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Parkinson Canada National Advocacy Webinar
We heard from more than 150 community members from across the country during our Parkinson Canada Roundtable Series. From Newfoundland to Nunavut to Vancouver Island, we heard from people living with Parkinson’s and their care partners, regional community organizations, and a variety of researchers and healthcare professionals.

From these discussions, we’ve identified a crucial need for increased government support to address several areas of concern related to promoting earlier diagnosis and a better system of care with increased access for all Canadians. Some of these issues include reducing wait times for diagnosis, increasing access to multidisciplinary care, and facilitating the development of a comprehensive model for holistic care in Canada. These key recommendations and insights based on the roundtables will be included in a soon-to-be-released report.
This free webinar will discuss key findings from the roundtable series, as well as outline Parkinson Canada’s next steps and recommendations. Speakers will include Parkinson Canada staff members and community leaders with lived experience. Following the presentations there will be a Q&A portion. This webinar will be offered in English with simultaneous French translation.

Dec 1, 2021 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Amanda Stanton
Director of Government Relations and Regional Partnerships @Parkinson Canada
Amanda has been heavily involved in the recently completed series of roundtables held across the country, from Newfoundland, to Nunavut, to Vancouver island. This allowed her to immerse herself deeply in the issues relevant to the Canadian Parkinson community. Furthermore, she has also been working to strengthen relationships between Parkinson Canada and other regional community organizations, as well as with elected government representatives to set a strong base for our ongoing advocacy work.
Cameron Dunkin
Director of Strategic Initiatives & Communications @Parkinson Canada
Cameron has played an integral part in the development of Parkinson Canada's advocacy strategy. He was directly involved with the planning and moderating of roundtables, and continues to work alongside the government relations team to strengthen Parkinson Canada's strategic position on key issues, such as reduction of diagnosis wait times and increased access to care.
Dr. Emily Swinkin
Neurologist and Assistant Professor, @Toronto Western Hospital and University of Toronto
Dr. Emily Swinkin is a neurologist specializing in movement disorders and neurodegenerative diseases. She is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine (Neurology) and Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She works jointly at the Movement Disorder Clinic at Toronto Western Hospital and in the Neuropsychiatry Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Dr. Swinkin obtained her medical degree from Queen’s University before completing residency and subsequent movement disorder fellowship training at the University of Toronto. Her clinical research interests lie in optimizing symptom management and improving end-of-life care in people with Parkinson's disease. She is also actively involved in medical education and enjoys teaching medical students and residents about Parkinson's disease.