receipt of referral to ensure
coverage. You will be notified of any co-payment or
excess prior to your admission. If it is covered by
Worker’s Compensation or transport accident schemes,
approval must be sought prior to your admission.
Should a patient wish to pay for their treatment
independently, the fee structure will be explained
- Limited free parking is available on site and there is ample parking in adjacent streets.
- Ferry Service – there is a regular ferry service from Circular Quay to Valencia Street wharf. Bus 538 from the wharf stops outside the hospital.
- Regular bus services run from the city.
- For up to the date bus and ferry service information please phone 131 500.
- A transport service is available to pick up and drop off patients within a certain radius. Please make arrangements for this service when booking in
- Community Transport through your local provider