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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,...

22 October 2015

Talking to people with MS about the NDIS

Nearly 400 people living with multiple sclerosis are recipients of an NDIS plan and have given us positive feedback in terms of the outcomes for themselves, their family and for the way they live life.

Over the last 2 years the focus of the NDIS has been very much on getting people with a...

19 October 2015

Keep those struggling at front and centre of GST debate

Discussions about the Goods and Services Tax in the media lately have in many cases failed to place the GST in the much needed, broader tax debate.  We keep being diverted about possible GST rates of 12% and 15% and indeed 20% along with a notion that increasing the GST will fix most, if not all...

19 October 2015

TV programme 60 minutes discusses stem cells

60 Minutes Australia aired a story last night on an allegedly fraudulent Doctor performing medical procedures, including ‘stem cell therapy’ overseas. He has been making money by flying people with conditions such as MS and MND overseas to undergo stem cell treatment, promising them it will slow...

15 October 2015

'Healthcare needs a shake up' a survey by the Consumers Health Forum shows

survey published today by the Consumers Health Forum of more than 1,000 respondents has highlighted the need for a review and shake-up of the way chronic conditions are treated in Australia...

15 October 2015

MS National Advocates Conference 2015

From 12-14 October, MS Australia held its annual National Advocates Conference in Canberra. A total of 11 Advocates joined forces to advance MSA’s advocacy priorities for the upcoming year while also meeting with key policy makers to profile issues currently facing more than 23,000 Australians...

7 October 2015

Mythbuster – are participants in the NDIS means tested?

In the first of our ‘mythbusters’ we address the confusion some people have expressed around whether the NDIS is ‘means tested’. It’s an important question as it could affect whether or not someone receives any support at all.

The definition of ‘means tested’ is the determination of...

7 October 2015

Medicinal marijuana to be legalised in Victoria

Locally-grown medicinal cannabis will be legalised in Victoria, under a State Government move to ease the suffering of people with serious medical conditions. Legislation will be introduced by the end of the year establishing the Office of Medicinal Cannabis, which will oversee research,...

1 October 2015

Promising results for ocrelizumab in primary progressive MS

Genentech, a biotechnology company owned by Roche Pharmaceuticals, has announced promising results from a phase III clinical trial of experimental therapy ocrelizumab in people with primary progressive MS.

In a ...

29 September 2015

NDIS rolls out in Queensland

Townsville, Charters Towers and Palm Island will be the first sites in Queensland to trial the NDIS from early 2016.

This means that about 1,600 north Queenslanders will be able to access the Scheme six months...

24 September 2015

Get yourself ready with the NDIS Checklist

It was a monumental week for people living with MS with the announcement of the full rollout of NDIS in New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria. ...