Despite the challenges the pandemic brought, this past year has been a momentous time in MS Australia’s history. Australians living with MS are now represented by a single, efficient national body that speaks with one voice. Every dollar we spend supports the current and future needs of Australians living with and affected by MS and our relentless pursuit of a cure. MS Australia’s key focus is providing the best outcomes for people with MS and overseeing our research program to better treat, prevent and ultimately find a cure for MS.
COVID-19, of course, has presented significant challenges for MS Australia and the broader MS community. However, we’ve been able to pivot to ensure research gets funded, submissions are made, and our voices are heard. The MS Australia staff and team leaders deserve praise for their ability to make things happen, even as our physical offices opened and closed, events and meetings were postponed, and new, online solutions were found to ensure we were able to work together while working apart.
MS Australia rose to the challenge, adapting ways of working to support the MS and research communities. Researchers received extensions and financial support to continue their work, and funding for additional research registries enabled investigation of the impact of COVID-19 on people living with MS. MS Australia also worked hard to keep the MS community informed with the latest COVID-19 information and medical advice.