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federal election 2016

The Aged care/NDIS interface

How do people with MS over the age of 65 have their disability needs met?

People with MS with a disability aged under 65 right across Australia will be able to apply for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) package, once the NDIS is fully rolled out by 2019.  There are already people with MS receiving packages in the NDIS launch sites, and the vast majority are very happy with the services and support they are receiving.

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MS Australia Launches Election Submission

On May 5 the Commonwealth Parliamentary Friends of MS will host the launch of the Election Submission from MS Australia (MSA) at Parliament House Canberra.

We will be unveiling the ten election commitments we are seeking from all sides of politics on behalf of Australians affected by MS.

The submission highlights:

  • Just how close MS researchers are to finding a cure for MS and the importance of the continued...

Young People in Nursing Homes

Young people affected by MS in, or at risk of placement in residential aged care, should be supported to live in the community in their own homes with the care and supports they require.

In particular, young people with MS need an integrated housing and support model that is tailored to their needs and offers access to support and health services while keeping them connected to and within the community. Residential...

Keep those struggling at front and centre of GST debate

Discussions about the Goods and Services Tax in the media lately have in many cases failed to place the GST in the much needed, broader tax debate.  We keep being diverted about possible GST rates of 12% and 15% and indeed 20% along with a notion that increasing the GST will fix most, if not all, of our budget woes. It won’t. It certainly won’t deliver the “lower, simpler, fairer tax system” that the Treasurer keeps on about, and it won’t...

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 substance.

For example, we are keen to see a renewed commitment by the Government to rolling out the NDIS in full and on time.  This would quash...

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