Looking for Parkinson’s sufferers, caregivers and support networks

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A PhD candidate from Charles Sturt University is looking for Parkinson’s sufferers, caregivers and support networks on the Central Coast to take part in a study into the effectiveness of Parkinson’s NSW groups in rural and regional areas.

Vincent Carroll is calling on members of the community to participate in the study, which will provide support groups and peak bodies like Parkinson’s NSW with more information on the disease.

His study aims to help build the capacity and leadership of these groups by identifying the key indicators of an effective support network.

“There is research out there now that shows people have better health outcomes by participating in a support group.

“They are better informed, better connected socially, and have a better understanding of their chronic illness”, Carroll said.

“Ultimately, my study will involve listening carefully to my research participants’ stories, experiences, and journeys, so that we can understand group leadership and what makes and creates an effective Parkinson’s support group.”

Participants involved will need to take part in a 45-90 minute video interview, and Carroll can be contacted through his email vcarroll@csu.edu.au

Source:
Media release, July 21
Charles Sturt University

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