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coat of arm
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.


fast drugs approval
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...

21 September 2016

Paralympics: A Spirit to Remember

When someone is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, it is often one of, if not the biggest challenge they will face in their life. Two Paralympians who proudly represented Australia in Rio prove that MS need not stop you from reaching future goals.

You may have read about Carol Cooke’s (...

Promising results for siponimod in treating secondary progressive MS
12 September 2016

Promising results for siponimod in treating secondary progressive MS

Some interesting news to share!
On 25 August 2016, pharmaceutical company Novartis announced that its experimental medication siponimod was able to reduce the risk of disability progression in people with secondary progressive MS (SPMS).
One stop shop
5 September 2016

One stop shops – more like a mall!

The health landscape is changing at a rapid rate.

MSA has become aware of the rise of the ‘one stop (health) shop’ – multiple online sites for health and chronic illness information.

This could be due to the many people ‘internet (net) surfing’ for health and medical information....

MS explained
29 August 2016

MS Xplained

New, FREE interactive app available now!

Ever been to the doctor and immediately forgotten what you’ve heard?

Medicine X create fun, interactive apps to explain medical information in accessible ways.

MS Australia and MS Research Australia worked closely...

Commonwealth Continuity of Support Programme
22 August 2016

Commonwealth Continuity of Support Programme

New details emerge

We’re pleased to see more CoS details emerge, as the programme is an important step toward our goal of more integration between the Aged Care and Disability Care sectors.

A new national programme, CoS will provide ongoing support for older...

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF)
15 August 2016

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF)

The $20 billion MRFF will provide funding to support health and medical research and innovation to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians.

During the recent Federal election, MSA asked for “full funding and timely roll out of the Medical Research Future Fund and assistance with...

The Aged Care/Disability Care interface
8 August 2016

The Aged Care/Disability Care interface

The Aged Care/Disability Care interface – a complex challenge and an MSA focus area.

With the 45th Parliament in place and the full rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) now in progress, MS Australia is keen to revisit our 10 Election Commitments,...

Brain Health guide for people with multiple sclerosis
1 August 2016

Brain Health Guide

MS Australia is pleased to share the recently released resource ‘Brain health: a guide for people with multiple sclerosis’: