MS is a disease that commonly strikes at the prime of people’s lives when most of us expect to be able to immerse ourselves in careers, start or add to a family, or simply living life to the fullest. MS is the most commonly acquired neurological condition affecting young Australians, and it is also three times more common in women than in men.
The reason for this is an enduring mystery of MS research. Dr. Julia Morahan, MS Australia’s Head of Research, details here the clues we have, to solve the puzzle of why three out of four people who develop MS are women.
Early diagnosis of MS can make a huge difference in terms of treatment and management. We know that time matters in MS and early diagnosis maximises brain health.
This year is the 30th anniversary of Jean Hailes and the 10th Women’s Health Week campaign.
Women’s Health Week (5 – 11 September 2022) is a reminder to set aside time for your health and wellbeing and for everyone to make their health a priority.
The theme for this year’s Women’s Health Week is It’s all about you with the following key messages:
For the week, we are providing resources and information to highlight the importance of looking after your health and help you understand more about MS.
We also want to help women with MS understand that good health management will help to prevent other conditions in addition to their MS and that this may in turn minimise the impact of their MS.
Below you will find links to useful resources which complement this year’s Women’s Health Week daily themes:
In addition, we have included social media tiles below which you can download and share, to highlight and celebrate health and wellbeing throughout the week.
If you’re interested in attending a Women’s Health Week event (including those presented by our Member Organisations MS Plus and MS Queensland, as part of the MS Australia Community Program), visit the Jean Hailes events page here.
For more information and health resources on the Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week daily topics visit https://www.womenshealthweek.com.au/get-involved/health-resources/
MS Australia and our four state and territory MS Organisations are here for you.