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What is MS?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system, interfering with nerve impulses within the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. It is characterised by sclerosis a Greek word meaning scars. These scars occur within the central nervous system and depending on where they develop, manifest into various symptoms.

MS affects over 25,600 in Australia and more than two million diagnosed worldwide. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20-40, but it can affect younger and older people too. Roughly three times as many women have MS as men.

There is currently no known cure for MS however there are a number of treatment options available to help manage symptoms and slow progression of the disease.



If you have been newly diagnosed with MS:

Read this helpful booklet Understanding MS





Listen to a podcast featuring Assoc. Prof. Todd Hardy, Australian neurologist, talking with Melanie Tait on ABC Evenings about multiple sclerosis.
(or click here to download)



Research information you can rely on

Our partners MS Research Australia




Help for you and those around you

As the national peak body for Australians living with MS, we work closely with state MS societies to help you connect with the right support and services.