National Parkinson’s Study Using Wearable Technology

Study sites are available in Sydney, Melbourne, Geelong, Hobart, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Tamworth*

When you see your doctor, they usually ask how you have been. Sometimes it may be hard to remember or describe your symptoms and this is where a monitoring device may help you.

The PKG Watch® is a wrist worn device that records your Parkinson’s symptoms and reminds you when to take your Parkinson’s disease medication as prescribed by your doctor. 

The PKG® Watch should be worn by the patient for 6-10 days. At the end of the recording period, the data is uploaded for processing. The PKG® is generated and emailed to the patient’s clinician, graphically and numerically depicting the movement of the patient. 

The PKG® shows scores representative of dyskinesia and bradykinesia, compared to controls, throughout the day and from day to day. Other information such as medication compliance, motor fluctuations, immobility, tremor and periods where the PKG® Watch was not worn are also shown. 

To participate you will need to:

  • Have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease
  • Be aged 59-75 years
  • Not received DBS, DuoDopa or Apomorphine therapy
  • People who are on 3 or few Levodopa doses per day provided they have had PD for 4 or more years or
  • Be taking 4 or more doses of levodopa medication (Kinson, Madopar or Stalevo) each day or have been diagnosed for 4 years or more.
  • Be able to travel to a study clinic
 
NOTE:  There may be some flexibility in the criteria.   We encourage you to register and discuss your circumstances with the trial coordinator who can assess your eligibility

Study Clinics  

  • St Vincent’s Melbourne
  • Westmead Sydney
  • Royal Adelaide 
  • Royal Hobart
  • Princes Alexandra Brisbane 
  • Beach Brain Sunshine Coast*
  • Canterbury Neurology Surrey Hills
  • Geelong Victoria*
  • Tamworth*^  

*Are new locations for 2019

^Site is still being finalised – dependant on interest

What is involved?

You will be required to attend a participating clinic on at least three occasions and as many as seven times.  Participating clinics will be available Australia wide.

You will undergo examinations and tests similar to when you visit your neurologist.  Before each visit, you will also be asked to wear a PKG watch for a week.

Based on the various tests, doctors may change your medication to improve the control of your Parkinson’s.  

For further information

Download the Flyer

Email: PKG@florey.edu.au

Phone: +61 439 207 518

Learn more about other research projects currently underway in Australia