Parkinson’s Care
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This postgraduate unit of study is designed for health professionals who care for people diagnosed with both typical and atypical Parkinson’s Disease and provides students with the opportunity to extend their knowledge of this specialty area. The subject content explores the epidemiology, anatomy, physiology, motor and non-motor clinical features of Parkinson’s Disease. Students will examine contemporary assessment and management techniques, while critiquing therapeutic approaches to care at all stages, with reference to best practice guidelines. Students will examine pertinent psychosocial issues relating to the care of a person diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and their carers. Multidisciplinary consultation and referral pathways, legal and ethical issues and advances in care, will also be considered.

Parkinson’s Care
Unit of study code 299
Availability Graduate Certificate in Aged Care Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing

GC single unit of study

Pre-requisite N/A
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 2
Recommended texts Nil
Co-ordinated by Trish Lowe MACN
Content Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program


After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks
Type of assessment

Note the completed assessment item (e.g. Assessment 1: Online discussion)


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: The physiology and pathophysiology of Parkinson’s disease a) describe the physiology and pathophysiology of the motor and non-motor clinical features associated with typical and atypical Parkinson’s Disease Assessment 1: Online discussion 5% 3
Theme 2: Introduction to Parkinson’s Specific Assessment b) apply principles of advanced Parkinson’s specific assessment to the care of persons diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease Assessment 2: Short essay (1,500 words) 35% 5
Theme 3: Clinical Management and Therapeutic Approaches to Care c) examine the evolving therapeutic approaches to care and their effectiveness in enhancing outcomes for patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and their carer Assessment 3: Quiz (MCQ 20 questions) 10% 8
Theme 4: The multidisciplinary approach to the care of Parkinson’s d) critically analyse the management of Parkinson’s Disease as benchmarked against best practice guidelines and current literature Assessment 4: Case analysis (2,500 words) 50% 10
Theme 5: Ethico-legal considerations e) critically evaluate the therapeutic responses to clinical practices in relation to health education, rehabilitation and palliation of patients with Parkinson’s Disease
f) articulate the multidisciplinary consultation and referral pathways and community supports available.

Parkinson’s Care (299) is a Tier 2 unit.

Tiers2019 Non-member price2019 Member price (10% discount)2020 Non-member price2020 Member price (10% discount)
Tier 1$2,165.00$1,948.50$2,230.00$2,007.00
Tier 2$2,475.00$2,227.50$2,550.00$2,295.00
Tier 3$2,915.00$2,623.50$2,995.00$2,695.50
Tier 4$3,475.00$3,127.50$3,580.00$3,222.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.