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31 March 2020

Report on Senate inquiry into barriers to access to medicinal cannabis in Australia tabled in Senate

The Senate’s Standing Committee on Community Affairs tabled its Report on an “Inquiry into the current barriers to patient access to medicinal cannabis in Australia” in the Senate on 25 March 2020.

With the help of the MS community, MS Australia and research partner organisation MS...

27 March 2020

Updated advice for persons with multiple sclerosis and related disorders regarding COVID-19 outbreak



Since December 2019 following cases emerging in and around Wuhan, China most regions of the world have now experienced cases of a novel respiratory illness (COVID-19) caused by a new coronavirus which has been identified as SARS-CoV-2. The mortality of this...

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19 March 2020

An update from Paralympian cyclist Emily Petricola

On 13 January this year we introduced you to MS Australia Champion and paralympian cyclist Emily Petricola who talked to us about life with MS and training...

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12 March 2020

Advice for patients with multiple sclerosis and related disorders regarding COVID-19 outbreak

(Superseded by 27 March 2020 news item)


Since December 2019 following cases...

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4 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and MS

We know many people living with MS in Australia (and worldwide) are anxious about coronavirus – a new respiratory illness – and what it means for them.

Deidre Mackechnie, CEO, MS Australia says,

“we are aware of the concerns of the MS community in Australia. MS...

13 February 2020

Parliamentary Friends of Multiple Sclerosis - Briefing on the latest MS research developments

On Wednesday 12 February, MS Australia was delighted to host a Parliamentary Friends of MS event in Parliament House, Canberra.  The event was arranged in response to a request from...
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7 February 2020

MS Australia welcomes Adam Bandt as the new Greens Leader

MS Australia welcomes the election of Adam Bandt as the new Leader of the Australian Greens in the Australian Parliament.

MS Australia has always enjoyed a progressive and productive relationship with the Australian Greens, including representation on our...

6 February 2020

MS treatments on PBAC’s March 2020 agenda

It’s unusual to have three medications for treating MS before a meeting of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC), for consideration for listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits...

21 January 2020

NDIS Tune Review sets the scene for (long overdue) change

MS Australia joins other disability peak organisations in welcoming the Tune Review...

13 January 2020

Paralympian cyclist Emily Petricola talks to MS Australia about life with MS and training for Tokyo 2020.

Smart, funny and incredibly fit, Emily Petricola calls herself the “Queen of Denial”. “I prefer not to think about the things that are affecting my body”, says Emily.

Nevertheless, she is keen to work with MS Australia to broaden awareness of MS around the nation.  Emily feels...

8 January 2020

Are you in a current bushfire area?

If you are experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing you should call triple zero (000) or TTY Emergency Service: Dial 106.

Please ensure you stay informed: 

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20 December 2019

PBS listing for Siponimod (brand name Mayzent®) for SPMS not recommended by PBAC

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) announced today (20/12/19), that they have not recommended the listing of siponimod (Mayzent®) for secondary progressive MS (SPMS) on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), stating as follows:

“The PBAC did not recommend the listing...