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Prime Minister Scott Morrison launches MS Australia;s 2019 Election Commitments



Prime Minister, Scott Morrison launched MS Australia's 2019 Election Commitments package at a Parliamentary Friends of Multiple Sclerosis event, in the Senate Alcove, Parliament House, Canberra, 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:
 
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," say 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," add Ms Mackechnie.
 

We are seeking commitments to:

1. Stop MS and find a cure

2. Prevent MS

3. Improve the management of MS

4. Fully address NDIS issues

5. Improve employment options and workplace flexibility

6. Stop young people entering residential aged care

7. Maintain the momentum of aged care reforms

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

9. Ensure equal access to assistive technology

 
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.