Proposed merger for MS and MS Tasmania
We are working with MS Tasmania (MSTAS) to investigate a potential merger of our two organisations.
It’s an exciting development for consolidating our support for people affected by multiple sclerosis in the eastern states of Australia.
The proposal followed rigorous assessment by both the MS Tasmania Board and independent advisers, which concluded that in light of the changing funding path, MS Tasmania would not be a sustainable or viable organisation if they continued with their current business model.
MS Tasmania has a proud 56-year history as an iconic organisation servicing the needs of people affected by multiple sclerosis throughout Tasmania. Both organisation’s missions and organisational values are strongly aligned.
However, like all organisations operating within the disability sector, recent significant changes in the operating environment (namely the introduction of the NDIS) have meant that the organisation must change and adapt if it is to survive.
With the wellbeing of people affected by multiple sclerosis at the forefront, the two organisations have been through an exhaustive due diligence process to confirm that the merger is in the interests of both organisations. That process concluded with both Boards voting unanimously in favour of the merger.
The merger will strengthen our brand and position in the eastern states of Australia providing benefits across advocacy, service system efficiency and research. It is a core principle of the merger that both the organisation and the MS community as a whole will only benefit and not be in any way disadvantaged by the merger.
For MS Tasmania the merger will provide the certainty of ongoing services to support people affected by multiple sclerosis living in Tasmania, their families and carers and provide them with the best long-term options and quality of life outcomes.
To learn more, read our Merger at a glance information sheet
or our Merger newsletter.