MS Nurses provide invaluable support and specialist clinical advice to people with multiple sclerosis.
They are passionate about supporting symptom management, improving quality of life, educating and empowering people with MS. They are often the main point of contact for a person with MS, coordinating services, referring someone on to a doctor, or a therapist, or other appropriate services.
Who else could be better to provide insight and understanding than an MS Nurse?
Introducing Dr Therese Burke...
Dr Therese Burke has been working as a Clinical Nurse Consultant in MS for over 15 years and as a researcher in the MS field for over 20 years, setting up and managing the clinical and research MS unit at Westmead Hospital/The University of Sydney until 2017. Therese was awarded a PhD for her study on the lived experience of Relapsing Remitting MS by the University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) in 2019, followed by post-doctoral research into the role of the MS Nurse in Australasia 2020-2021. Therese currently continues her own research as a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Nursing at UNDA, as well as managing the clinical trials platform at MS Research Australia. Therese has a passion for educating people and families living with MS, particularly at the start of the journey and has co-authored an international paper on the evolving role of the MS Nurse. Therese has been a Board member of the International Organisation of MS Nurses for many years, a Board member and President of the credentialling body for MS Nurses and a past President of MS Nurses Australasia. More recently, Therese was awarded an international “ Nightingale award” in the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife (2020) to continue research into improving the lives of people living with MS.