The Role of a Social Worker in Parkinson’s Care

Amanda shares with listeners her social work journey, navigating the disability sector, working in statutory services in the UK and traveling across the world on the Churchill fellowship. She has carved out a niche for her private practice working in Parkinson’s care. Listen to the episode to hear Amandas story. 

Amanda is an accredited mental health social worker, she has a Bachelor of Social Work, a Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, a Certificate IV in Assessment and Training. She has over 19 years experience working with individuals and families affected by chronic illness. Amanda offers Parkinson’s Specific Counselling for individuals and families.

In 2007, she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigated models of care for Young-Onset Parkinsons Disease. Her recommendations were accepted by Parkinsons Australia and led to the inaugural Young Onset Parkinsons Conference.

Having previously worked for Parkinsons Victoria, she is passionate about supporting people faced with neurological illness and is experienced supporting people through her past work over the helpline, facilitating support groups, coordinating support forums and conducting family meetings. 


What advice do you have for the audience ?

‘’Get educated and learn about the subject matter’’

  • Take self care seriously 
  • Committed to your own self care
  • Exercise 
  • Sport 
  • Hobby

‘’Our work is unseen, you may never know the impact of your work’’

What’s the most recent book you’ve read? 

Podcasts – Brene Browns Unlocking us

What’s the last tv show you binge watched?

Outlander 

What’s one dish you cook well?

Spaghetti bolognese 

Favourite things to do on a day off?

Bike ride

Back up career? What did you want to be when you were a kid?

Actor , photography 

A quote or mantra that resonates with you?

Try to be your best self

The best version you can be 

Check out Amanda’s churchill fellowship report https://www.churchilltrust.com.au/project/?id=PR0012817

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