The NSW Government today announced a $68,000 funding boost to Parkinson's NSW, a non-government organization providing support to those living with Parkinson's disease and their carers.
The funding - announced today by Deputy Premier and Minister for Health Carmel Tebbutt and Minister for aging and Disability Services Peter Primrose - will be provided over three years and support a range of activities including 'Parkinson's Awareness Week'.
"Parkinson's disease is the second most common degenerative neurological condition after Alzheimer's, with some 80,000 Australians currently diagnosed with the condition," Ms Tebbutt said.
"These funds will support Parkinson's NSW to carry out a range of activities targeted to provide support and education to those living with Parkinson's disease and their carers.
"These activities include supporting carers to make better use of existing services, supporting carers to acquire skills which make their caring role less burdensome and supporting annual Parkinson's Awareness Week activities."
Minister for aging and Disability Services Peter Primrose said the Government acknowledged the extremely significant contribution carers make not only to the person they care for, but also to the community at large.
"The NSW Carers Action Plan 2007-2012 launched in March 2007 outlines the NSW Governments five year commitment to support carers across a range of policy areas such as aging, community support, health education transport, employment and industrial relations," Mr Primrose said.
"As the peak organization representing more than 25,000 people living with Parkinson's disease in this State, Parkinson's NSW Inc provides information, counseling and support to people living with Parkinson's disease.
"It's terrific that today - during Parkinson's Awareness Week - we're able to provide ongoing funds to ensure that Parkinson's NSW can continue the wonderful work they do in raising awareness and providing support and advice - especially for people newly diagnosed with this condition."
Parkinson's NSW CEO Miriam Dixon said Parkinson's NSW was delighted that the NSW Government was providing the first recurrent funding the organization has received.
"We are delighted to receive $68,000 in government funding over a 3 year period. We currently rely heavily on trusts and foundations, donations by the community, in memoriam and bequests to support the vital services we provide to people living with Parkinson's, their families and careers.
"This funding is the first of its kind for Parkinson's NSW and is the first step in a long process to receive the full government funding we need," she said.
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