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14 April 2016

MSA's response to The Access to Medicinal Cannabis Bill

The Access to Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2015, was passed on Tuesday 12 April by the Victorian Government and means that Victoria is the first Australian state to permit medicinal marijuana.

By way of background, in December 2014 the Victorian Attorney-General, the Hon....

31 March 2016

NDIS roll out in Queensland

MS Australia welcomes the news that the Bilateral Agreement has been signed between the Australian and Queensland Governments on how the NDIS will be delivered to people with disability in Queensland.  The early launch of the NDIS in Queensland commenced on 1 January 2016 in areas of Townsville...

10 March 2016

Joint Standing Committee on NDIS heard evidence from MS in Newcastle this week

MS representative Deborah Farrell contributed to the federal parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) public hearing in Newcastle on Monday this week.

The Committee, chaired by Liberal Bruce Billson and including Labor’s Jenny Macklin and ...

9 March 2016

The NDIS headlines keep on coming but the focus must remain on a full and timely rollout

There have been a number of headlines in the media recently about the cost of the NDIS; its rollout and who’s in charge of the scheme.

MS Australia will soon be launching its Federal Election Commitments document, in the expectation that the date for the election will be announced soon. ...

9 March 2016

MSA congratulates journalist Adele Ferguson and Four Corners, The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald

MS Australia congratulates journalist Adele Ferguson and Four Corners, The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald for fighting for justice for Helen Polydoropoulos, a former customer service representative at CommInsure diagnosed with MS in 2011.

Helen Polydoropoulos was "ill-health retired"...

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...