WNSW PHN Launches Movement Disorder Nurse Specialist Pilot Program


Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN) has opened applications for its Movement Disorder Nurse Specialist Pilot Program.

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, the Movement Disorder Nurse Specialist Pilot aims to improve access to specialised nursing care across our region for people living with neurological conditions.

The Pilot is focused on building the skill and confidence levels of 12 Registered Nurses across the WNSW PHN region by providing scholarships to undertake postgraduate study and membership to relevant peak bodies, with a priority focus on Parkinson’s Disease.

WNSW PHN CEO, Andrew Harvey, says the Pilot will substantially improve health outcomes for patients in our region by providing more trained staff in more readily accessible locations for patients.

“This is a first for our region,’ said Mr Harvey.

“This Pilot will remove the barriers for 12 Registered Nurses to access theoretical knowledge, practical skills through supported industry placements, and ongoing mentoring and networking support, ultimately leading to a sustainable and customised model of care for patients.”

“Applications are open now, and I am certain that the 12 scholarships will generate a lot of interest,’ Mr Harvey added.

The model of care has been strongly supported by Parkinson’s NSW, Associate Professor Rachel Rossiter of Charles Sturt University and the Australasian Neuroscience Nurses Association who are all active partners in the implementation of this pilot.

Parkinson’s NSW CEO, Jo-Anne Reeves, says she is committed to this partnership.

“This program will be instrumental in helping to build knowledge around Parkinson’s in rural and remote communities, and we’re looking forward to supporting and working with the 12 successful applicants.”

The Movement Disorder Nurse Specialist Pilot Program is open to Registered Nurses currently working in the WNSW PHN region for the Far West or Western NSW Local Health Districts, General Practices or Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations.

More information on WNSW PHN’s Movement Disorder Nurse Specialist Pilot and Expressions of Interest are available online at

Applications will close at 11:59pm Sunday November 15, 2020.