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Young@Park: Young Onset Parkinson’s Conference

Novotel Geelong, 10/14 Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong VIC 3220 (map)

Sat 10th Aug 2024, 9:30am to 3:00pm (5 hours, 30 minutes)

Although the average age of the onset of Parkinson’s is 65, it’s estimated that 1 in 5 people are of working age. This is known as Young Onset Parkinson’s.

Being diagnosed with a chronic condition at a young age presents some unique challenges as they remain active and maintain responsibilities in their jobs, parenting, in their social lives, and in their community.

This free conference is for people with Young Onset Parkinson's and their loved ones, providing them with the latest insights and practical strategies for managing the condition.

Preceding the conference is an optional, subsidised Conference Welcome Dinner on Friday 9 August, at 6:30 pm at the Novotel Hotel. To attend the Conference Welcome Dinner, booking is essential as places are limited.

Both the Conference Welcome Dinner and the Young Onset Conference are invaluable opportunities to connect with others who share similar experiences.

Register for the Conference →

Register for the Pre-Conference Welcome Dinner →


The conference program will provide insights from leading Parkinson’s experts including:

  • Neuropsychologist Dr Luke Smith will explore cognitive symptoms and effective management techniques.
  • Movement disorder neurologist Dr Sanjay Raghav will present a holistic approach to Parkinson's management, combining evidence-based therapies with yoga and mindfulness, and will include a participatory yoga session.
  • Leading neuroscientist Dr Michael Lazarou from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute will share his latest research findings.
  • Specialist social worker Amanda Spillare will lead a dedicated session for partners and carers, offering essential support strategies.
  • Mr Rhys Chamberlin from Maurice Blackburn will provide crucial information on navigating employment, insurance and superannuation.
  • Clinical Nurse Consultant Victor McConvey OAM will lead a discussion on sex and intimacy, providing a safe environment for participation.

Following the presentations, lunch will be provided along with the opportunity to connect with new and familiar faces.

Spots are strictly limited. To register for the conference, the welcome dinner, or both, please call Fight Parkinson's at 03 8809 0400 or register below.

Register for the Conference →

Register for the Pre-Conference Welcome Dinner →

For those visiting Geelong to attend the conference, a 10% discounted on accommodation is available at the Novotel Geelong, just show them your conference booking confirmation.


The Young@Park Young Onset Parkinson's Conference is supported by the Victorian Government.

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