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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...

The Australian Greens Party
6 May 2015

MS Australia welcomes new Greens Leader

MS Australia welcomes the elevation of Richard Di Natale to the position of Leader of the Greens in the Commonwealth Parliament.

MS Australia CEO Debra Cerasa said "MS Australia has always enjoyed a progressive and productive relationship with the Australian Greens. We are especially...

30 March 2015

Lemtrada available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

The Australian government has announced that new MS medication Lemtrada® (alemtuzumab) will be available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from 1st April 2015.

Lemtrada (alemtuzumab) was previously approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in December 2013 for use...

9 March 2015

Dance For Health

A new health and fitness opportunity for those with multiple sclerosis is about to hit Sydney.

Dance For Health is inviting people with multiple sclerosis to join a complementary open movement class. It will be held on Friday 10 April at Sydney Dance Company.

Dance For Health...

25 February 2015

Injectable MS medication Plegridy to be listed on the PBS

Biogen Idec has announced that their new injectable medication PLEGRIDY  (peginterferon beta-1a) will be listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for treatment of patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis from March 1.

Plegridy is a sub-cutaneous injection treatment...

2 February 2015

Oceans of Hope to visit Australia

MS Australia is delighted to announce that the hugely popular Sailing Sclerosis ‘Oceans of Hope vessel and team will be heading to Australia this May.
 
Oceans of Hope is a 67ft ocean yacht currently completing an...

Genetic DNA
22 January 2015

New biomarkers to predict progression in MS

While the primary and secondary progressive forms of multiple sclerosis (PPMS and SPMS) have different pathological characteristics, scientists do not know if they share common neurodegenerative mechanisms.

The authors of a recent paper in the Journal of Neurology measured cerebrospinal...

doctor talking to patient
1 January 2015

MS Australia welcomes Minister Ley's common sense decision

MS Australia, the national peak body advocating on behalf of people affected by multiple sclerosis, today commended Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley for scrapping planned reductions to the Medicare rebate.

MS Australia Chief Executive Debra Cerasa said Minister Ley has clearly signalled...

doctor talking to patient
1 January 2015

MS Australia welcomes Minister Ley's common sense decision

MS Australia, the national peak body advocating on behalf of people affected by multiple sclerosis, today commended Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley for scrapping planned reductions to the Medicare rebate.

MS Australia Chief Executive Debra Cerasa said Minister Ley has clearly signalled...

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10 December 2014

Federal Government must protect people living with MS

MS Australia has called on the Federal Government to protect people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) and other lifelong conditions as part of new regulations being drafted to incorporate changes to the co-payment proposal.

MS Australia Chief Executive Officer Debra Cerasa said there is...

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