YO conference imageWelcome!

After a successful two day conference in Melbourne in September 2013, the Y@P group launched the following blog. Learn about research, treatment options, future planning, work, relationships, raising children, symptom management and much much more.

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Posted: June 11, 2014
By: Dr Casimir MacGregor
Sociology Researcher, 
Monash University

Monash researchers investigate stem cell ‘tourism’.

Stem cell science has been widely touted as a field of revolutionary possibilities ranging from treating currently incurable diseases to restoring function for individuals with disabilities. CLICK HERE to continue reading…


LET’S TALK ABOUT SEXLet's talk about sex

Posted: February 24, 2014
By: Victor McConvey
Parkinson's Clinical Nurse Consultant 

It’s a bit of a taboo topic, and one that we often feel self-conscious or reluctant about raising with health professionals. However, the physical symptoms of Parkinson’s, combined with changes to sexual desire, may have an impact on your sex life.  CLICK HERE to continue reading…



Posted: December 3, 2013
By: Alisha Chand
Parkinson's Victoria 
Health Team

Depression is a common symptom of Parkinson’s affecting almost half of those diagnosed. In Parkinson’s the cause of depression can be biochemical or psychosocial- or both! The chemical imbalances which occur in the brain in Parkinson’s play a significant role in controlling mood and emotions and this can play a role in the onset of depression. On the other hand being diagnosed with a chronic illness, making significant lifestyle changes and uncertainty as to what the future might hold can also contribute to this. The holiday season particularly can be a difficult time with people feeling sad, lonely or stressed- even when they are surrounded by those that care about them. So if you’re a carer, family member or a friend or someone with Parkinson’s, or you have Parkinson’s yourself it is important to look out for the warning signs of depression these holidays and seek out support. CLICK HERE to continue reading…




Posted: October 31, 2013
By: Amy Peng 
Accredited Practising Dietitian 
and Nutritionist

Ever wondered whether there is a specific diet or types of food you should be eating when you have Parkinson’s? AMY PENG a practising dietitian and nutritionist discusses some of the important considerations to make.

Eating the right food is important for any person but particularly for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) it is essential to maintain the right dietary intake to help manage other potential risks down the track. PD is associated with chronic symptoms including weight loss, swallowing difficulties, dry mouth, constipation and other gastro-intestinal difficulties.  The most important dietary advice for a person with PD is to maintain a healthy, balanced diet, with plenty of fibre and fluids. It’s as simple as that! CLICK HERE to continue reading…




Posted: September 26, 2013
By: Alisha Chand
Parkinson's Victoria 
Health Team

The internet is a hub of information about novel and alternative treatments and therapies for managing or even claiming to cure the symptoms of Parkinson’s. These articles might be backed up with people proclaiming that it definitely works and that they are all fixed! With all the different information out there and some of it often conflicting with what your doctor or neurologist suggests how do you know what is right, what is wrong and what is worth giving a try? CLICK HERE to continue reading…