MS Australia is the national peak body for people affected by MS and is dedicated to advocacy, communications, education, and funding and coordinating multiple sclerosis (MS) research as part of the worldwide effort to solve MS.
The state and territory based MS organisations provide care and support services to people living with MS and other neurological and immunological conditions, including referral advice and information, individual assessments and support, employment support, living arrangements, connection with others and much more.
Get in touch with your relevant state and territory MS member organisation via the links below:
There are also many organisations globally that provide information and resources for people living with MS.
The Australian Government provides some supports to help Australians fund their health, disability and aged care needs and make them more affordable. By finding the supports that best suit your needs, it could help you to reduce the costs of living with MS, and make your day-to-day life easier.
There are many websites, departments and systems that Australians have to use to access government funded supports and benefits and sometimes navigating these systems can be confusing.
Below you will find a brief overview and links to the most relevant Australian Government web-sites.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides funds to support people with a permanent disability who are under 65 years old, including people living with MS.
The Disability Gateway is designed to assist all people with disability, their families and carers to navigate, locate and access services across Australia.
The Disability Support Pension (DSP) provides financial help if you have a permanent physical, intellectual or psychiatric condition that stops you from working.
Living in the community:
There are two main types of government support available for eligible people who are aged 65 years or older and living with MS in the community:
Residential aged care:
Not everyone living with MS is able to stay at home. My Aged Care is also the access point to residential aged care and assessment.
MS Clinics exist across Australia to provide expertise in the diagnosis and management of multiple sclerosis and many have a range of neurological services available. Find out more here.
Medicare Safety Nets can help to lower your out of pocket medical costs for out of hospital services. Find out more here.