Conditions we support with funded assessment and intervention.

The Duncan Foundation is a charitable organisation which provides assessment, referrals and support in the management of symptoms associated for people with neurological conditions in New Zealand.

They fund a limited number of assessments for those people living with the conditions that they support who are finding it challenging to access a physical assessment of their condition and relevant advice on exercise prescription and symptom management.

Following on from the assessment you may be provided with a follow up and review session if required.  Funding will be available for these options for a period of time.

Funding will be given to people on a ‘first come first served’ basis to applicants who meet the condition criteria and who are proactive about managing the symptoms associated with their condition.

There is a limited funded time period for each condition and limited number of funded sessions.

Focal Idiopathic Dystonia

Who should apply?

  • If you have had a confirmed diagnosis of focal idiopathic dystonia (e.g. Focal Hand Dystonia, Occupational Dystonia or cervical dystonia) by a neurologist
  • No formal physical assessment for the physical management of your dystonia previously provided by a NZ based Occupational or physiotherapist experienced in the assessment and management of focal dystonia.
  • Currently there are two accredited sites providing funded services to people with idiopathic focal dystonia. Auckland – Julie Rope, Christine Tooke and Hamilton – Tracey Stirling.

The current service offered is an Initial assessment of physical function and impairment which may take up to up 1.5 hrs after which you may have a follow up and review appointment.

How do I apply?

Register HERE

This will initiate an alert to the Duncan foundation CEO, who will then make contact with you and allocate you to your regional clinician who will contact you directly to schedule an assessment. Funding will be given to people on a ‘first come first served’ basis to applicants who meet the above criteria.

Recently Diagnosed Parkinson’s

Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch

Who should apply?

  • A person who has a confirmed diagnosis of idiopathic Parkinson’s by a geriatrician or neurologist within the last year.
  • A person who has had no formal physical assessment for Parkinson’s by an experienced physiotherapist and physical management of Parkinson’s previously provided.
  • Following on from the assessment you may be provided with a follow up and review session or if suitable invited to attend a course of the high amplitude exercise group based on the principles of LSVT and other high intensity and amplitude therapy (AMPd).
  • We also have a few opportunities for completing the full LSVT programme provided by one of our experienced LSVT certified practitioners.
How do I apply?

Register your interest Here

This will initiate an alert to the Duncan foundation CEO, who will then make contact with you and allocate you to your regional clinician who will contact you directly to schedule an assessment. Funding will be given to people on a ‘first come first served’ basis to applicants who meet the above criteria.

Late Effects of Polio

Auckland, Rotorua and Christchurch 

Who should apply?

Any person with a confirmed diagnosis of having been exposed to the Polio virus by a primary health practitioner (GP/consultant), is now living with the Late Effects of polio and is wanting to be proactive about the options for physical management of their symptoms, whether their physical problems are minimal or severe.

Currently there are three accredited clinics providing funded services to people living with the late effects of Polio. Auckland: Lillian Drummond, Wellington: Ruth Noakes. Christchurch : Jessie Snowden.

The service offered is an Initial assessment of physical function and impairment which may take up to up 1.5 hrs after which there may be a follow up and review appointment scheduled as required.

How do I apply?

Register your interest Here

This will initiate an alert to the Duncan foundation CEO, who will then make contact with you and allocate you to your regional clinician who will contact you directly to schedule an assessment. Funding will be given to people on a ‘first come first served’ basis to applicants who meet the above criteria.

Friedreich Ataxia

The Centre for Brain Research Neurogenetics Research Clinic (CBR-NRC) aims to record longitudinal assessments of patients with rare neurogenetic diseases to understand better the natural history of these diseases. The assessments used will themselves be studied in order to develop sensitive tools for monitoring disease progression.

Information obtained from the assessments will be used to develop and advise patients and their treating clinicians on the best treatments in keeping with the current literature or from first principals or be used to define the patients’ individual phenotypes in order to define the clinical manifestations of neurogenetic diseases.

The measures used may be developed in collaboration with international research partners and the data shared with them.

The University of Auckland’s Clinical Research Centre within the Faculty of Health and Medical Research is physically where the study will take place. Organisationally the study takes place within the University’s Centre for Brain Research with management support from the CBR and from the University’s research office.

The Duncan Foundation funding enables Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy to be part of the clinical team involved with the Friedreich Ataxia population providing assessment and condition-based advice, and to expand the regional therapy team resources provide a collaborative network of therapists who are able to work with therapists, local to the person with the condition, to undertake the recommended therapy interventions.

How do I apply?

Register your interest Here

This will initiate an alert to the Duncan foundation CEO, who will then make contact with you and allocate you to your regional clinician who will contact you directly to schedule an assessment. Funding will be given to people on a ‘first come first served’ basis to applicants who meet the above criteria.