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Patients and staff from Princess Alexandra Hospital’s (PAH) Movement Disorders Unit will hit the streets at this year’s Bridge to Brisbane to raise awareness and funds for degenerative neurological conditions.
For the third year running, Parkinson’s Disease Nurse Navigator Anna Nolan and Consultant Neurologist Alexander Lehn will be racing alongside their patients on Sunday 26 August.
Aside from raising funds for research, Ms Nolan said the fun run fostered better patient-clinician relationships.
“I like to think we’re showing our patients that they’re not just a job to us, that we truly care about them and their healthcare,” she said.
“So far, two of our patients have signed up. One has Parkinson's disease and the other has Dystonia—where a person’s muscle contract uncontrollably for prolonged periods of time.
“I think it’s a massive achievement and a massive effort from them, and it’s going to be absolutely amazing to run alongside them.”
Last year the team raised $3,500, this year they have upped the target to $4,000.
Dr Lehn said he was thankful for any donations.
“These disorders can be extremely disabling, but with modern multi-disciplinary management can be well treated,” he said.
“We are a keen and determined team and are proud of the service we deliver to ensure world-class medical care for Queensland patients.”
See the team’s Bridge to Brisbane page for more.
Photo credit: Jamie Hanson, News Corp Australia