Global centre of excellence for Parkinson’s Disease

Westmead Hospital staff with the visiting health specialists.

Westmead Hospital recently welcomed more than 40 international and Australian health specialists to an educational session on the treatment of advanced Parkinson’s disease.

Westmead is the largest centre in Australia providing levodopa carbidopa intestinal gel (LCIG) therapy for patients with Parkinson’s disease, and has been able to successfully improve patients’ quality of life, in collaboration with gastroenterologist Dr Vu Kwan.

The hospital’s head of neurology Dr Victor Fung said since 2008, Westmead had treated 84 patients with advanced Parkinson’s disease with the device-assisted therapy.

“Westmead is globally renowned for excellent outcomes for patients using this therapy,” he said.

“We were honoured to share information with our colleagues from Japan, Thailand and Australia and they were extremely impressed with the refurbished Westmead Education and Conference Centre, Level 1.”