Australian Dystonia Awareness Week    14 – 21 September

Dystonia Network of Australia Inc. (DNA) is proud to announce that we have secured the 14 – 21 September inclusive for the Australian Dystonia Awareness Week on the National Australian government calendar. We hope all who suffer from dystonia, Dystonia Organisations, groups and interested parties take advantage of this week and put your thinking caps on and think of how you might celebrate Dystonia Awareness. Stay tuned to our press release and news pages on our web site for updates. For more information about Dystonia go to or email us on 
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Best wishes to all the Australians who have Dystonia in this the Government’s Australian Dystonia Awareness Week 14-21 September 2018 from everyone at Dystonia Network of Australia Inc. The National Association and Charity for adults and children with Dystonia.


Dystonia Network of Australia Inc. 4th Dystonia Awareness Seminar, Sydney

 14 September 2018

 Sydney  seminar invitation and registration September 2018


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dystonia Network of Australia Sydney Seminar Program


 Please Note: Program is subject to change.

Dystonia Network of Australia Inc. 1st Dystonia Awareness Seminar, Adelaide

Draft Program 21 September 2018


Program – Adelaide Seminar 21 Sep 2018 – Dystonia Network of Australia


Seminar Registration

Please Note: Program is subject to change.



Dr. Florence Chang:   Research Project:

 20/08/18         Participants with writer’s cramp or cervical dystonia needed for research into what is the cause of primary dystonia at Westmead hospital.



Peter and Margot are pleased to announce the premiere of the short film ‘Dystonia’

DNA would like to Congratulate Peter and Margot and wish them all the very best for the premiere of the short film ‘Dystonia’

Dystonia – The  Short  Film   Written and directed by Peter Chiverton

Starring Lydia Fay, Nathan Bolton and Charlotte Jakubowski

Date and Time: Tuesday 5 June 2018,7pm 

Venue: Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett Street, Adelaide



 Here is the link to the 40 second trailer for the film.






Jean-Pierre Bleton's book. A physiotherapy handbook

Merz Pharmaceuticals has once again donated 100 translated copies of Jean-Pierre Bleton’s book for physiotherapists – Spasmodic Torticollis – A physiotherapy handbook –

If you would like a copy for your physio please contact DNA on with your request and postal address. There is no cost for the book but there is a P&P fee of $8.00. You can pay this fee into Dystonia Network of Australia Inc’s bank account: BSB 062 601 Account number 1039 3686. Many thanks to Debbie Marques and  Merz Pharmaceuticals for providing the books.





DNA Dystonia Awareness Seminar 2017

Kindly sponsored By Medtronic 

Dear Members and the Dystonia community, we had a very successful Dystonia Awareness Seminar on 29 September 2017. It was wonderful to meet everyone and put names to faces especially at the pre-seminar dinner. We had registrants from Adelaide, Melbourne, country NSW, ACT, Queensland and New Zealand. The venue suited us really well and the food was delicious. Our thanks to all the speakers in particular our keynote speaker Professor George Mellick who came down from Brisbane on the day. Most of the other speakers were also generous with their time and stayed throughout the day. The presentations were excellent and we were able to get permission to video-tape all the sessions so now we just have to edit them and hand them to our web designer to put on the web site. We will let everyone know when they are available. There will be a fee for those who were unable to attend the seminar. Our thanks also to Medtronic who were our sponsors on the day.

                                                                  Pre Seminar Dinner








  Dystonia Network of Australia Inc.    Proudly Presents our 2017 Dystonia Awareness Seminar

Kindly Sponsored By

Dystonia Awareness Seminar Invitation 29th September 2017

       Invitation                                                                                                                                         Information  Sheet


                                                                                                      Dystonia Awareness Seminar Information Sept. 2017








Dystonia Network Of Australia Inc. and Fiona who is a member of DNA and lives in Cook,  ACT  thought it would be a wonderful and a very beneficial thing for all to start up a face to face support group for Canberra and the surrounding districts. You do not have to be a member of DNA to attend this group. The support group is open to all people that need support with dystonia, as well as their carers and family.  We hope that this is the start of many new friendships and ongoing get togethers!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If interested in more details please contact Kerrie on Ph: 02 4784 3368,  Mob: 0414 648 571 or Email  We are looking forward to seeing everyone!!                                                                                         WarmRegards,                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kerrie, Laraine and Fiona DNA Member.




Dear Members,
– Since there were no objections to administrators taking part in the member forum in the web site, Kerrie, Laraine and 2 members of the committee will take part in and monitor the forum hopefully to make it more active and to encourage members to use it. We ask our members to go in and make themselves familiar with it. Any queries that cannot be answered in the forum can be put to the advisory board with permission from the person asking the question even although they will retain anonymity. Of course the queries can only be answered in a general sense.







Fly For The Kids:

Associate Professor Andrew Kornberg from The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne is on a fundraising mission to help support a Complex Movement Disorder Clinic at RCH for illnesses like Cerebral palsy, Dystonia, and Neurodegenerative diseases the clinic will consist of a multi-disciplinary team of neurologists, orthopaedic surgeons, rehabilitation specialists and other medical and allied health professionals working together to provide a comprehensive and world class program for these children, with therapies such as Deep Brain Stimulation and intensive therapies that decrease pain. A/Professor Kornberg has planned a 27day fundraising journey circumnavigate Australia – flying solo, starting on Sunday 5th March 2017 at the end of the Australian International Airshow, at Avalon Airport in Victoria.
If you would like more information or donate please go to:




Neuroscience Consumer Survey for anybody Living in the Northern Suburbs of Sydney:

This Survey has now closed 16/2/17

Dystonia Network of Australia has been asked to provide a link to a short consumer survey from the Northern Sydney Local Health District Neurosciences Network. This is a network of health service clinicians who focuses on strategically reviewing health services related to neurological and neurosurgical conditions provided by the Northern Sydney Local Health District.

Their aim is to ensure that the right services are provided in the right place, at the right time and that optimal and efficient patient-focused care is delivered.

They have created a short consumer survey to allow patients, carers and family to give feedback regarding the services on offer to them from the Health District. This is with the aim of using the feedback they receive, to improve service delivery and ensure that strategic service planning takes into consideration the consumers point of view.

Feedback is required by 6th February 2017.

Link to Neuroscience Network Consumer Survey:

A PDF version is also attached

NSLHD Neuroscience Consumer Survey 2017

On Behalf of the Northern Sydney Local Health District Neurosciences Network.




The Disability Trust:

  “ Your Voice, Your Choice“ aims to provide the questions, and hopefully most of the answers, that will keep you informed and able to use your voice to achieve your choice.  If  there is a topic, article, event, or anything for people with disabilities, their families and carers, and people working in the sector, that we should know about, then contact us at                            Editor: Sean O’Neill.

Exert From The Disability Trust Newsletter October 2016.

The Disability Trust Contact Details: 100-102   Jardine St. Fairy Meadow NSW Australia 2519.        Ph: (02) 4295 9806  /  Fax: (02) 4255 8088    Website:  or   Newsletter Editor:

A Big Thank You to The Disability Trust for giving Dystonia Network of Australia Inc. the opportunity to advertise our Dystonia Awareness Notice in the October 2016 issue of:       Your Voice Your Choice Newsletter.

The Disability Trust

Download the Newsletter PDF


PATHWAY         Pathway Summer 2016 


A Big Thank You to PATH Inc. for giving Dystonia Network of Australia Inc. the opportunity to advertise our Dystonia Awareness Notice in the November 2016 issue of  the Pathway Newsletter.




For information on all areas of Australia.


The Wrap  June 2017

Health consumer news and views.         Newsletter from Health Consumers NSW

Consumers Health Forum of Australia:  –  

State Peak Health Consumer Organisations:

ACT: Health Care Consumers’ Association of the ACT (HCCA)

QLD: Health Consumers Queensland (HCQ)

NSW: Health Consumers NSW (HCNSW)

SA: Health Consumers Alliance of SA (HCASA)

VIC: Health Issues Centre (HIC)

WA: Health Consumers’ Council

Kerrie Jackson Health Consumer Representative,                                                                                                                                                                      Wentworth Healthcare Ltd. (ABN 88 155 904 975) Provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains PHN



September 2016                            

If you would like to take part in this Study please ask your Movement Disorder Specialist to refer you to Dr Kumar.                

Dr Kumar’s interview with the Dubbo Weekender Sept. 2015
The interview talks about the Paul Ainsworth Family Foundation, donation to fund research at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, for two of the most common types of dystonia which affect the (neck) Cervical Dystonia and the (vocal cords) Spasmodic Dysphonia.

      Dr Kishore Kumar Dubbo Weekender 2015 1

           With approval of Dubbo Weekender




Dystonia Research Study for Cervical Dystonia

18 th October 2016.


Dear Members and Patients with Cervical Dystonia.

Professor Lynley Bradnam and Dr Alana McCambridge,
Are asking for patient participants for their brain stimulation study for cervical dystonia at the University of  Technology in Sydney.They would like another 8 people so they can complete the study.

Please see the attached invitation letter and participant information sheet with contact details if you would like to take part in the study.

 On Behalf of:

Professor Lynley Bradnam,  Professor of Physiotherapy at UTS. and

Dr Alana McCambridge,  Postdoctoral research fellow, Physiotherapy at UTS.

 Warm Regards,

Kerrie & Laraine.

Letter of Invitation

Information Sheet & Contact Details



 The Nepean Disability Expo

16th & 17th September 2016

Hi All,
After a very informative Seminar Last Friday (report & photo’s to follow)  Dystonia Network Of Australia Inc. (DNA)  Invites you to attend an Event at Penrith Panthers at the foot of the Blue Mountains on Friday Sept.16th & Saturday Sept.17th where our Dystonia Banner will be flying high once again as we will be one of the Exhibitors at The Nepean Disability Expo. We would love to meet you for a coffee and chat.  This is certainly a fantastic opportunity for us to gain Dystonia awareness throughout all kinds of disability and health organisations. 


Dystonia Network of Australia Inc. Proudly Presents Our 2016

Dystonia Awareness Seminar

Friday 2nd September at Westmead Hospital

We had a very successful Dystonia Awareness Seminar at Westmead Hospital last Friday with 60+ people including members, family and health professionals braving the awful wet weather to enjoy wonderful, professional presentations and abundant, delicious food.  Many of the presenters spent the whole day at the seminar and spoke with attendees at break times. Our thanks to everyone involved, especially Medtronic our sponsor for the seminar. Evaluations of the day (around 50% return) were excellent and returned an average of 4.7/5 for the day overall. We will be writing a full report for the web site. We have asked for a summary or the slides used,  from our presenters and we will get those out to you as soon as they come in




Dr Lucia Zacchi, who is a Molecular Biologist and is heavily involved in Dystonia Research at University of Qld, The goals of her research are to identify therapeutic targets for Dystonia and to understand how the disease develops. In one of her projects, and in collaboration with Dr George Mellick from Griffith University, they are comparing the proteins in the blood of Dystonia patients and healthy individuals. She is looking forward to sharing with you some of the results of these studies! We may also hear of ways that we can become involved in some of her research work and of future research projects. 




Dystonia Network of Australia Inc. Invites You To Our

Dystonia Awareness Seminar

on Friday 2nd September at Westmead Hospital


Reminder to all NSW country and interstate Dystonia Network of Australia Inc. members needing some financial assistance to help attend the seminar you can apply to DNA by contacting us on                                          Ph:(02)4784 3368 or Email:



Dear Members & supporters of Dystonia Network of Australia,

above are the invitation, audiovisual consent form and seminar information form. We hope to see as many as possible there on the day. We will follow up with the completed programme with sponsorship information in the next few weeks. As we have discussed, country and interstate members can apply for assistance from DNA. Please contact us if you are interested.


Dystonia Awareness Seminar Invitation 2nd Sept. 2016

Dystonia Awareness Seminar Information 2nd September 2016

Dystonia Awareness Seminar Information 2nd September 2016

Warm Regards,
Kerrie, Laraine & the DNA Committee.
Kerrie Jackson – President
Laraine McAnally – Public Officer








4 th April 2016.

New Botulinum Toxin Neurology Clinic Now Opened at Wollongong Public Hospital

      Treatment will Be Administered  By:  A/Prof John Carmody FRCPI FRACP PhD. 

The following information was sent to DNA by Professor Carmody. “A/Prof. John Carmody recently established a new Botulinum Toxin Neurology Clinic at Wollongong Public Hospital     Over the last 25-30 years, patients with dystonia from the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions have had to travel to Sydney to receive Botulinum Toxin therapy.   But now, people from these areas who experience any of the following conditions are very welcome to contact us:

  • Forms of dystonia
    • Cervical dystonia
    • Blepharospasm
    • Focal limb dystonia
    • Oromandibular dystonia
    • Dystonic tremor
    • Axial dystonia
  • Other conditions which are treated include
    • Jaw clenching/bruxism
    • Hemifacial spasm
    • Excessive saliva (e.g. in Parkinson’s disease)
    • Chronic migraine
    • Excessive sweating (e.g. underarms)
    • Focal spasticity (e.g. after stroke, spinal cord injury)

This service is provided weekly at the Neurology Clinic, Level 4, Block C, Wollongong Public Hospital.   Treatment is administered by A/Prof John Carmody FRCPI FRACP PhD.   Interested health care professionals or patients are encouraged to contact us.   Contact details – Tel: 02 4253 4430,  Fax: 02 4253 4436″




21 January 2016 – Please note that this survey has been closed. 7 December 2015 Professor Lynley Bradnam from UTS Sydney, Physiotherapist Melani Boyce and doctors from Westmead Hospital are carrying out a research project on Dystonia. Please see below for the information on the research project and link to the survey which is for all people with dystonia. We urge you to considering taking part. The survey will run until February 1, 2016 An exploration of the relationship between confidence in balance and fear of falling to functional independence in people with dystonia My name is Dr Lynley Bradnam and I am an academic at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). I am conducting this research with my investigators Dr Li Khim Kwah from UTS, Ms Melani Boyce from the Department of Physiotherapy at Westmead Hospital, Sydney and the Department of Neurology at Westmead Hospital. The purpose of this research is to understand from people living with dystonia whether dystonia impacts on daily function and influences confidence in performing physical activities. Research like this will help us to better understand the effect of dystonia on function in daily life. If you have been diagnosed with dystonia by a neurologist you are eligible to participate. I will ask you to complete a short survey and 3 validated questionaries that will altogether take no more than 15 minutes to complete. The survey is completely anonymous and you cannot be identified from your answers. You can change your mind at any time and stop completing the survey without consequences. If you agree to be part of the research and to research data gathered from this survey to be published in a form that does not identify you, please continue with answering the survey questions. If you have concerns about the research that you think I can help you with, please feel free to contact me on This research project has ethical approval from the UTS Human Resarch Ethics Committee. If you would like to talk to someone who is not connected with the research, you may contact the Research Ethics Officer on 02 9514 9772 or and quote this number: ETH15-0096 This is the link to the survey:



    26 August 2015 Press release update  This PDF document was uploaded today on the Department of Health web site with a few minor changes in wording from the previous document of 19 September 2015. The issues as below are unchanged faqs-botulinum-toxin-1-sept-2015 23 August 2015 Press release update with more details regarding changes for consumers and neurologists where botulinum toxin under PBS conditions is injected in the neurologists’ private rooms. The revision will still affect patients in that they will be paying a co-payment fee of $37.70 or $6.10 (concession) unless the public hospital pharmacy waives the fee. However, this document states patients will not be required to attend the public hospital pharmacy to hand in the script, as previously suggested. We have attached the PDF document for you to view. Some of the details have still not been worked out and it may be that different areas will have different arrangements, in particular how the botulinum toxin will be transported to the neurologists’ rooms. We urge you to read the document below and contact DNA if you have any concerns and we will act on your behalf.



Press Release 22 August 2015 –

Inaugural Dystonia Seminar at the Garvan 14th August 2015.

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Guest Speakers: Dr B. Jonker DNA President Kerrie Jackson and Public Officer Laraine McAnally,Dr S. Tisch, Physio. M. Boyce, Keynote Speaker Prof. M. de Koning-Tijessen, (Netherlands), Physio. Prof. L. Bradnam, Dr. F. Chang, A/Prof. V. Fung, Manager S.Path. Helen Brake.

Guest Speakers:
Dr B. Jonker, DNA President Kerrie Jackson and Public Officer Laraine McAnally, Dr S. Tisch,  M. Boyce Physiotherapist,  Keynote Speaker Professor M. de Koning-Tijssen (Netherlands),  Professor  L. Bradnam Physiotherapist,  Dr. F. Chang,  A/Professor  V. Fung, and H. Brake Manager Speech Pathology.

Friday 14 August 2015. We had an excellent day with 96 registrants and an amazing range of guest speakers in the auditorium at the Garvan Institute, Sydney, including our Keynote Speaker Professor Marina de Koning-Tijssen from the Netherlands. Patients, carers, nurses, medical staff and allied health professionals combined to make a very appreciative audience and were introduced to a wide range of interesting, professional presentations on different aspects of dystonia, from eminent Australian experts in the field of movement disorders. Our thanks to Peter Jackson for the wonderful photos and the Genetic Alliance for their assistance in making this, our first seminar, so successful.


Some attendees of the Dystonia seminar

Some attendee's of the Dystonia seminar.

Some attendees of the Dystonia seminar.


Some attendee's of the Dystonia seminar.

Other attendees of the Dystonia seminar.

Some attendee's of the Dystonia seminar.

Some other attendees of the Dystonia seminar.


Dystonia Network of Australia Inc. Seminar 14/8/15. Jump for Dystonia

Dystonia Network of Australia Inc. Seminar 14/8/15.
“Jump for Dystonia”


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