Advocating for specialist Parkinson's disease nurses in rural and regional New South Wales

Impact: Quality of life Impact, Social Impact, Economic Impact

Impact summary

In 2017, Parkinson's NSW commissioned Charles Sturt University’s School of Nursing, Midwifery & Indigenous Health to conduct research that builds evidence to support or discount the strategy of placing specialist Parkinson’s disease nurses in rural and remote communities of NSW. The research findings have supported advocacy for specialist Parkinson's nurse positions in New South Wales and Queensland and led to the establishment of new positions on the NSW North Coast, Northern Sydney and the Sunshine Coast. 

The findings from this initial research continue to inform further research projects and engagement with health services and community organisations including: 

* Consultation to Western NSW Primary Health Network in development of a grant application 

* Contract to undertake evaluation of the successful application by the Western NSW Primary Health Care Network (funded by the Department of Health) to undertake a pilot project investigating the feasibility of establishing specialist Movement Disorder Nurses across Western New South Wales. 

* Invitation to speak to the Department of Health Working Party overseeing the four DOH funded pilot projects focused on specialist Movement Disorder Nurses in regional Victoria, Northern Territory and Central Coast/Tamworth region in addition to the Western NSW PHN pilot.

* A five-year ongoing research and consultancy partnership agreement between Parkinson's NSW and Charles Sturt University

Impact date01 Oct 2017
Category of impactQuality of life Impact, Social Impact, Economic Impact
Impact levelBenefit


  • Parkinson's disease
  • Parkinson's NSW
  • advanced practice

Countries where impact occurred

  • Australia
  • Japan