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19 December 2016

MSA, 2016 – the year that was….

Our work in 2016 included some really important advocacy activities. 

In the lead up to the July Australian Federal election, we raised issues of ongoing concern with both major parties, plus several independents. The MSA team developed an...

Anna Epifano Warmth Wise
13 December 2016

The Creative Arts and Wellbeing

(artwork: Warmth & Wise - Anna Epifano, as part of Art with Heart: MS Art Exhibition)

The Creative Arts can have a positive and powerful effect on a person’s wellbeing including healing, pain management and state of mind. Art forms such as painting, writing, film and music...

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5 December 2016

MS Australia opposes cuts to Transport funding

MS Australia (MSA) supports People with Disability Australia and Vision Australia’s call to block a Bill that will reduce transport support for people with disability.
As outlined in the 30 November 2016 PWDA and Vision Australia media release (link below), this...
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28 November 2016

International Day of People with Disability - Saturday 3 December 2016

Saturday 3 December 2016 is International Day of People with Disability.

This is a great chance to reflect on what it means to live each day in a world with many barriers and restrictions for people with disability. Also, to look for ways to celebrate achievements and abilities.


MSA board president Ian Pennell presents the 2016 John Studdy award to Therese Burke
21 November 2016

2016 John Studdy Award winner announced

MS Australia is thrilled to announce that Therese Burke is the 2016 John Studdy Award recipient, for her many achievements and for making a tangible difference to the multiple sclerosis (MS) community.

MS Australia CEO Deidre Mackechnie said: “We’d like to thank...

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14 November 2016

Liveable Housing – an MSA focus area – part two

We recently explored the link between house design and wellbeing - how good design of space and surroundings can provide independence and make a tangible difference to how we feel.  

We referenced some exciting projects with a ‘liveable housing’ focus – new and underway - with smart,...

25 October 2016

MS Australia thanks carers – part two – some personal reflections

Last week, MS Australia marked National Carers Week (16-22 October 2016) in a news piece about the important carer role, government changes that will likely impact on carers and the importance of advocacy work in this area.

This week, we continue our focus on carers through more personal...

23 October 2016

Media Reports about Stem Cell treatments

Here is our partner, MS Research Australia's response to tonight's 60 Minutes story on stem cell treatments and MS. MS Australia remains dedicated to making available all safe and effective treatments for MS.

To read their full response, please visit MS Research Australia's...

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19 October 2016

NDIS Dispute in ACT must be resolved urgently

MS and MS Australia joins other disability representatives and advocacy organisations in calling for the Australian and ACT governments to urgently resolve any dispute that will interfere with people being able to participate in the NDIS in the ACT.

People living with multiple sclerosis...

Carers Week
18 October 2016

MS Australia Thanks Carers

National Carers Week, 16-22 October

October 16-22 is National Carers Week – a chance to thank those who care for the 23,000+ people living with MS in Australia.

A recent Deloitte report estimates annual unpaid informal care in this country at $60.3 billion hours!...

13 October 2016

Liveable Housing – an MSA focus area

Awareness is growing about the connection between house design and wellbeing.

For people living with MS this can mean special cooling or heating, better bathroom access, wider halls, doorways or parking spaces, step-free houses and so on.


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29 September 2016

Fast track approval process for new drugs

MS Australia joins with other health organisations in welcoming the recent announcement by the Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley, to fast track the approval processes for new drugs to be introduced into Australia.

Recent media reports indicate that at the moment there can be up to two...