World MS Day 2022

World MS Day 2023

World MS Day brings the global MS community together on 30 May to share stories, raise awareness and campaign with everyone affected by multiple sclerosis (MS).

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First initiated by the MS International Federation (MSIF) and its members in 2009, World MS Day is a day to celebrate global solidarity and hope for the future. 

The four-year (2020 – 2023) global World MS Day ‘Connections’ theme aims to build community connection, self-connection and connections to quality care. 

MS Australia is contributing to this significant international exploration of relationships, connections and the impacts of social isolation for people living with MS. 

In Australia, our World MS Day 2023 focus is on MS Nurses including their vital link to community connection. MS Nurses support people living with MS from the time of diagnosis and help to connect them to expert care, education, and support. MS Nurses empower people living with MS, through informed and shared decision-making about treatment, lifestyle, and research choices.  

You can read more about MS Nurses: Care and Connections here.

On May 30, MS Australia will launch a national communications and advocacy campaign to raise awareness of MS Nurses; their importance to MS care and demonstrate the need to bring greater attention to the MS Nurse crisis in Australia 

The campaign, MS Nurses – Life-Changing Care, will focus on the critical role MS Nurses play in improving the lives of many people living with and affected by MS. This builds on last year’s launch of our MS Nurse Care in Australia Report which revealed that one-third of Australians living with MS do not have access to MS nurse care. In partnership with MS Nurses Australasia, MS Australia’s State & Territory Member Organisations and the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, MS Australia is working to advance The Report’s four key recommendations. 

To launch this important campaign and to mark World MS Day, MS Australia is holding our Parliamentary Friends of MS event at the Parliament House of Australia. These forums allow connection and interaction with engaged politicians and key decision-makers to raise awareness of the needs of people living with MS.  

We’ll also join with our state and territory Member Organisations, to amplify efforts to raise awareness of MS Nurses nationwide through events and across our communication channels.   

And, of course, MS Australia will connect with our many friends in the MS global community to celebrate MS Nurses worldwide.   

Our state and territory MS Member Organisations provide free frontline support and advice to people with MS, their friends, family and carersand some have MS Nurses on staff to answer questions. To find the service nearest you, please click here. 

The MS Connections campaign tagline is ‘I Connect, We Connect’ and the campaign hashtag is #MSConnections. 

World MS Day is an opportunity to advocate for better services, celebrate support networks and champion self-care. 

2022 Global Campaign Video

The 2022 campaign video ‘Connect with World MS Day’ shows the power of the global MS community in action, taking inspiration from real World MS Day events. Share it with your network today.

 

World MS Day Art Competition

The World MS Day Art Competition is open to all people with and affected by MS across the world. Entry is free and all art mediums welcome. This is a fantastic way to get creative, express experiences of MS and try something different. Participants have the chance to feature in the virtual gallery and win competition prizes. 

Entries close 15 May 2023.

MS Connections – How YOU can celebrate World MS Day

MS Connections is a flexible, wide-ranging theme. Whether you’re an individual or an organisation, you can choose to focus on a variety of angles when celebrating World MS Day, including:

Poster maker

Create your own personalised poster and shine a spotlight on MS! The #WorldMSDay poster maker tool allows you to create your own campaign artwork. It’s a great way to spread the word about #MSConnectionsgive it a go!

 

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Share hearts for MS

Inspired by a sign language symbol for the word ‘together’, the MS Heart is a symbol of solidarity with everyone affected by MS. We are collecting MS Heart photos from across the globe. Take a picture of your MS Heart to show your support for the global MS community!

Add to the map

World MS Day is a time for community. It’s a chance to advocate together, share stories, do something fun, or all of the above. 

The World MS Day map is a global hub for all the action.

Take Action

Wondering how you can get involved in the MS Connections Campaign?

There are many ways to celebrate World MS Day and come together to form MS Connections.

World MS Day Dinner at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Saturday, 27 May at 6pm, Adelaide Convention Centre

We are pleased to host the 2023 World MS Day Dinner this May

Following this year’s World MS Day theme, ‘Connections’, the MS Society SA & NT’s World MS Day Dinner will build community connection, celebrate self-connection, and encourage connection to quality care.

Guests will be treated to a delightful night of entertainment and enjoy a three-course dinner and drinks package.

Our special guest on the night is iconic Australian comedian, screenwriter, director and disability advocate, Tim Ferguson, who will ‘get real’ about what life is like living with MS.

Music for the evening is by the Billy Joel Tribute Band. Lead singer, Anthony Mara, who lives with MS, and his band deliver an explosive concert celebration that shares the journey of a remarkable career. The full live band consists of the finest musicians that will mesmerise audiences.

Details: Tickets – https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/world-ms-day-dinner-tickets-590695424917

World MS Day Sunset Dinner, 28 May at 6pm, The Foreshore Café, Nightcliff

The Darwin MS Peer Support Group is also having a sunset dinner at the Foreshore Café in Nightcliff, on 28 May.

Hosted by the Darwin MS Peer Support Group

Details: Sarah 0439 885 604

I Connect, We Connect

For an insight into MS Connections stories from across the world, this animation provides a snapshot into the lived experiences of MS, loneliness and connections.

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