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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. ...

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...