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24 September 2015

Melatonin levels may explain seasonal variation in MS relapses

There has been a significant amount of research into the role that seasonal variations in the levels of vitamin D may play in risk of MS and seasonal variation in relapses, but researchers have also been investigating whether the seasonal variation in melatonin could play a part in this.


22 September 2015

MSA Welcomes New Minister for Social Services

It has been announced that West Australian Christian Porter is to be the new Federal Social Services Minister in charge of delivering the $22 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme. 

Deidre Mackechnie, Acting CEO of MSA, said: “We congratulate Minister Porter on his...

16 September 2015

NDIS today announces full rollout in NSW and Victoria

Bilateral agreements signed today between Prime Minister Turnbull and Premiers Baird and Andrews specify how and when the $22 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be rolled out in NSW and Victoria.

It’s being introduced in stages; the first stage of the NDIS commenced...

15 September 2015

MS Australia cautiously optimistic about new PM

The MS community is watching the change in Australian Government leadership with great interest and cautious optimism.  We are optimistic about the fresh approach that any change in leadership can bring about, and our caution is that we are hoping for not just a change in style but a change in...

14 September 2015

John Studdy 2015 Award winner announced

Lina Marrocco has been recognised with the 2015 John Studdy Award for her tireless work as Chair of Charityworks for MS.

The most prestigious Award of Multiple Sclerosis Australia...

10 September 2015

Quitting smoking can delay MS progression

Smoking is a well-established risk factor for the development of MS, but the effects it has on disease progression after diagnosis have been less clear.

However a new study from researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, is the first to provide strong evidence that...

8 September 2015

Tasmanian neurosceintist recognised for work in MS research

Dr Kaylene Young, a Tasmanian neuroscientist has this week been recognised for her work on brain stem cells. She said she was optimistic her research would one day offer hope for the treatment of both MS and Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr Young said common to both MS and Alzheimer’s was the loss...

3 September 2015

The Aged care/NDIS interface

How do people with MS over the age of 65 have their disability needs met?

People with MS with a disability aged under 65 right across Australia will be able to apply for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) package, once the NDIS is fully rolled out by 2019.  There are already...

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...