MDSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting 2019

15 – 17 November 2019, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide



Olivia Nassaris

Olivia Nassaris has an extensive background in both communications and advocacy in aged care, higher education and health both in Brazil and Australia. Her role as CEO of Parkinson's SA has given her strong expertise in business development, key strategic partnerships, philanthropic grants and communications.

Under her dynamic leadership she has created a client-centred hub with professional services focussing on living well as we age. Parkinson's SA recently moved to a bigger and better-equipped office and client space. The former Parkinson's SA building next door was transformed into The Good Health Collective – a group of allied health practitioners who specialise in Parkinson's and other movement disorders.

At the heart of everything Olivia focusses on maximising choice, independence and wellbeing for older people and people with movement disorders. With those aims in mind she founded Parkinson's SA's social enterprise Brain x Body Fitness Studio.

The Brain X Body Fitness Studio focuses on body and brain health through exercise that encourages neuroplasticity. The mission is to provide members from middle-age onwards with access to world-leading equipment and technology that enables them to reach and maintain their optimum brain health, flexibility, balance and active ageing.

She is passionate about community health and improving the lives of those living with neurological diseases, both young and old. She is a board member of The Rare Find Foundation that supports families and research for GM2 conditions




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