Assoc. Professor Paul Talman
Effectiveness of multidisciplinary clinics for MND and progressive neurological diseases
Paul Talman completed a Bachelor of Science followed by medical training as a specialist neurologist and completing a PhD in Developmental Neurobiology at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne Victoria. In 1992 he began working with Dr Susan Mathers as a clinical neurologist specialising in MND. In 2004 Paul Talman initiated the Australian MND Registry bringing together the leading clinical neurologists from around Australia to design and build a national registry for MND. Since that time this group has developed a web based data collection system which has registered and followed over 2,500 MND patients and published on disease phenotypes and key stages in disease progression and survival.
The most recent area of significant work has been the study and policy development for multidisciplinary clinics in progressive neurological diseases. With the primary investigator Dr Susan Mathers (Calvary Healthcare), he was a coinvestigator in the creation and analysis of multidisciplinary clinics for MND /progressive neurological diseases, firstly at Calvary Healthcare and then at Barwon Health. This project quantified and demonstrated the effectiveness of progressive neurology clinics for this disease group and provides a template for national policy development in chronic disease clinics.