Happy New Year! Recap of ADSG 2015

Recap of ADSG 2015

It was a busy year for ADSG. We now have about 400 Members!

Here is a recap of 2015!

ADSG Facebook Community PageLaunch of ADSG Facebook Community Page           

The launch of the community page was overwhelmingly a success and is still now popular among the community. The page is linked up with our website to ensure that community members know how to find us and have options in communicating with us. We provide updates and information on Dystonia as well as sharing links from other groups or organisations. A recap of page:

  • We have close to 700 likes
  • Posts reached approximately 105,000 of the public during the year (an amazing achievement!)

A thanks to Lisa and Hariklia, our admins for composing images for our Facebook page.            

Visit our page! ADSG Facebook Community Page

ADSG Website – Recap of site

The top 4 topics people were interested about!

Dystonia Awareness Video
Movement Disorder Specialists
Types of Dystonia
Support Meetings

We had approximately 14,000 views of our site, mostly from Australia. That is amazing! We had 58 external networks that referred people to our site. Facebook, Google and the Brain Foundation were our top referrers. 

The most commented on post in 2015 was A Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Journey – Through the Eyes of a Carer Link to Interview 

Visit our website – ADSG Website

Australian Dystonia Support Group CardDesigned our new ADSG Card

A special thanks to Lisa McInnes, one of our admins, for designing the card. If you would like to print the card click on link provided. 



Dystonia Awareness Month Australia cover imageDystonia Awareness Month

We had another Dystonia Awareness Month in September where ADSG members joined in and helped raise awareness of Dystonia. Members organised events or info stalls, an updated awareness video was available to view and links to information on Dystonia. Thank you to all who participated. Snippet of the Dystonia Awareness Month

Support meetings and Presentations

Members attended ADSG events and gatherings in various states. Dr Lynley Bradman presented, in Brisbane, about her research and work on Dystonia. Her recent research is the exploration of the relationship between confidence in balance and fear of falling to functional independence in people with dystonia. We thank her for her ongoing support. Research/Dystonia Function Survey

Parkinson's Conference Dystonia session Dr LynleyThe Parkinson’s Australia National Conference – Dystonia Program

The Parkinson’s Australia National Conference was held in Adelaide at the Convention Centre in May 2015. The Dystonia Program ran on Friday 29 May 2015 and was very successful. Some ADSG members attended the sessions where there were a variety of presentations. Direct link to summary and slides of the program

Parkinsons's QLD

Click on image or link to the Dystonia article in their Magazine – “Connections” Magazine

Parkinson’s Queensland

We communicated with Parkinson’s QLD as many people with Parkinson’s do suffer from Dystonia also. They are interested in hearing from people throughout Queensland living with Dystonia or caring for someone impacted by the condition. Dystonia article in their Magazine – “Connections” Magazine

Connect Neuro Physiotherapy Dystonia

Connect Neuro Physiotherapy

Collaborated with Connect Neuro Physiotherapy to provide info on Neuro Physio.

Link to article – Neurological Physiotherapy: The Who, What and Why this is so important for Dystonia 

Find a Physio Link



Botulinum toxin new arrangements

New arrangements for the Botulinum Toxin

Advocated for appropriate information to be provided to group and community members. Patient co-payments now apply for each prescription of a botulinum toxin product. New arrangements took effect in September 2015 – New arrangements factsheet


What to look out for in 2016 ADSG
ADSG What to look out for in 2016! David Castillo DominiciADSG website Survey

Updates and information on Dystonia

Planned ADSG information meetings

Ipsen and Allergan updates

Updates on the Medicare review

We would like to thank all the support from members and other networks, especially during awareness month.


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