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Older persons
28 September 2017

International Day of Older Persons

Sunday 1 October 2017 is International Day of Older Persons.

This is a great chance to think about and celebrate older people. In addition, reflect on what it’s like to live in a world with many barriers for older people, including those living with MS.

International Day of Older...

r u ok day
14 September 2017

R U OK? Day: Our friendly reminder to be friendly

As you may know, today is R U OK? Day, whose mission is to “inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.”

Mental health issues including depression are common for people...

Betty Cuthbert
7 August 2017

Vale Betty Cuthbert - A tribute to a great Australian who lived with MS

MS Australia mourns the passing of legendary Australian athlete, Elizabeth “Betty” Cuthbert AM, MBE, who has died after a long battle with MS aged 79.

Betty was dubbed the ‘Golden Girl’, when, at just 18, she completed in the (1956) Melbourne Olympics...

national pain week
26 July 2017

National Pain Week, 24-30 July 2017

This year’s National Pain Week theme is “Let’s manage pain together”.

The 2017 theme is likely to resonate with many people living with MS who experience various types and levels of pain, and are trying to manage it effectively.  Whilst there’s no “one size fits all” solution to...

Tax time
29 June 2017

Tax Time

Tax time? What! Already!

Are you prepared?  Need some help to get started?  In this short article, I want to help you overcome some fears and possibly encourage you to take back control by addressing some common scenarios for people affected by MS and in relation to...

27 June 2017

Model of neurological care in North and North West Tasmania needs to be addressed

MS Australia is disappointed to read in recent media reports that there have been problems with providing a neurological service in North and North West Tasmania (N&NWT).


elephant in the room
19 June 2017

World Continence Week (19-25 June 2017)

For many people living with MS, losing control of bodily functions is a day-to-day concern. 

This week’s ‘elephant in the room’ is Incontinence – not a popular topic, but one we should discuss!

Continence refers to our ability to hold it all in. It...

World MS Day 2017
31 May 2017

World MS Day today!


MS Australia and the international MS community today recognise World MS Day.

MS Australia CEO Deidre Mackechnie says the 2017 World MS Day theme Life with MS is a great opportunity to focus on...

budget 2017
12 May 2017

MS Australia Responds to ‘Sliding Doors’ Budget

MS Australia welcomes some good choices from the Government leading to positive outcomes for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) in the 2017/18 Australian Budget.

We express relief that punitive policies adopted in previous budgets have been rejected.

And we continue...

share tips for life with MS
10 May 2017

Videos show life with MS

The international MS community recognises World MS Day 2017 on 31 May.  In the lead up to this significant day, MS Australia (MSA) is launching a video series about the experience of living with MS.

The theme for World MS Day 2017 is Life with MS. This is a great opportunity to...

Australian parliament
9 May 2017

MS Australia Encouraged by Budget Leak on the NDIS

Hours before Treasurer Scott Morrison hands down the 2017 Budget, MS Australia is reading news reports that the government will tonight announce full funding of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) beyond 2019, and that this is ‘forcing’ them to find an extra $6 billion in annual...

volunteers with Deb O'Neill
8 May 2017

MS Australia celebrates National Volunteer Week

(pictured: Volunteer National Advocates Erin Brady (left) and Lynne Smith (right) with NSW Senator Deb O’Neill (centre) at Parliament House, Canberra in March 2017.)

The annual National Volunteer Week celebrates the generous contribution of volunteers.

MS Australia...