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National Parkinson’s Alliance formed to lead change for the Parkinson’s community

Mar. 21, 2024

Fight Parkinson’s, as a leading organisation for Parkinson's, providing research, education and support, announces the formation of the National Parkinson’s Alliance.

This collaborative initiative brings together key stakeholders living with Parkinson’s and leaders from diverse backgrounds to work towards aligned outcomes for the Parkinson’s community.

The organisations forming the Alliance with Fight Parkinson’s include; Parkinson’s NSW, Parkinson’s Tasmania, and the Shake It Up Australia Foundation, along with representatives from leading research institutions including Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI), Menzies Institute of Medical Research, the University of Tasmania, and Queensland University of Technology.

Fight Parkinson’s believes with strong sector leadership, community and government support and improved coordination of Australia's efforts, we can realise better possibilities for people living with Parkinson’s. The formation of the National Parkinson’s Alliance marks significant development in this effort.

The Alliance embraces visionary and impactful leadership that will drive change. By pooling resources and expertise, the Alliance aims to address complex challenges and create transformative solutions to enhance the lives of people with Parkinson’s in Australia.

The Alliance will lead nationwide advocacy efforts for the Parkinson’s community.

Comprising of a diverse range of organisations, regions and disciplines, the National Parkinson’s Alliance is committed to prioritising research, inclusivity and health equity. This approach ensures the work of the Alliance will benefit all people affected by Parkinson’s.

The Alliance is working across sectors and professional disciplines to accelerate support for the Parkinson’s community. The Alliance focus includes earlier detection and diagnosis of Parkinson’s, improving access to healthcare, resources, support and treatments, as well as advancing research to better understand causes, mechanisms, treatments and prevention of Parkinson’s.

To ensure the sustainability of this work, the Alliance is committed to establishing an inclusive network of people with Parkinson’s, like-minded organisations, institutions, clinical professionals and government. This network will support the development, implementation, and assessment of the National Parkinson’s Action Plan.

Developed with and for the community, the National Parkinson’s Action Plan will inform community, government and the sector of the priorities, strategies and actions necessary to deliver positive change for people living with Parkinson’s in Australia.

The National Parkinson’s Alliance is committed to visionary and impactful leadership that will drive change to achieve greater impact for the Parkinson’s community.

For more information about the National Parkinson’s Alliance, please contact National Parkinson’s Alliance Executive Support, Miranda Woodward at  (03) 8809 040 or

The National Parkinson's Alliance
in planning:
From left - Mary Kay Walker, Mike Whitehouse OAM, Dr Harley Stanton, Assoc. Prof Grant Dewson, Emma Collin, A/Prof. Richard Gordon, A/Prof. Michele Callisaya and Vicki Miller.
  From left - Her Excellency Linda Hurley, Dr Harley Stanton, A/Prof. Richard Gordon, Mike Whitehouse OAM, Mary Kay Walker, His Excellency General the Honerable David John Hurley AC DSC, Vicki Miller, Assoc. Prof Grant Dewson, Emma Collin and Miranda Woodward.


National Parkinson’s Alliance Members:

  • A/Prof Jane Alty, University of Tasmania
  • A/Prof Michele Callisaya, Univeristy of Tasmania
  • Emma Collin, Fight Parkinson's
  • Prof Grant Dewson, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
  • Prof Tracey Dickson, Menzie's Institute 
  • Dr Richard Gordon, Queensland University of Technology
  • Vicki Miller, Shake it Up Australia Foundation 
  • Dr Harley Stanton, Wings 4 Parkinson's 
  • Prof Carolyn Sue, Neuroscience Reseaarch Australia
  • Mary Kay Walker, Parkinson's NSW 

To read about the National Parkinson's Alliance and its organisational members - Click here

To read about the National Parkinson's Alliance call for a National Action Plan - Click here


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