Employment & legal

There are practical strategies that can help you stay employed and actively contribute to your community, even with Parkinson’s. To navigate the workplace effectively, consider making adjustments, seeking support, and exploring potential accommodations to accommodate any changes in your abilities.

Start by taking stock of your current situation and assessing how Parkinson’s symptoms may affect your work. Identify any specific challenges you might face and think about possible solutions. This could involve discussing potential modifications to your role or seeking support from your employer or colleagues.

  • EMPLOYMENT & LEGAL | Free telephone legal services

    There are many organisations throughout Australia that can help provide advice on legal services available for free. This is not a comprehensive list, but a great place to start reaching out for legal assistance.

  • EMPLOYMENT & LEGAL | Flexible working arrangements

    Employees with a disability like Parkinson's have the right to request changes in working arrangements if they have been with the same employer for at least 12 months.

  • EMPLOYMENT & LEGAL | Planning for the future

    Having been diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s, you may feel confused about your wellbeing and finances. This fact sheet can help clear things up.

If your job involves driving, it’s essential to address this aspect specifically. Explore available resources and technologies that can assist with driving, and ensure you are aware of any legal requirements related to driving with Parkinson’s. You can find more information on driving and technology to help you make informed decisions.

Remember, if your goal is to remain a valued member of the workforce, and there are often legal protections and strategies in place to support individuals with health conditions. Familiarise yourself with employment laws and regulations that may provide additional safeguards or accommodations for individuals with Parkinson’s. This knowledge can empower you to engage in open and productive conversations with your employer about your needs.

Overall, staying employed with Parkinson’s may require some adjustments, but with the right strategies, support, and communication, you can continue to thrive in the workplace and contribute meaningfully to your community.