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Tasmanian campaigner to lead MS Australia national advocacy effort

MS campaigner Andrew Potter
20 May 2014

Tasmanian Andrew Potter has been appointed the new National Coordinator of the MS Australia Advocates program.

Mr Potter, from Ulverstone in the state’s north-west is approaching 25 years since his MS diagnosis. As National Coordinator of the MS Australia Advocates program he will be responsible for taking forward the advocacy agenda of MS Australia, the national peak body representing more than 23,000 Australians living with MS.

The MS Australia Advocates program was established in 2008 and has set the benchmark within the disability sector for community driven campaigns and lobbying activity.

It consists of 14 advocates from various locations across Australia who all have a personal connection with MS and who work to build relationships with Federal, state and local decision makers.

Mr Potter has been a long-term advocate for people with MS, having been a national advocate with MS Australia since the program began.

"The National Advocates Program really highlights the complexity and variation that exists across the MS community in Australia," Mr Potter said.

"All of the advocates have an amazing story to tell that reflects that no two cases of MS are the same. What we share, is a commitment to living life to the fullest with our diagnosis. Together, we have such a strong voice that can deliver a powerful message."

Mr Potter said he looked forward to taking on a number of key issues for people with MS and growing the number of national advocates.

"One of my first priorities will be to help recruit advocates to tell their story and to join in the national effort," Mr Potter said.

"The NDIS is well and truly here and it is a fundamental change to the disability sector in Australia. It promises so much to people across the country but it will not fix everything. We can’t lose sight of the everyday needs of people with MS and the everyday needs of people with a disability."

"I look forward to keeping these issues firmly on the radar through my work with MS Australia."