Interactive medicines list part of Parkinson's Passport

Parkinson's Australia and NPS MedicineWise have developed a pack of materials including interactive medicines lists and checklists for people with Parkinson's disease to help avoid medicine problems.

The interactive Parkinson's Passport has been available since last year but is being promoted by the two organisations in advance of World Parkinson's Day this Friday.

The Parkinson's Passport can be downloaded from state Parkinson's association websites or the NPS website and includes an editable PDF of a medicines list that can include the names of all medicines the person with Parkinson's is taking, including dose and administration times.

There is also an editable PDF symptoms management checklist that allows users to tick a box indicating common requirements of people with Parkinson's, including if they have swallowing difficulties, they need help with turning in bed or with managing pain, and if they have associated symptoms such as tremor, constipation, memory problems, anxiety or depression, or hallucinations or psychosis.

It also contains editable contact details for a patient's next of kin, neurologist, GP and Parkinson's nurse. The medicines list is intended to be reviewed regularly in association with the patient's GP, nurse and pharmacist.

The idea is to keep all of these documents in printed form as part of the Parkinson's Passport, which also includes a plastic card stating that the owner needs to take their medicines on time and that there are contraindications with common drugs such as anti-nausea medications.

Parkinson's Australia and NPS are encouraging people with Parkinson's to take the passport with them when they enter hospital or an aged care facility, and to also carry a simple card explaining they have Parkinson's for use in emergencies.

Parkinson's Australia has also collaborated with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) to host the GP Online Program, which is accredited by the college and the RACGP, on ACRRM's RRMEO platform.

The program is aimed at GPs, particularly those working in rural and remote areas, to access information about current practice in the diagnosis, treatment and management of people with Parkinson's disease.

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