Help improve Parkinson’s support

As part of her thesis, she is seeking up to 15 volunteers willing to discuss how they reacted to their partner’s diagnosis.

‘Partners are in a unique position to provide first-hand information about what it is like to go through the diagnosis with their spouse, what was helpful and unhelpful at the time,’ she said.

‘The period around diagnosis is often the first time partners have engaged with healthcare professionals about Parkinson’s disease.

‘There is a lack of research focusing on this period, particularly around the needs of partners.

‘Finding out what is important to partners at this stage will (ensure) more effective services in the future.’

One-on-one interviews take about an hour. Call Helen on 0438 899 748.