I’m stepping up
to the mic!

Read Gary’s story…

I’m so relieved
now you all know!

Read Glenda’s story…

I don’t wait,
I live now!

Read Bronwyn’s story…

Im feeling fine!

Read Clyde’s story…

It’s a weird thing to say
but if it wasn’t for
Parkinson’s Disease
I wouldn’t be painting,
which I love!

Read Bernie’s story…

I’ve been a bad girl
and now I’m making
up for it!

Read Glenda’s story…

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It’s Not Funny is a community action that sheds some light on how people living with Parkinson’s Disease have reinvented themselves, telling their stories through photography, words and film.
It’s not just an old person’s disease, more people in the prime of their lives are being diagnosed and then go into hiding, uncertain, and even fearful of how they will be perceived with their condition. In showing the positive side of the illness, in a light hearted way, we are helping everyone feel at ease with the disease.
These photographs and stories will be exhibited and published as a book. The book will help raise the public consciousness about Parkinson’s Disease and will stand as a testament to those who want to leave a positive message for others who feel at a loss because of their illness.


Art Exhibition – Garvan Institute of Medical Research
9am to 5pm, 12 – 15 APRIL 2016
384 Victoria St, Darlinghurst
Bernie doesn’t just shake! is a 4 day exhibition about people living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) that have re-invented themselves and as a result are benefiting from their positive attitude.

Indeed, science is beginning to reveal that positive attitudes, community involvement, physical activity and social interactions are all beneficial for people living with PD.

The exhibition features Bernie McGrath and some of his paintings. A former successful commercial agent Bernie has reinvented himself and became a dedicated painter.

He applies an eclectic mixture of techniques to create his artworks: “I am always looking for different methods of application from using traditional instruments such as brushes and palette knives to water pistols and even the garden hose.”

Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease is life-changing news that nobody wants to receive, but it’s not all bad. By sharing the personal stories of people living with the disease It’s Not Funny reveals a positive aspect to this diagnosis. Being positive can open doors to a new aspect of life. Perhaps you reinvent yourself, perhaps you go and do those things you have always put off, perhaps you contribute to research, or you connect with others in the community to share your positivity and help them to live well too.

With much sad news about people being diagnosed with PD, we think it’s time to talk about the brighter side of living with the condition.

Come and visit the exhibition and talk to some exceptional people about the impact of being positive when diagnosed with PD.

Find out more about the exhibition…

Ordering a Bernie Dashboard Wobbly Doll

We have a latest addition to the team – a dashboard doll! Yes, these wobbly figures that you could find on many car dashboards in the 1970’s and beyond. We wanted to produce something that had an entertaining feel to it and that reminded people living with Parkinson’s Disease as well as their loved ones to be positive. So when we brainstormed ideas about an object that people could purchase we came up with the dashboard doll.

One of the people that are living with Parkinson’s Disease and that have completely re-invented themselves is Bernie. He is an inspiration to many others, becoming a passionate artist after closing down his real estate business when he was diagnosed with the disease. Bernie also loves music and has a good sense of humour. We told him about our plan to create wobbly dashboard dolls and he just loved it. He offered to be the model and that’s how our Bernie dashboard doll was born! Our focus is to raise awareness for the disease, and this event at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research is one of many campaigns that It’s Not Funny initiates. Please support our efforts by buying a Bernie Wobbly Doll or ordering a book or simply just give a donation.

Order a Bernie Dashboard Wobbly Doll…
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Book Pages

The Book can now be ordered in advance

This book raises public consciousness about Parkinson’s Disease. It is a photographic portrait of some of the people who are living in a positive way with the disease and stands as a testament to those who want to leave a positive message for others who feel at a loss because of their illness.

In the spirit of a community action your pre-order will make the book possible. The funds will go towards photography, design and printing and you will be rewarded with an exhibition, book and having created greater awareness of the disease. We have started photographing people and they are now part of this website.

So become a part of ‘It’s Not Funny’
Pre-order the book…
Put your hand up to be photographed…

Associate Professor Dr Simon Lewis is a little obsessed with finding a way to slow and perhaps even stop Parkinson’s Disease.

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How can we reduce the cost to the Health System

It’s Not Funny is a community action – the “people’s voice”. We are a gathering together of those touched by the disease. This means we work with you and you work with us to get our message out there. To be truly effective we are also uniting ourselves as one voice to lobby Government for better support.

Parkinson’s Disease is recognised as one of the worst degenerative illnesses but it is not considered a national health priority even though the cost burden was $6.8 billion in 2005. There are 80,000 people with the disease and this is expected to treble to 240,000 by 2033. 20% of sufferers are early on-setters – that is, in their 50s or younger.

This is the Summary of the 2007 Access Economics report:

Lobby Government
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Bernie took over the Garvan for a night

April 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Click on link to watch a movie of the panel discussion: Geoff Gary John John McDonald Paul Glenda Anthony Clyde Cyborg Blues Come and have a look at the exhibition! Go to this link for more information about the panel discussion on the opening night Exhibition details: Bernie Doesn’t Just Shake! 9AM to 5PM, 12 […]
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Three weeks to go!

March 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

The It’s Not Funny team wishes you all a relaxing Easter break! The Easter weekend marks another milestone in our preparation for the upcoming exhibition ‘Bernie Doesn’t Just Shake!’ at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in three weeks. The exhibition runs for 5 days from 11 – 15 April 2016 with opening hours from […]
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The Big Event

March 13, 2016 | 2 Comments

At It’s Not Funny we have been looking for a way to promote the Bernie dashboard doll and raise awareness for Parkinson’s Disease. During a meeting with the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney an idea was born – we are organising an art exhibition to showcase how Parkinson’s sufferers can benefit from embracing […]
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The Making of Bernie Dashboard Wobbly Doll

March 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

In our last post we explained how the idea to create a dashboard doll (also called wobbly doll) of Bernie was born. Bernie loved the idea and happily became our model for the first prototype of the dashboard doll. We were incredibly lucky to find the company Wysiwyg 3D who were happy to create the […]
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Something memorable to support our cause

February 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

We here at It’s Not Funny’ have been quietly working on a number of initiatives that will be rolled out in the coming weeks and months. To kick off, we want to tell you about our latest addition to the team – a dashboard doll! Yes, these wobbly figures that you could find on many […]
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Happiness and Health

October 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Prevention is better than cure. Adopting an early positive approach does help in coping and fighting the symptoms of PD. Even though this article is not specifically about Parkinson’s Disease it’s still relevant. The biology of emotion—and what it may teach us about helping people to live longer Link to the article The biology of […]
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I feel fine

October 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

So what’s Clyde got to smile about? It’s Not Funny has taken the obvious head on. Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease is not that funny, so what do we do about it? On a more medical level, there is researched evidence that being positive helps a lot. Positive Attitude Can Benefit Patients with Chronic Disease […]
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Gary’s not just an actor…

October 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Meeting Gary for the first time is like being welcomed as a friend. He’s easy to be be with and you soon forget that you’re surrounded by a successful business that he and his wife Jayne have built. And it’s impressive, with it’s hustle and bustle of staff and customers enjoying a “to die for” […]
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Gary draws upon past roles to take on the future

September 22, 2015 | 1 Comments

Without question, being diagnosed with an incurable disease is devastating. It’s life changing and mercilessly confronting, but it does trigger deep resources that lie within. It dawned upon Gary to live with the disease will be like acting out a part in a play. Each challenge would require a script and a performance. He had […]
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Bernie is truly an action painter

June 30, 2015 | 2 Comments

Bernie is truly an action painter Bernie has a great story about how DBS help him reinvent himself. Before getting Parkinson’s Disease, Bernie was a successful commercial agent and he was good, very good. So what does a man like Bernie do when his shakes are too obvious to hide, Bernie moved to the country, […]
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