Living Well Program

Parkinson's Disease

This program assists people with Parkinson’s disease and other related neurological conditions to learn strategies to stay strong, move easily, prevent falls and adopt a healthy lifestyle. This multi-disciplinary, evidence based program focusses on positive ways to live well.

Program aims to:

  • Strengthen muscles
  • Improve mobility
  • Improve balance
  • Prevent falls
  • Enable people to adopt a healthy lifestyle
  • Improve wellbeing.

Program Description

  • Twice weekly for eight weeks, outpatient program
  • 1.5 hours per session
  • Six to 10 people in each class.

People with Parkinson’s disease will be admitted if their neurologist or referring doctor has identified a change in health, mobility, balance, movement or falls that requires short-term outpatient physical therapy. Each person will be assessed by a medical practitioner and a physiotherapist prior to admission to the outpatient program to establish their safety to exercise and their potential for strengthening, falls reduction and movement rehabilitation.

On admission, the person will be allocated to the care of a pre-determined interdisciplinary team under the direction of a Rehabilitation Consultant. Medical and physiotherapy assessments will also be performed. Movement rehabilitation goals will be established and a rehabilitation plan will be formulated in consultation with the person.

  • Idiopathic Parkinson’s disease (PD)
  • Encephalitic Parkinson’s disease
  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP).
  • Rehabilitation Consultant
  • Physiotherapy
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Social Work/Psychology
  • Dietetics
  • Speech Pathology
  • Exercise Physiologist.

One hour of exercise including strength training at each


Half hour functional task training. Topics include:

  • How to stay fit and move well
  • Falls prevention
  • Walking well in the home and community
  • Medication & Movement
  • Dual tasking
  • Community Activities & Social Networks
  • Coping, Resilience
  • Healthy eating
  • Dance with Parkinson’s
  • Relaxation
  • Living well with Parkinson’s.

The patient:

  1. Has Parkinson’s disease or related conditions
  2. Has funding appropriate to the level of care required
  3. Rehabilitation goals are appropriate to the level of funding
  4. Is medically stable and safe to do progressive resistance strengthening
  5. Cognitively intact.
  • Unable to walk unassisted
  • Dementia or delirium
  • Musculoskeletal injuries including low back pain (sufficient to precludes strength training)
  • Psychiatric co-morbidity
  • Co-existing medical condition that prevents safe exercise and strength training.

To discuss this program and other options that may be right for you please contact Claire Fletcher on 9474 8900

North Eastern Rehabilitation Centre
Outpatient Department
134-144 Ford Street, Ivanhoe VIC 3079

Phone: 03 9474 8923 | Fax: 03 9474 8956
Email: nerc.outpatientgroupreferral@healthscope.com.au

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