Parkinson's Early Onset Peer Support Group

Early Onset 17 Nov

We are delighted to confirm that our Next Peer Support Meeting will be held on Wednesday 17th November at 5.30pm - 7pm and we have secured CDHB Parkinson's Nurse: Helen Skene. We strongly encourage you to pop your name down for this event to give us an idea of numbers that are interested (Please RSVP to Kirsty via email: or by phone: 03 366 2857).

We are really hoping that this event can proceed 'in person' at our Gym | MSPC Offices | 49 Sir William Pickering Drive. We we will keep you posted nearer to the time as this will be dependent on numbers attending, COVID alert levels and government guidelines. Whether in person or via Zoom, we know that Helen will be an exceptional speaker so please be sure to pop the date in your diary now! Please note: We will be hosting this at the slightly later time of 5.30pm until 7pm (to allow those of you working enough travel time to attend).

We would like to welcome all Early Onset Parkinson’s people under 65 years of age (both members and non members) to come along.

** Please RSVP by calling 03 366 2857 or by email to: **

We warmly invite you to bring a partner / support person should you wish: we appreciate that many early onset Parkinson’s people can find it particularly challenging for themselves and their family, from a medical, psychological and social standpoint.

Looking forward to 2022:
We are already busy making plans for our Early Onset Parkinson's Peer Support Groups in 2022, and we warmly invite you to let us know if there are any speakers you would specifically like to hear from next year. We have already noted

  • Dr Michael MacAskill - Research Director, NZ Brain Research Institute
  • Prof. Tim Anderson - Neurologist & Clinical Director of NZ Brain Research Institute
  • In addition to experts in the field of Nutrition, Financial Health and Mental Wellbeing for those living with Parkinson's.

We will be approaching speakers with a view to locking them in for the dates that we have already set aside.

Scheduled Dates for 2022

Wednesday 19th January – An online zoom catch up following Christmas, just to check in and see how everyone is

Wednesday 16th February – 4.30 – 6pm | MSPD Canterbury Office | Dr Michael MacAskill

"My training is in experimental psychology and my original research interests were particularly in the effects of neurological disease upon the control of fast eye movements (saccades). I've subsequently become involved in broader topics related to Parkinson’s disease, such as its epidemiology and the risk of hallucinations and cognitive decline. This has been enabled by the long-standing participation in our research programme by more than 300 local people with Parkinson's and their families. Recently I've also become involved in studying the epidemiology of multiple sclerosis. I also have a strong interest in scientific computing, particularly in using R and Python to both conduct and analyse experiments.

As Research Director at the New Zealand Brain Research Institute (NZBRI), I have a broader role in promoting and coordinating the research activities of the Institute as a whole.

I've had the pleasure of supervising a large number of doctoral, masters, and BMedSc thesis students. These students have come from a variety of disciplines, including medicine, psychology, physiotherapy, physics, and radiography. Topics have ranged from eye and hand movement control to brain imaging, neuropsychological testing, hallucinations, and clinical assessment."

Wednesday 30th March - 4.30 – 6pm | Venue and Speaker TBC

Wednesday 11th May - 4.30 – 6pm | Venue and Speaker TBC

Wednesday 22nd June - 4.30 – 6pm | Venue and Speaker TBC

Wednesday 3rd August - 4.30 – 6pm | Venue and Speaker TBC

Wednesday 14th September - 4.30 – 6pm | Venue and Speaker TBC

Wednesday 26th October - 4.30 – 6pm | Venue and Speaker TBC

Wednesday 7th December - 4.30 – 6pm | Venue and Speaker TBC