Janet McLeod OAM – Australia
Janet McLeod was born in Northern Ireland where she completed her initial nursing training. She immigrated to Western Australia in 1973 continuing her studies and nursing career in Perth.
In 1998, while completing a Masters Degree specialising in Parkinson’s disease she was appointed the inaugural Parkinson’s Nurse Specialist based with Parkinson’s WA Inc. This was a Health Department funded initiative of a 1 year trial with 1 nurse looking after the entire Perth Metropolitan area. The nursing team has now grown to 8 nurses.
Janet has presented the Western Australian model of Parkinson’s nursing at manyinternational conferences including Vienna, Durban and Washington. She has been a regular presenter at national conferences. Among other duties Janet is also involved in the production of Parkinson’s related publications used nationallyand was involved with the development of the Australian College of Nursing on line Parkinson’s Care unit of study.
In addition to previous nursing awards, in 2012 she was awarded the Dr. Rana International Award for education in the field of Parkinson’s (Canada) and the Order of Australia Medal for service to nursing and the Parkinson’s community.