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3 September 2015

New look website and blogs!

We’ve spent some time stripping down the content of our website to make it more user friendly and we’re pleased to launch two new blogs on the NDIS and Federal Election 2016.

Are you new to the world of NDIS? Perhaps you know what it is but are still unclear about how it could help you?...

1 September 2015

September announcement regarding full scheme rollout

As we mentioned in our introduction, we’re keeping our eyes and ears peeled for news as to how the NDIS pilot schemes are going.  We were therefore pleased to read the latest quarterly report which included the following positive news:

  • Nearly 20,000 people are now in the Scheme at...
31 August 2015

Low vitamin-D genes linked to MS

We don't yet know what causes MS, but it's likely to be a complex link between genetic and environmental factors. So far, research has flagged up viruses, smoking and vitamin D as triggers that could affect your risk.
However recent research published in the journal ...

14 August 2015

MS Research Australia awarded Charity of the Year

MS Research Australia has today been recognised as Charity of the Year in The Australian Charity Awards 2015.

Over the past 10 years MS Research Australia has greatly increased the level of funding for MS research; this has resulted in more research programs being carried out in the...

3 August 2015

Double strength Copaxone available on the PBS

In March this year the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC), recommended a modified version of glatiramer acetate (Copaxone) for reimbursement on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. This medication for relapsing remitting MS became available on the PBS as of 1 August, 2015.


28 July 2015

Decision to reduce NDIS prices for group support overturned

MS Australia welcomes the announcement from the National Disability Services (NDS) today on the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) reversing its decision to reduce National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) prices for group-based community, social and recreational activities.


2 June 2015

Medikidz: Australian-first MS comic book for children launches

Global children’s healthcare education brand Medikidz - in collaboration with MS Australia and the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists (ANZAN) – has launched an Australian-first educational comic designed to explain complex medical information about MS in a format that...

27 May 2015

World MS Day: A thousand ways to raise hope for MS

Boats, bikes, mountains, weights and tutus — say what?

Can you guess what connects these disparate events and splendid people?

At this very moment Andrew Potter is aboard the Oceans of Hope, a 67 foot sailing boat circumnavigating the globe.

Last weekend Justine Martin from...

21 May 2015

Catherine King welcomes Oceans of Hope

Over 23,000 people live with MS in Australia and more than two million worldwide.

Every year another 1,000 Australians are diagnosed with this cruel disease, most of them aged between 20 and 40, and despite great advances in treatment and care, it remains a disease without a cure.


20 May 2015

Bill Shorten welcomes Oceans of Hope to Sydney

On behalf of Federal Labor, please accept my congratulations and best wishes for World MS Day 2015. The arrival of Oceans of Hope is a wonderful way to commemorate and celebrate this important day.

A global circumnavigation by a crew that includes people living with multiple sclerosis is...

13 May 2015

Budget a mixed bag for people with MS

Last night’s Budget handed down by Treasurer Joe Hockey is a real mixed bag for people with Multiple Sclerosis, Acting CEO of MS Australia Deidre Mackechnie said today.

There are 23,000 people living with MS in Australia. There is currently no known cure for MS and living with the disease...

11 May 2015

Opinion piece: People with MS need a fair Budget

Here is an opinion piece that was issued by MS Australia ahead of this year’s Federal Budget announcements, setting out what people with MS need from a Federal Budget.

People with MS need a Fair Budget

There are 23,000 people living with MS in...