23 May 2016 - Election scorecard for the MS community
Australia will go to the polls on 2 July 2016 to elect a new Australian Government. Many people affected by multiple sclerosis in Australia will be very interested in the outcome.
Multiple sclerosis is a complex neurological condition. There are more than 23,000 people diagnosed with the disease in Australia and taking into account families, carers and friends, the extended networks of people affected by multiple sclerosis is enormous.
Many people in the MS community will be interested to see which party offers them the best deal, and issues in the healthcare, disability care and aged care sectors are paramount.
People affected by multiple sclerosis have two fundamental needs:
- a cure for the disease
- access to support from the first experience of symptoms, through diagnosis, treatment and ongoing management.
A cure is within the grasp of both this generation of political leaders and researchers, whereas access to support through welcome yet complicated Commonwealth and State arrangements is an ongoing and sometimes unmet need.
On 4 May MS Australia launched our Election Commitments at a function at Parliament House, attended by many MPs, Senators and their advisors. We are asking each of the major parties to make 10 commitments during the election that will see both a greater investment in research and a comprehensive approach across all tiers of government in Australia. Download and print out our Election Scorecard and score each candidate against each of our ten issues.
We will keep an eye on these issues throughout the election period.