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10 May 2016

MSA welcomes new Commissioners

We congratulate the Attorney General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC for the appointment of three new Commissioners to the Australian Human Rights Commission, and particularly welcome the reinstatement of a dedicated Disability Discrimination Commissioner.

MSA looks forward to...

4 May 2016

MS Australia responds to 2016 Budget

Last night’s Budget presented us with some matters of concern for people living with MS in Australia. In addition to this there were a number of measures which will require further analysis and explanation before we are able to fully understand the impact they will have.

More than 23,000...

3 May 2016

MS Australia Launches Election Submission

On May 5 the Commonwealth Parliamentary Friends of MS will host the launch of the Election Submission from MS Australia (MSA) at Parliament House Canberra.

We will be unveiling the ten election commitments we are seeking from all sides of politics on behalf of Australians affected by MS...

2 May 2016

NDIS trials in WA expanded

It has been announced that the rollout of the NDIS in Western Australia has been pushed back to mid-next year but that the trials will be expanded.

More people in Western Australia will gain access to the NDIS over the next year with both the Commonwealth and the Western Australian...

2 May 2016

New research sheds light on the role Vitamin D plays in MS

There was a buzz in the media over the weekend following new research published in the Journal of Genes & Immunity which has identified the genetic switch which shows how immune cells are controlled by vitamin D, shedding light on how it may be used as a therapy for MS. 


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...