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2019 Election Commitments - Make Our Stories Matter

The MS Australia 2019 Election Commitments package sets out the nine important ways our Federal politicians can help people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). 

The package comprises the 2019 Election Commitments and three Roadmaps

We seek commitments from all political parties and independents, to the nine initiatives in these Roadmaps that will each make significant improvements for people living with MS in Australia.

 
A Roadmap to Defeat
Multiple Sclerosis in Australia
A Roadmap to Support People with MS
Living with Disability

A Roadmap to Support
People Ageing with MS

 


(Note: Due to the formatting of these 3 PDF documents, please choose "fit to page" or "fit" when printing.)    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

We are seeking commitments to: 

1. Stop MS and
find a cure

4. Fully address
NDIS issues
7. Maintain the momentum of aged care reforms

2. Prevent MS

 

5. Improve employment options and workplace flexibility

8. Help people to stay at home for as long as possible

 

3. Improve the
management of MS

 

6. Stop young people
entering residential
aged care
9. Ensure equal access to assistive technology

 


In the weeks leading up to the 2019 Federal Election, we will be posting a story about each of the 9 ways our politicians can commit to helping improve the lives of people with MS.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page and share your stories too!

 

Seeking commitments to date:

  • We’ve sent a copy of our 2019 Election Commitments package to all sitting parliamentarians and to the leaders of each of the major parties asking them to commit to our nine initiatives. 
  • We’ve also sent the package to some high profile independent candidates asking them to commit too.
  • Our team of National Advocates are meeting with candidates in their electorates to seek their commitment and support.


Keep your candidates accountable:

Download and use our Federal Election 2019 Scorecard.

Meet your local candidates (via their Facebook, email, text, Town Hall meetings, shopping centre, face-to-face) and get them to commit to each of the nine issues, then give them a score and tell us the result by scanning and sending your scorecard to: info@msaustralia.org.au

 

 

Here are some responses so far:

National Advocate Lynne Smith (right) with
ALP MP member for Dobell, Emma McBride MP 

National Advocate Astrid Edwards (left) with
Greens MP for Melbourne, Adam Bandt MP.

   
   
   

National Advocate Dr Mary Webb (left) with
Greens Candidate for Canberra, Tim Hollo

National Advocate, Dr Mary Webb (left) with Liberal Candidate for Canberra, Mina Zaki.
   
   

Alicia and Mary
   
Robert Knight, Australian Progressives candidate for Canberra, poring over our Election Commitments package following a meeting with Mary Webb National Advocate Mary Webb (left) with Labor candidate for Canberra, Alicia Payne, and her young son.
   
   
   
National Advocate Jenny Wallis (right) with Liberal candidate for Braddon, Gavin Pearce. National Advocate Jenny Wallis (right) with Labor member for Braddon, Justine Keay.

 

Jenny with politicians
 
National Advocate Jenny Wallis (second from right) with candidates for Braddon (left to right), Karen Spaulding (UAP), Phill Parsons (Greens), Craig Brakey (Independent) and Sally Milbourne.


 

 

 

 

 

Message from Centre Alliance Party Member for Mayo, Rebecka Sharkie MP:

“Rebekha Sharkie MP is more than happy to commit to each of the improvements, and will endeavour to hold the major parties to account.”

 

Letter from Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Dr. Richard Di Natale:

"The Australian Greens support efforts to defeat mutliple sclerosis in Australia"

 

Letter from Senator for Victoria, Hon. Bridget McKenzie:

"The Liberal National Government recognises the significant impact that MS can have on those affected by the condition as well as their families and carers."

 

Response from the Australian Greens Candidate for Kooyong, Julian Burnside AO QC:

"We will ensure that all Australians, including those with MS, have access to the best possible models of care from the onset of their symptoms through to ongoing treatment and management."

 

Response from  Senate Candidate for Victoria for The Great Australian Party, Darryl O'Bryan:

"Research and development is mandatory in order to bring about a cure, but not only from the pharmaceutical industry but also from the other modes that have been discriminated against as a result of the changes to legislation."

 

 


Prime Minister Scott Morrison launches the MS Australia 2019 Election Commitments

 



Prime Minister, Scott Morrison launched the MS Australia 2019 Election Commitments package at a Parliamentary Friends of Multiple Sclerosis event, in the Senate Alcove, Parliament House, Canberra, on Thursday 29 November, 2018.

The MS Australia 2019 Election Commitments package sets out the nine important ways our Federal politicians can help people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). 

The package comprises the 2019 Election Commitments and three Roadmaps:
(Note: Due to the formatting of these 3 PDF documents, please choose "fit to page" or "fit" when printing.)

 
MS Australia, on behalf of the broader MS community, seeks commitments from all political parties and independents, to the nine initiatives in these Roadmaps that will each make significant improvements for people living with MS in Australia.
 
There are now more than 25,600 Australians living with MS and over 7.6 million Australians who know or have a loved one with this potentially debilitating disease.  MS is the most commonly acquired neurological disease in young adults, diagnosis is mostly between the ages of 20 and 40 and three quarters of those diagnosed are women. The economic impact of MS in Australia was $1.75 billion in 2017.*
 
"There is no known cause or single cure, but there is now an opportunity for this generation of political leaders and decision-makers to consign MS to a foot-note in history," said MS Australia CEO, Deidre Mackechnie.
 
"We need a concerted effort to provide improved support for the management and care of MS, through systemic improvements to the health care, disability care and aged care sectors," added Ms Mackechnie.
 
Further details on how these improvements will be achieved is set out in the 2019 Election Commitments and the three Roadmaps. 
 
MS Australia, with the support of those living with MS in Australia, will pursue a commitment from all politicians to each of these improvements in the lead up to the 2019 Federal election.
 
 
 
 
* Source: The Health Economic Impact of Multiple Sclerosis in Australia 2017 report, commissioned by MS Research Australia and prepared by the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania.