“Over the past year, MS Australia has continued its mission to improve the lives of people living with and affected by MS and supercharge funding for research toward the prevention, better treatments and a cure. MS Australia is stronger than ever and I have never felt more empowered, confident, or excited about our future.”
“It has been a big 12 months for MS Australia, with many key advocacy and research activities and events to mark MS Australia’s 50th year in 2022. We have also seen some significant milestones in pursuit of our mission to achieve a world free of MS and are looking to another big year ahead.”
MS is the most common acquired chronic neurological disease affecting young adults, often diagnosed between the ages of 20 to 40 and, in Australia, affects three times more women than men. As yet, there is no cure. There is no known single cause of MS, but many genetic and environmental factors have been shown to contribute to its development. In MS, the body’s own immune system mistakenly attacks and damages the fatty material – called myelin – around the nerves. This results in a range of symptoms, but no two people experience MS in the same way.
MS Australia continues to meet its research goals, working closely with researchers and other key partners and collaborators. Over the year we undertook and supported a breadth of projects toward the top MS research priority identified in our 2021 Research and Advocacy Priorities Survey: a cure via repair and regeneration.
We continued to advocate for improved funding for MS research and sustained systemic policy change on behalf of the MS community. We put people with MS at the centre of all we do, alongside our resolve for supercharged research and advocacy through education and awareness and by influencing national policy. Seeking more funding for MS research, campaigning for a better NDIS, strengthening our partner collaborations, the release of a survey on employment and the workplace, and the launch of our MS Nurse Care Report were among our many key advocacy activities.
MS Australia’s mission is to achieve a world free of MS, improve the lives of people living with and affected by MS and supercharge funding for MS research toward the prevention, better treatments and a cure. Raising funds for MS research involves a very generous and motivated Australian community through our major fundraising activity, The May 50K, alongside other donation platforms, events and significant contributions from our MS Member Organisations, with whom we work closely.