Melissa McConaghy – Australia
Melissa McConaghy is a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists, Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist and holds a Master of Health Science (Neurological Physiotherapy). She has been working with Parkinson's patients for 19 years and was recently awarded Australian Physiotherapist of the Year. As an educator, clinician and author, Melissa is a strong believer in exercise and its importance in the management of progressive conditions. In addition to founding and curating the largest ONLINE global Parkinson’s Conference, INSIGHT into PD in 2018, she has authored the Amazon best seller The New Parkinson’s Treatment: Exercise is Medicine and founded PD Warrior, an early intervention approach for treating Parkinson’s disease. PD Warrior has now been taught to thousands of health professionals world-wide and is currently under license in nine countries. She currently sits on the NSW Branch Council of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), is recipient of the ‘Contribution to the Profession Award’ as awarded by the NSW Branch Council and is the past Chair and National Representative of the NSW Neurology Group for the APA.