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A change of scene, Parkinson’s Down Under

The beginning of this month saw the first performance of the Good Vibrations Parkinson’s Choir and I am happy to say that it was a great success; a sell out performance and a fund raiser for the local Parkinson’s UK branch. We all enjoyed ourselves immensely, well done to our wonderful choir mistress Lou Beckerman.

No sooner had I recovered from that when we were off to visit the lovely daughter in Melbourne, Australia. I have started to look at what happens when you are diagnosed with Parkinson’s out here, a few facts this time and more information in the next Blog. Based on researched by Deloitte a couple of years ago there are 100,000 Parkinson’s disease sufferers in Australia, including roughly 2% of the population over the age of 65. Not sure exactly how the Oz Medicare system works but it is estimated that the annual cost per person with the condition is about £6,000 pounds. I take Rasagiline which has only fairly recently been made available here. There is an organisation called Parkinson’s Australia which provides a similar role to our Parkinson’s UK.

We have recently returned from a weekend away in beautiful Byron Bay, situated a couple of hours drive south from Brisbane. It has stunning beaches and a National Park based around a lighthouse. We took daily walks there, admiring the Dolphins which frolicked in the seas around there and were lucky enough to see a koala just a few feet away from us.

Australia certainly has a lot to offer, more from Down Under next time!

Koala in the wild - Byron Bay

Koala in the wild – Byron Bay

8 thoughts on “A change of scene, Parkinson’s Down Under

  1. Morning lovely people, although I think it is evening down under. Looks as though you are enjoying every minute of your stay!!! Good luck with the return – missing you madly!!

  2. Good morning from wild and windy Lindfield! I’ve fallen in love with the Koala and looking forward to your next post. Interesting details about Australia, keep having fun there. Love, Elspeth x

  3. Sounds as if you’re having a brilliant time, and so lucky to see a koala up close and personal. Can’t wait for our trip ‘down under’ !! Soak up the sunshine – it’s blowing a superb gale here and is still b. cold. Love from us both B&S

  4. Lovely to hear that your choral performance was a success. I look forward to hearing about the next one. Glad you are enjoying Australia again and hope the 12 mile trek to the lighthouse went without incident. I’m sure any research you do will be useful. Someone needs to take ownership for people with Parkinson’s and the more information you find out the more you will feel able to help, not only yourself, but others in the same situation. Have a great time both of you.

    Love Frances xx

  5. Byron bay sounds wonderful. I am glad the choir was such a success. It must have been very satisfying for all concerned.

  6. You are so lucky to be in lovely Melbourne again. We are off to Poland this Sunday – a week with the family then down South for 5 days. Back the evening before our old girls’ lunch – am guessing you won’t be back for that? Never mind, I know where I would rather be given the choice!!
    Take care and hopefully see you at the next lunch. xx

  7. Lovely to hear that the down under trip is going well . Hope the trip to the lighthouse went well and Peter’s feet stood up to it .

    Look forward to hearing all about it .

    Love Sue and Jeff

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