Neuroplasticity in Parkinson’s Level 1 & 2

PD Warrior is an intensive exercise-based program designed to drive neuroplastic change in people with Parkinson’s and operates in over 50 locations. The course has already been undertaken by over 1,000 health professionals in Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. This course is essential if you work with people living with Parkinson’s and was developed by Melissa McConaghy, Founder of PD Warrior. Melissa has been working with Parkinson’s patients for 17 years and is 1 of only 7 Specialist Neurological Physiotherapists in Australia.

The course has been designed for Health Professionals with experience in treating people with Parkinson’s and will give you the theoretical and practical skills to apply the core concepts of this intensive and neuro-active exercise approach, immediately in clinical practice.

Learn how to improve function, quality of life and long-term exercise behaviour by building on your knowledge of assessment, exercise prescription and motivational coaching.

This course is ideally suited to:
Exercise physiologists
Occupational therapists with an exercise background
NB: New graduates are welcome.

The latest evidence underpinning intensive and neuro-active exercise prescription
The pathophysiology of Parkinson’s
How to tailor exercise effectively for the three different types of Parkinson’s
The seven core principals of neuroplasticity and how to implement them effectively
How to deliver the 10 Core Exercises and how to create your own exercise portfolio
How to create an enriched and motivating exercise environment
Learn how to empower your patients and create long-term exercise behaviours
How to assess and treat someone throughout the various stages of Parkinson’s
Level 2 is a PRACTICAL WORKSHOP and can only be completed after successful completion of Level 1 Introductory Theory.

The Level 2 course is a progression and implementation of the introductory theory learned in Level 1. It is expected that you complete the Level 1 module BEFORE attending the Level 2 Practical Workshop. Level 2 can be purchased as a bundle with Level 1 or separately at your discretion.

The practical workshop is delivered face to face and runs from 9am to 4.30pm. You are expected to participate in the exercise component and come dressed and prepared to exercise HARD! If you have any injuries or restrictions on exercise please advise your trainer.

To give you the best experience of delivering the concepts of PD Warrior, you will be working with volunteer patients who have Parkinson’s. You require professional indemnity insurance to participate in this session. Sensitivity and confidentiality are expected.

Presented by Melissa McConaghy and Lynn Tullock

Melissa McConaghy
Melissa has been working with Parkinson’s patients for 17 years and is 1 of only 7 Specialist Neurological Physiotherapists in Australia. She is a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists, Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist and holds a Master of Health Science (Neurological Physiotherapy). Melissa is the past Chair and National Representative of the NSW Neurology Group for the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

As an educator, clinician and author, Melissa is a strong believer in exercise and its importance in the management of progressive conditions. She is the Founder of PD Warrior an early intervention approach for treating Parkinson’s disease. This program has now been taught to over 1,000 health professionals world-wide and is currently under license in four countries.

Melissa is also founder of the INSIGHT Into Parkinson’s Online Summit. This is a world first virtual conference for PD which launched in 2018 and included 30 Speakers from around the world from leading experts in research, neurologists, clinicians and CEOs of Parkinson’s organisations including The Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Melissa is also CEO & Founder of the Advance Rehab Centre in Sydney. ARC is a team of multi-disciplinary clinicians working in a community based rehab service. Over the last 10 years they have built a reputation as one of the most progressive neurological rehab services in Australia.

Lynn Tullock
Lynn graduated from the University of Liverpool in the UK in 2000. She is Senior Neurological Physiotherapist and has worked in the field of both acute and community based neuro rehabilitation in both the UK and Australia. As Clinicial Director, Lynn leads the growing multi disciplinary clinical and admin team at Advance Rehab Centre and is the Co-Founder of the PD Warrior program. 

Lynn is passionate about the provision of therapy services on discharge from the acute hospital setting and inpatient rehabilitation. She works hard to ensure that ARC delivers evidence based and quality rehabilitation along with her team, and which has treated over 400 people since 2012.

Course Schedule
Sydney: 9 August 2020
Brisbane: 22 August 2020 (full)
Perth: 26 September 2020
Melbourne: April course to be rescheduled (possibly September 2020)
Melbourne: 24 October 2020
Sydney: 15 November 2020

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CPD Points
Level 1 - 7.5 CPD points
Level 2 - 7.5 CPD points


*AU$599 Cost includes both Level 1 Introductory Theory online course and Level 2 Practical Course at venue. Level 1 must be completed prior to attending the Level 2 workshop.

*Registration includes the online course, practical workshop, course book and course certificate. Tea & coffee will be provided on the day. Please bring your own lunch.
*Once purchased, full refund is available within 24 hours only. Partial refund of the workshop fee of $200 only is available up to seven days from the practical workshop date. Transfer may be possible on application for an additional fee of $299 within two weeks of the course. The practical workshop may be postponed on application & if within two weeks of the course.
*We will take all care to ensure that the event is not cancelled by PD Warrior, however, in the unlikely event that it is, we take no responsibility for travel costs that cannot be recovered.
Registration includes refreshments, course book and an a great course!

Cancellation within 7 days = full course fee forfeit or transfer

Contact Details
For more information or to enrol in the course, please contact the provider using the below details.

Melissa McConaghy
PD Warrior PTY LTD
Ph: 02 9906 7777

Click here to view Level 1 course flyer
Click here to view Level 2 course flyer