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Parkinson’s Reconditioning Program 

Parkinson’s Reconditioning Program

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 Aims

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 case conferences.

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?

Our Program:

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 Program Coordinator.

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: 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

  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Dietician
  • 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 before commencement.

  • 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