Wellbeing support

We want to help people living with multiple sclerosis and their loved ones live well with the condition, and it is important to view this in a holistic way. Whether that’s by knowing which foods or supplements can help people feel good or what form of exercise could make them feel their best, what support there is for carers and family members or what social activities are available – we are here to help people choose the right options for them. 

How do we provide this?

Featured service: MS Gym 

GymRegular physical activity benefits anyone who puts in the effort – but regular recreation, active living and a personalised exercise program can be especially helpful for people who wish to live well with multiple sclerosis.

Gai was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis in 1999 and has now gone on to secondary progressive. She began attending  the MS Gym in Lidcombe NSW 18 months ago on the advice of MS physiotherapist Dr Phu Hoang, who devised a personalised exercise program that Gai could follow both at the gym and at home.

It didn’t take long before Gai was noticing the difference it was making to her wellbeing.

“While my level of fitness is fairly stable compared to some other attendees of the gym, I find the gym an essential part of my life to help retain my strength and flexibility,” she says.

Gai is particularly impressed by the continuing care, attention and expertise with which the MS Gym assists attendees.

“While attending the MS Gym I am assured that I am able to use the correct equipment and receive advice suitable to my needs, which I would not otherwise receive while attending a general gym.” 

“I am fortunate to have the assistance of Natalie, Caitlin and Phu as they continue to monitor my progress. I’ve also observed on many occasions as they assist and gently encourage others to extend their progress as they travel through their own exercise regime.”

Aside from improved fitness, social connectedness remains a crucial element of wellbeing. Being part of a regular exercise group or program – whether that’s at the MS Gym or out in the community, which we can help facilitate – is a perfect way to enjoy both. 

“Attending the MS Gym on a regular basis has allowed me to meet others in a similar position to myself and to discuss helpful aspects of this disease, while having a laugh,” Gai says. “My only wish is that it was closer to home so that I may attend more often!”


Many people living with multiple sclerosis ask about the role of nutrition, and how it can assist managing day-to-day life.

Multiple sclerosis is complex and it affects everyone differently, with many different responses to treatments and interventions.

There is currently little evidence from clinical studies that definitely confirms particular foods or dietary changes can help reduce symptoms.  However there have been a number of studies indicating associations between certain dietary components and multiple sclerosis.

There are also many examples of people who are living well with multiple sclerosis through a combination of the right treatment and some simple diet and lifestyle changes.

A well-balanced diet, low in fat and high in fibre, can help stabilise weight and improve bowel health. Adding dietary supplements such as multivitamins with minerals, calcium, and vitamin D can also be useful however supplements and vitamins should not replace proper food intake.

If you are considering dietary changes, It is important to you consult your doctor or health professional in the first instance.

You can learn more from our MS Living Well Education sessions

Nutrition research

There have been a handful of clinical trials into particular diets and dietary supplements. There have also been a number of observational studies which look at particular diets and their impact on wellbeing.

Overall results are varied and it is often difficult to control the multiple components and variables in dietary studies.

Our colleagues at MS Research Australia provide updates on the international research regarding diet, nutrition and multiple sclerosis — visit www.msra.org.au for more information.

Live well with MS - Take Charge & Become the CEO

Dr Sally Shaw, Psychologist talks about reframing perspectives and taking charge of your life with multiple sclerosis.

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Vitamin D & Multiple Sclerosis

How important is vitamin D when you are living with multiple sclerosis? What is the optimum level? Sunshine or supplements? These will be some of the questions addressed by Professor Robyn Lucas during her presentation about the latest research. Professor Robyn Lucas is a medically trained epidemiologist and specialist public health physician, currently working at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population health. One of her major areas of research interest is environmental effects on immune function, including auto immune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, and the effects of ultraviolet radiation and vitamin D on health in general.


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