The Movement Disorder Society of Australia and New Zealand (MDSANZ) is the professional society in Australia and New Zealand representing neurologists and other medical specialists who specialise in the care and management of patients with Movement Disorders such as Parkinson's disease, other causes of neurodegenerative Parkinsonism (e.g. progressive supranuclear palsy and multiple system atrophy), dystonia and Huntington's disease. The MDSANZ's broad membership includes physicians, advanced trainees in neurology, neuroscientists, nursing and allied health practitioners.
In addition to our biennial scientific meetings, the MDSANZ introduced a "Movement Disorder Therapeutics Practical Workshop" in 2016. The most recent Workshop was held in Melbourne in 2018. It was well-attended, generously supported by industry sponsors, and was a great success. This year, we will be holding the Workshop in Sydney from Saturday, 24 to Sunday, 25 October 2020. The Workshop is primarily designed for neurology trainees, and provides them with an introduction to therapies commonly used in the management of Parkinson's disease (PD) and other movement disorders, including deep brain stimulation, infusional therapies for PD (e.g. apomorphine and levodopa infusion), and botulinum toxin treatment. In addition to neurology trainees, other interested neurologists, geriatricians, physicians and nurses are also welcome to attend. For this year's Workshop, Dr Neil Mahant of Westmead Hospital in Sydney has convened a panel of Australian and New Zealand experts, and their emphasis will be the practicalities of using these therapies in clinical practice. Please see the draft programme here for further details.
Whilst we would like for this workshop to take place face-to-face in Sydney, we understand that with the current situation that might not be possible. We know this workshop is important for training and education purposes therefore if travel restrictions are still in place and there are rules on holding mass gatherings then we plan to hold it as an online virtual workshop. A decision on this will be made on or before Friday 28th August.
President, Movement Disorder Society of Australia and New Zealand