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23 February 2016

Ocrelizumab designated a ‘Breakthrough Therapy’ by FDA for primary progressive MS

Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, announced in a February 16 press release that the experimental therapy...

12 January 2016

New research published on high dose Vitamin D supplements

Low levels of vitamin D in the blood are known to be associated with an increased risk of developing MS. Now, a small study by researchers at John Hopkins University in Baltimore has found that high doses of vitamin D can dampen the hyperactive immune response linked to MS.

The discovery...

17 December 2015

MSA concerned about new co-payment fees

Doctors have said this week that many Australians will face a new "co-payment by stealth" for pathology and diagnostic imaging tests because the government is cutting its health budget by more than $650 million.

Health Minister Sussan Ley has scrapped incentive payments to encourage bulk...

14 December 2015

NDIS full scheme roll out to commence in South Australia

MS Australia welcomes the much anticipated announcement of the full roll out of the NDIS in South Australia.

Between February 2016 and June 2017 the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will work with service providers to reach all eligible children in the 0-14 age group, and then...

3 December 2015

MSA marks 'International Day of People with Disability'

Today is International Day of People with Disability, a United Nations sanctioned day which aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being. The day provides an opportunity for people to raise awareness; break down...

1 December 2015

MSA supports international report on early treatment

MS Australia, along with a number of professional associations and advocacy groups, has endorsed an international report on early treatment entitled 'Brain health: time matters in multiple sclerosis'. It was written by a global...

26 November 2015

MSA Advocate is interviewed on Channel Ten News

Half of our adult population is living with a chronic illness, with many people experiencing discrimination and ignorance, especially those with invisible symptoms. MSA Advocate Astrid Edwards was interviewed on Channel Ten News...

19 November 2015

National Health and Medical Research Council announces funding for MS Research

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recently announced the successful Australian research projects and fellowships awarded funding for 2016.

A total of six new MS research projects were announced in this year’s funding round, bringing over $3.2 million of funding for...

18 November 2015

Young People in Nursing Homes

Young people affected by MS in, or at risk of placement in residential aged care, should be supported to live in the community in their own homes with the care and supports they require.

In particular, young people with MS need an integrated housing and support model that...

17 November 2015

Melbourne woman raises awareness of the invisible symptoms of MS

Melbourne woman Justine Van Den Borne has been hugely successful in raising awareness of MS and its invisible symptoms in the Australian media during the past week. Following an incident whereby a stranger posted a note on her car -  parked in a disabled bay - asking if she ‘forgot her...

4 November 2015

Adelaide researchers identify key protein driving immune response in MS

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have identified a key protein on the surface of cells that controls the immune attack in MS. The research focuses on the movement of immune cells into the brain and spinal cord in MS, the vital first stage before immune cells attack myelin. Until now,...