13 February 2020
On Wednesday 12 February, MS Australia was delighted to host a Parliamentary Friends of MS event in Parliament House, Canberra. The event was arranged in response to a request from the two Co-Chairs of the Parliamentary Friends of MS, Senator Deb O’Neill and Senator Wendy Askew, for a briefing to Senators and MPs on the latest MS research developments.
Following a welcome to guests by MS Australia CEO, Deidre Mackechnie (pictured with Senator Wendy Askew), guest speaker Breony Heanue, a young woman living with MS, spoke about the importance of about current research momentum and future discovery to the MS community and the impact of this vital work on people living with MS.
Dr Matthew Miles, CEO, MS Research Australia, then provided a briefing on the latest MS research developments on a national and international scale. Dr Miles also provided a briefing on research into the progressive form of MS and the collaborative work of the international progressive MS alliance.
We were also pleased to be joined by members of the Canberra MS community, all of whom live with MS or care for someone with MS. It was great for parliamentarians to be able to interact with the MS community in this way to gain further insights into the impact of MS on people’s lives.