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New MS President brings wealth of experience to the role

new MS chairman
7 May 2014

MS Australia, the peak body representing more than 23,000 Australian’s living with Multiple Sclerosis, has appointed Mr David Barnes AM as their new President.

The MS Australia Board of Directors congratulates Mr Barnes on his appointment. He has a proud history working with the multiple sclerosis community in Australia having served as President of MS Western Australia for more than 13 years.

Mr Barnes was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010 for his service to the community, and to the disability sector. He is also a life member of MS Australia and a recipient of the John Studdy Award in 2009 - an award that recognises extraordinary commitment to improving the lives of people living with MS.

Mr Barnes brings a wealth of experience to the position and said he is excited about the challenge of taking up his role in MS Australia at this crucial time.

“The national disability sector is going through significant change and MS Australia’s responsibility is to ensure the sector continues to acknowledge and meet the needs of people with MS,” Mr Barnes said.

“I am excited about working with our state member organisations who support all Australians affected by MS, as well as MS Research Australia in our pursuit to provide access to new treatments and to ultimately find a cure for this life changing condition.”

Mr Barnes replaces outgoing President Rob Hubbard who has overseen significant milestones for MS Australia in recent years.

Mr Hubbard said he has been privileged to fulfil the role and to oversee the transformation of MS Australia as a national peak body in 2012, and the continued growth of the organisation.

“Now seems like the right time for a fresh approach and for new ideas in order to continue to grow MS Australia and to best represent the needs and views of people affected by MS,” he said.