About us

Learn more about the Movement Disorders Program at Monash Health.

Our vision

The Movement Disorders Program supports you to take control of your movement disorder and to optimise your quality of life.

Who we are

The Monash Health Movement Disorders Program at the Kingston Centre is dedicated to the provision of a world class health service for people with a movement disorder, their caregiver and family.

The Movement Disorder Program at the Kingston Centre is recognised nationally and internationally as a Centre of Excellence in the provision of healthcare for people living with a movement disorder, particularly Parkinson’s disease.

The Movement Disorder Program offers a comprehensive model through a combination of inpatient admissions, outpatient clinic appointments and community visits. Our team of health professionals have expert knowledge and extensive expertise in the area of movement disorders.

Our history

The Monash Health Movement Disorders Program (MDP) at the Kingston Centre was established in 1993 by Professor Robert Iansek. Initially the program offered outpatient services only. By 1994 the Research Department had been added to the MDP.

The program has continued to grow both in the scope of the services and the range of specialised health professionals involved. The MDP has been recognised by the Parkinson’s Foundation of America as a Centre of Excellence.

What we do

The Movement Disorders Program was established to provide comprehensive management for people with neurological movement disorders, particularly Parkinson’s disease. The program is evidence based and our multidisciplinary team are all experts in their fields.

The Program at Kingston Centre currently includes:

Our areas of expertise

Our expert multidisciplinary team of doctors and allied health professionals are committed to providing evidence based care. Our team members are involved in quality assurance and continuing education programs to ensure that knowledge and skills are up to date with current research.

The work undertaken by the Movement Disorders Program has been recognised by the Parkinson’s Foundation of America and has been designated as a Centre of Excellence. Our program was the first one in Australia to achieve this prestigious recognition. Being recognised as a Centre of Excellence is based on the scope of the services offered, the expertise of the staff, their commitment to ongoing training and attendance at conferences, completion of research and publications.

Our medical specialists are trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of all movement disorders. All are Fellows of their respective Royal Australian College. They are involved in the education of junior medical staff, medical students and doctors in the community.

The director of the Movement Disorder Program, Professor Robert Iansek (OAM), is a neurologist specialised in movement disorders and is internationally renowned and recognised as an expert in his field, having published articles in medical journals and medical books on movement disorders.

We provide many services at the Movement Disorder Program including:

  • medical diagnosis
  • advice and ongoing monitoring and adjustment of medications for your movement disorder, e.g. Parkinson’s disease
  • coordination of deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery
  • coordination of introduction of Duodopa intestinal gel
  • assessments by relevant members of our multidisciplinary team and development of a tailored care plan to address your individual needs
  • provision of education about your specific movement disorder
  • provision of counselling for you, your carers and/or family
  • assistance to arrange referrals for appropriate community support services
  • comprehensive assessment in your home
  • if you live in a residential care facility, we can provide education to staff at your facility to assist them in managing your medications, symptoms and problems relating to your movement disorder
  • facilitation of a carer support program including a monthly carers group
  • referral to other specialists, e.g. urologist and continence clinic
  • referral to other services for additional rehabilitation
  • palliative care support

Our team includes:

  • administration team
  • movement disorder medical specialists – neurologists and specialist geriatrician
  • junior Medical staff
  • dietitian
  • neuropsychologist
  • nursing
  • occupational therapists
  • physiotherapists
  • social workers
  • speech pathologists
  • allied health assistant
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