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Creative ways of using the NDIS

Monday 9 December 2019

From cave drawings made with dirt and water dating back millennia to the frescoed cathedrals of the Renaissance, it’s clear that creativity has always been an intrinsic part of what it means to be human. Hence, it’s not surprising to learn that making art can help people find relief from feelings of depression, anxiety and isolation, as studies have shown time and time again. Read more.

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Canberra Region Newsletter - December 2019

Friday 29 November 2019

MS Nurse Advisor Visit - 26-28 February 2020. Jane will be in Canberra on 26-28 February 2020 for the MS Nurse Advisor @ Deakin face to face clinic. If you would like to book an appointment to see Jane on one of these days, please call MS Connect on 1800 042 138. Read more.

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Tasmania Region Newsletter - December 2019

Friday 29 November 2019

Have you signed up for the Devonport Dash yet? MSL is proud to be the official charity partner of the Devonport Dash in association with the Spirit of Tasmania Tour of Tasmania Elite Cycling Event, taking place on Saturday 7 December 2019. Read more.

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Employment Support Services are here to help

Monday 18 November 2019

Whether it’s simply a means to a financial end or reflective of a deep desire to do something meaningful, there’s no denying that being able to work is important to most of us. When people are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, they are usually in early adulthood and at the beginning of their working lives or right in the middle. Read more.

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MS Go for Gold Scholarships: Class of 2019

Monday 18 November 2019

Here at MS we believe that concentrating on fulfilling a dream is a fantastic way to build a stronger sense of wellness because when we set goals that are deeply meaningful to us, we give ourselves something positive to focus on. Read more.

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Research reveals electrical stimulation cycling could help with MS symptoms

Monday 18 November 2019

In addition to being good for overall health, exercise training has been shown to have added benefits for people living with multiple sclerosis. These studies have reported improvements in issues such as balance, fatigue, mobility, psychological symptoms and fitness. Read more.

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Let’s hear it for our volunteers!

Monday 18 November 2019

Did you know that volunteering is good for your health? An article by the University of Sydney says that “helping others is related to improved physical health, including weight control, lower blood pressure and relief from depression and chronic pain.” In addition, volunteering gives people a ‘helpers high’ which “triggers the reward pathway in the brain known as the mesolimbic system. Read more.

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Canberra Region Newsletter - November 2019

Wednesday 30 October 2019

Brain health is something we all should take seriously. For someone diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, brain health is even more important. We invite you to attend our dinner with MS Education and Wellbeing Coordinator, Andrea Salmon who will help you explore the international recommendations of ways to live a brain healthy lifestyle and she’ll also challenge you to make positive lifestyle choices to maximise brain health. Read more.

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Tasmania Region Newsletter - November 2019

Tuesday 29 October 2019

On Friday 11 October we held the MS Go for Gold Luncheon in Hobart. We were thrilled to award 9 scholarships this year to people living with MS in the categories of Travel, Lifestyle & Wellbeing, Education, Employment and Sport. Six of the nine recipients enjoyed lunch with friends and family at the Old Woolstore to celebrate. Read more.

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Taking care of our carers

Friday 11 October 2019

Its National Carers Week this week, which gives us a great opportunity to recognise how valued carers are in the MS community. Each year carers all over Australia save the Government a huge $60.3 billion through their caring role, so to say that they are important to us would be an understatement! Read more.

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Are you getting tired of your fatigue?

Friday 11 October 2019

Many people who live with multiple sclerosis will experience some degree of fatigue, and it’s unsurprisingly something that tends to interfere with day to day activities including work and other commitments. So, learning effective ways to manage fatigue can be really helpful if you’re finding that usual tasks are becoming more taxing than they used to be. Read more.

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Minding your mind

Thursday 10 October 2019

Last week we marked World Mental Health Day, an important day which encourages global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. The day is an initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health to raise public awareness of mental health issues worldwide and happens every year. Read more.

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What were they talking about at ECTRIMS?

Thursday 10 October 2019

Recently, around 9000 neurologists and medical researchers converged on Stockholm, Sweden for the 2019 ECTRIMS conference. ECTRIMS (European Committee for Treatment and Research In Multiple Sclerosis) is the largest multiple sclerosis conference in the world and it provides a fantastic opportunity for the clinical and research communities to share updates on their latest findings, discuss potential collaborations and generate new ideas for projects that may help solve more of the multiple sclerosis puzzle. Read more.

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MS & the Royal Commission

Wednesday 9 October 2019

Royal commissions are the highest form of inquiry on matters of public importance and MS welcomes and fully supports the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (the Royal Commission). Read more.

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Canberra Region Newsletter - October 2019

Wednesday 25 September 2019

ACT Multiple Sclerosis Symposium. Tuesday 29 October 2019 - Registration is now open! Hear from leaders in the field as they discuss personalised and integrated management of multiple sclerosis. Read more.

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MSL / MS TAS Integration Project Newsletter

Monday 23 September 2019

For the first time we are bringing the 2019 MS Walk + Fun Run to Launceston on 22 September 2019. This is an all-inclusive community fundraising event helping to make a real difference to people living with multiple sclerosis. Read more.

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Have your say and make a difference

Monday 16 September 2019

MS is currently working alongside Monash University so that we can help to improve employment support services available for people living with multiple sclerosis. We know that maintaining employment is really important for people in the MS community, so this research is something that can help us to improve our services – and we need your help! Read more.

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Are videos the best way to communicate research?

Saturday 14 September 2019

We live in an age where there is more and more information available about multiple sclerosis than ever before. Whilst this is fantastic, unless it is delivered clearly and accurately, it can actually increase the confusion and uncertainty experienced by many people living with multiple sclerosis. Read more.

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MS MOOC: Second wave starts tomorrow

Friday 13 September 2019

Understanding multiple sclerosis (MS) Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is opening its second course for 2019 this month. Read more.

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Let's get legal

Thursday 12 September 2019

Understanding complex legal ideas, your rights and how to advocate for yourself can be difficult, especially when it comes to things like your job. So, when Maurice Blackburn Lawyers very kindly donated their time to us to create some explanatory videos about common legal topics, we knew it was a great opportunity to take up. Read more.

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Hey Siri...!

Wednesday 11 September 2019

Last month we wrote about some different ways to access technology if things like dexterity and numbness are affecting your hands, so we thought it would make sense to explore some of the most common tools that you can use totally hands free. Read more.

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Living well with MS in 2019

Tuesday 10 September 2019

Many readers will remember that earlier this year, MS Australia and its member organisations (including us  here at MS) asked people living with multiple sclerosis and carers across Australia to take part in a national survey so that we could better understand the unmet demands and emerging needs of the MS community. Read more.

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Canberra Region Newsletter - September 2019

Wednesday 28 August 2019

Free online course - Understanding MS. REMINDER! The second iteration of the hugely successful Understanding MS online course is open for enrolments at ms.msmooc.utas.edu.au. The course commences on 16 September. Read more.

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MSL / MS TAS Integration Project Newsletter

Tuesday 27 August 2019

The MS 24 Hour Mega Swim is coming back to Hobart this October! On 12–13 October, Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre will host the 2019 Hobart MS 24 Hour Mega Swim. So, get a team together, challenge yourself, and swim your heart out in support of people living with multiple sclerosis. The MS 24 Hour Mega Swim is a fun team relay event, suitable for any level of swimmer. Read more.

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New research shows more Australians having their careers cut short by MS 

Monday, 19 August 2019

A new report shows that keeping your job when you have multiple sclerosis is difficult, with almost two thirds of people (64%) reporting a loss of full-time employment and income. The findings of the Living with MS in 2019 – Customer Insights Report (with over 2,000 respondents) suggest that work capacity is significantly affected by the disease’s invisible symptoms before any physical disabilities set in. Read more.

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Bright idea of the month: Make breakfast great again

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

We know that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, especially during this busy part of the year. But as the mornings grow colder, and the temptation to stay in bed for as long as possible grows stronger - the humble brekky is often overlooked. Read more.

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Strategic Plan Development Update

Monday, 12 August 2019

Readers of Intouch eNewsletter will be aware of the Board’s work in the development of Multiple Sclerosis Limited's Strategic Refresh which will provide the basis for our new Operating Model for the delivery of services to people living with MS. Read more.

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Canberra Region Newsletter - August 2019

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Last month we advised you that we have extended our MS Connect hours to make it more convenient for you to contact us. We are really excited to be able to offer you this service as we continue to look for ways to support you. Read more.

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MSL / MS TAS Integration Project Newsletter

Thursday 29 July 2019

Jen Lowe, presented at the Tasmanian Council of Social Service (TasCOSS) two-day conference in June on the Peer Support program. The theme of the Conference was ‘Challenging Ourselves, Changing Tasmania’; which focused on the need for us to consistently work to challenge ourselves and others to improve opportunities for people living on low incomes in our communities. Read more.

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Canberra Region Newsletter - July 2019

Friday, 28 June 2019

Following feedback from the MS Community we are extending the hours of MS Connect as a 6 month trial. One of our team members will now be available from 8am until 6pm, Monday to Friday to respond to your phone calls, emails, live chats. Read more.

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MSL / MS TAS Integration Project Newsletter

Thursday 20 June 2019

Following feedback from the MS Community we are extending the hours of MS Connect as a 6 month trial and one of our team members will be available from 8am until 6pm, Monday to Friday to respond to your phone calls, emails, live chats. Read more.

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Canberra Region Newsletter - June 2019

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Maintaining health and wellness is vital for people living with chronic health conditions. MS endorses a holistic approach to living a healthy lifestyle that includes a focus on exercise, fatigue and stress management and nutrition. We have invited nutritionist Ms Nicola Graham, to present the latest nutritional research in a fun, easy to follow and direct manner, busting myths and providing clear information. Read more.

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MSL / MS TAS Integration Project Newsletter

Friday 17 May 2019

Our CEO John Blewonski officially launched the Understanding MS Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Hobart at the beginning of May. MOOC is an innovative way to help anybody with an interest in MS understand the disease. Read more.

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MSL / MS TAS Integration Project Newsletter

Tuesday 7 May 2019

To celebrate World MS Day on 30 May we have plenty in store to support the global campaign which this year is focused on raising awareness of the invisible symptoms of multiple sclerosis. The hashtag #MyInvisibleMS is your ticket to finding people and content on sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you are up-to-date with what is happening around the world on World MS Day. Read more.

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Canberra Region Newsletter - May 2019

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Have your say! Nationwide research project launched. MS Australia is conducting a landmark, nationwide
‘Consumer Insights’ investigation. This project consists of two online surveys designed to understand the needs of both people living with MS and carers in Australia. Read more.

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Land acquisition marks starting point of bright future for the MS community

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Residents, MS team members and Friends of Multiple Sclerosis Limited (MSL) may be aware that earlier this week, Property NSW placed a notice in local newspapers advertising the acquisition of land at Lidcombe NSW, where the Studdy MS Centre is located. Read more.

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Canberra Region Newsletter - April 2019

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

2019 MS Go for Gold Scholarship Program. Applications open 25 March 2019. What is Go for Gold? MS Go for Gold Scholarships are open to people living with multiple sclerosis who wish to achieve a dream. The program is funded by our MS 24 Hour Mega Swim Events, with each scholarship being up to $3000 in value. Read more.

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MSL / MS TAS Integration Project Newsletter

Tuesday 26 March 2019

Multiple Sclerosis Research Engagement Workshop & Symposium in Hobart. The Menzies Institute for Medical Research are hosting a research workshop and public information symposium. Read more.

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Canberra Region Newsletter - March 2019

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

The Canberra MS Walk + Fun Run is back for 2019! The MS Walk + Fun Run is a combination of the classic fun run model, a big spoonful of community spirit, and a sprinkle of health and wellness, all mixed together to create an opportunity to make a real difference to people living with multiple sclerosis. Read more.

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Victorian bushfires

Monday, 4 March 2019

Are you in a current Victorian bushfire area? If you are experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing you should call triple zero (000). Read more.

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MSL / MS TAS Integration Project Newsletter

Monday 4, February 2019

In June 2018 we commenced an exciting partnership with the Pro-Bono Financial Advice Network (PFAN). The Pro Bono Financial Advice Network is an industry-wide collaboration across the financial services industry that connects financial advisers who are willing to give pro bono financial advice with MS clients. Read more.

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Bushfires burning across Tasmania

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Our thoughts are with our fellow Tasmanians at the moment with various bushfires burning across the state. We encourage people to be well-prepared always, but particularly at these times. Planning can be increasingly important for people living with mobility issues. Read more.

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Canberra Region Newsletter - February 2019

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

The Canberra region community is very proud that Dr Mary Webb has been awarded the John
Studdy Award by MS Australia. Dr Webb has served the ACT and National MS Communities as a
volunteer for 16 years in many capacities. Read more.

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MSL / MS TAS Integration Project Newsletter

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

LAUNCESTON OFFICE OPENING 6 December 2018. Thanks to those who braved the heat (30 degrees) to attend our office opening in December. Some of our Launceston team, Annette, Lucy and Jen were present to say hi to people with MS. Read more.

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MS Community Forum - NSW, 27 February 2019

Friday, 11 January 2019

MS Chair Peter Day and MS CEO John Blewonski invite you to attend the Community Engagement Forum to discuss the topics that are important to you directly with the MSL Board and Executive. This is also a great opportunity to meet our new CEO, John Blewonski. Read more.

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Menzies public lecture University of Tasmania Hobart - 6 Dec 2018

Thursday, 15 November 2018

“Maintaining cognition - the key to quality of life in multiple sclerosis” is the topic of a free public lecture to be hosted by the Menzies Institute for Medical Research and featuring pre-eminent MS researcher Professor Jeannette Lechner-Scott. 5.00 – 6.15 pm, Thu 6 December 2018. Read more.

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MSL / MS TAS Integration Project Newsletter

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Please join Multiple Sclerosis and Epilepsy Tasmania to officially open our new Launceston office. We will be providing light refreshments at the outside area in front of our new office and you are welcome to join us. Read more.

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MSL / MS TAS Integration Project Newsletter

Monday, 22 October 2018

The Neurological Alliance of Tasmania (NAT), of which MS are a part, were fortunate to be successful in obtaining a small grant from the Mental Health Council of Tasmania to run a small event to raise awareness of mental health issues in people with neurological conditions. Read more.

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Canberra Region Newsletter - October 2018

Thursday, 11 October 2018

What's in this newsletter? Annual General meeting, National Gallery Visit, Go For Gold Celebration, Peer Support Dates, Grand Challenge, The Health Economic, and the impact of multiple sclerosis. Read more.

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Canberra Region Newsletter - August 2018

Thursday, 27 September 2018

What's in this newsletter? New office hours, New CEO, One-on-one NDIS sessions, GYAT tool, Live chat with MS Connect, Upcoming MS Nurse visits, Community consultation, Volunteers wanted for ANU Study, plus much more . Read more.

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MSL / MS TAS Integration Project Newsletter

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Thank you to everyone who attended the forum and met the MSL board members, it was great to meet so many people and to hear your views on what we are doing and what we can do better for you. It is inspiring to be part of the journey that you are all taking and we appreciate the trust you have in us to serve you. Read more.

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Neurological Alliance - Government funding

Monday, 17 September 2018

The Neuro Alliance is trying to get the word out to the Victorian government just how important this funding is to support people living with neurological conditions. Read more.

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MSL / MS TAS Integration Project Newsletter

Thursday, 23 August 2018

We are excited to let you know that MS is working with Professor Bruce Taylor and others from the Menzies Institute for Medical Research and the University of Tasmania in developing a similar online learning tool about multiple sclerosis. Read more.

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MSL / MS TAS Integration Project Newsletter

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

We have finally had the official opening of our office in Hobart ,on 11 July, the Premier Will Hodgman opened the Neuro Hub and it was great to see over 50 people attend the opening. Read more.

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Canberra Region Newsletter

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Welcome to the July 2018 edition of the Canberra Region MS Newsletter. Community Consultation Forum; On Friday 27 July 2018, we will be holding three sessions (morning, afternoon and evening) to obtain ideas and discuss options regarding the future of MSL’s property in Deakin, Gloria McKerrow House. Read more.

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MSL / MS TAS Integration Project Newsletter

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Thank you to everyone who attended the MS SYMPOSIUM on World MS Day. We had a fantastic range of guest speakers and were pleased to be able to bring researchers from not only Menzies but also the Royal Melbourne Hospital to cover a range of topics. Read more.

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Announcement of Appointment – John Blewonski, CEO

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

On behalf of the MSL Board, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr John Blewonski as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSL to commence on 5 November 2018. Read more.

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Vale Robert McEniry

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

The executive and board regret to announce the passing last week of MSL Director and AHCS Chair Robert McEniry. Read more.

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MS Community Forum - TAS, 29 August 2018

Friday, 6 July 2018

MS Chair, Peter Day, and MS Acting CEO, Sandra Walker invite you to attend the Community Engagement Forum to have a conversation with the MSL board and share your insights and views. Read more.

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