Australian Dystonia Suppoirt Group Events

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Upcoming events for September

Dystonia Awareness Month: 1 – 30 September 2017 

Keep an eye out for updates! Link to more information ➡ Dystonia Awareness Month

Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders Information Session for Patients & Carers – Save the date! Saturday 2 September 2017

Parkinson's & Movement Disorders Information Session for Patients & Carers

The Asia-Pacific Centre for Neuromodulation (APCN) part of the Queensland Brain Institute at the University of Queensland is hosting a Patient/Carer Information session. All patients and carers living with Parkinson’s Disease, Dystonia, Essential Tremor and Tourette’s Syndrome are welcome

Date: Saturday 2 September 2017 at 10am – 2pm

Venue: Caloundra Power Boat Club, 2 Lamerough Parade, Golden Beach, QLD 4551

To register for event or make a booking please click on link provided.    


DNA Dystonia Awareness Seminar 2017

The Seminar will be held on Friday 29 September 2017 for People with Dystonia, their Families & Friends & those interested in the care of People with Dystonia. For more information and to RSVP please click on link provided ➡ Dystonia Network Australia Dystonia Awareness Seminar.

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Speech Pathology Week 2017 – Communication access: Everyone gets the message!

Speech Pathology Week 2017





Speech Pathology Week seeks to promote the speech pathology profession and the work done by speech pathologists with the more than 1.1 million Australians who have a communication or swallowing disorder that impacts on their daily life.

Communication is a basic human right and Speech Pathology Week seeks to promote this fact.

NPS Be Medicinewise Week – Monday 21 Until Sunday 27 August 2017

Be Medicinewise Week helps Australians get the most out of their prescription, over-the-counter and complementary medicines or promotes safer and better use of medicines for all Australians.

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National Pain Week – 24-30 July 2017

National Pain Week is convened by Chronic Pain Australia, dedicated to reducing the social and other barriers to living with chronic pain. Dystonia can cause a range of symptoms including pain. For more information relating to managing pain or coping with pain visit the Chronic Pain Australia website.

Related links:

Dystonia and Pain 

National Pain Week 2017






Upcoming Events for May 2017

International Clinical Trials Day – 20 May 2017

International Clinical Trials Day is to celebrate and recognise the importance of the work done in clinical trials. These trials help understand and get better diagnoses for diseases and conditions. Today, we here at Australian Dystonia Support Group (ADSG), acknowledge the contributions from the patients and the medical profession who work together to help find treatments, and possibly a cure, to ensure a better future for all.

International Clinical Trials Day Dystonia

Make a difference! Visit our ‘Dystonia research page to participate in a #Dystonia Clinical trial! 

National Volunteer Week (NVW) from 8-14 May 2017

Join in and acknowledge or thank the generous contribution volunteers make in relation to Dystonia or brain disorders. Visit our Community Facebook Page to share post!

Visit our recent news page or Facebook Community Page for posts relating to these events and please share! 

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April 2017

Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Patient and Carer Information Session 

Flyer Courtesy of Queensland Brain Institute – The University of Queensland

The Asia-Pacific Centre for Neuromodulation (APCN) part of the Queensland Brain Institute at the University of Queensland is hosting a free Patient/Carer Information session on Saturday 29 April 2017. All patients and carers living with Parkinson’s Disease, Dystonia, Essential Tremor and Tourette’s Syndrome are welcome.

Date: Saturday 29 April 2017 at 10am – 2pm

Venue: South Tweed Sports Club, 4 Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Heads South, NSW 2486

Flyer: Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Patient and Carer Information Session 

So we have an idea of numbers please RSVP by clicking on the following link and completing the online registration form.

If you would like to get in touch before the meeting you can contact Sara Gottliebsen at or call 07 3346 6353 on Monday, Tuesday or Friday.

Good Friday Appeal – Royal Children’s Hospital 14 April 2017

Support the Fly for the kidsA Mission for a Children’s Complex Movement Disorders Program. 

Neurologist, Associate Professor Andrew Kornberg at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, is on a mission to fundraise for a Complex Movement Disorders Program to support children with Movement Conditions, including Dystonia. It will consist of a variety of health professionals or a multidisciplinary team to provide care, and innovative and intensive therapies, such as Deep Brain Stimulation.  This program is important as it will include a dedicated team of practitioners who understand, support and treat movement disorders. Be involved, raise awareness or donate to cause!

Related links: Have you heard about the ‘Fly for the Kids’ mission?

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March 2017

Brain Awareness Week on 13 – 19th March 2017

BAW is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research.  Visit our ‘donate’ page for a list of causes or research projects.

Dystonia why research important 2017


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Dystonia Awareness Events – Past 

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Free Dystonia Presentation – Live online by a Neurologist!

The Brain Foundation will be running a free online Dystonia presentation on Tuesday, 7 June 2016 at 7pm – 8pm.  

Dystonia_Logo_CMYK1Neurologist Florence Chang from Westmead Hospital will discuss Dystonia and answer your questions such as:

– What is dystonia?
– What do researchers know about dystonia?
– When do symptoms occur?
– What treatments are available?
– How effective is Botox?
– What research is being done?

There will also be a live Q&A session at the end of presentation. As the places are limited it is best to register asap. When you register you will receive an email with instructions on ‘How to Join the webinar’. Please not the time zone.

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Dystonia Market Stall

On Sunday 8 November 2015, Margot Chiverton an ADSG member who also runs the SA Dystonia Group organised a Dystonia Awareness stall at a local Market. Awareness materials were displayed to raise more awareness of Dystonia and funds raised donated to research into understanding the cause and finding a cure for Dystonia.

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Dystonia Awareness Information stall

Any community member welcomed to visit the Pharmacy where there will be someone there to greet you and provide more information about Dystonia. There will be ribbons available to purchase and any funds raised will be donated to the Brain Foundation towards Dystonia Research.

When: Stall was only organised for awareness month in September

Where: Greenwith Pharmacy, Highland Shopping Centre 222 Target Hill Rd (Cnr Golden Grove Rd), Greenwith SA 5125

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Adelaide Dystonia Conference May 2015

Professor Lynley Bradnam Dystonia session Presentation Can non-invasive brain stimulation improve dystonia

Professor Lynley Bradnam Dystonia session Presentation Can non-invasive brain stimulation improve dystonia

The Parkinson’s Australia National Conference was held in Adelaide at the Convention Centre 27-29 May 2015. The Dystonia Program ran on Friday 29 may 2015 and was very successful. Some ADSG members attended and for those who were unable to attend they had the opportunity to view the session online.

We would like to thank the Dystonia organising committee and to the ADSG members who volunteered their time to assist.

For an update on the Dystonia session please click on link provided to direct you to Blog post.

Dystonia session presentations and Jump for Dystonia images

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