Family Matters

Multiple sclerosis can have a significant impact on the lives of family members and friends of a person living with multiple sclerosis. Family Matters is an information series that offers useful guidelines so that family members and friends can understand the challenges they may face and the strategies that they can adopt to manage better.

As each family and person with multiple sclerosis is unique, not all the suggestions or information will be relevant to everyone, but the Family Matters series is a good starting point for finding out more.

1. Learning to Live with Multiple Sclerosis: An Introduction
Learning to Live with Multiple Sclerosis: An Introduction is booklet one in a three-part series. It focuses on some of the immediate issues that you and your family may experience when someone close to you is newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

2. Living Well with Multiple Sclerosis
Living Well with Multiple Sclerosis is booklet two in this series and is designed to help you on your journey alongside the person with multiple sclerosis.

multiple sclerosis can be demanding so you need to maintain your own health and wellbeing. Knowing how to manage multiple sclerosis, as well as making improvements to your own lifestyle, can make it easier for you to support the person with multiple sclerosis.

3. Caring for a Person with Multiple Sclerosis
Caring for a Person with Multiple Sclerosis is booklet three in this series. As a family member or carer, knowing how to access support, services and advice can help you to manage the changes that the symptoms of multiple sclerosis may bring. This knowledge also enables you to better assist the person with multiple sclerosis.

4. Positive Parents
This booklet has been designed for parents living with multiple sclerosis, and their partners, in relation to a parent survey responses and relevant literature. MS staff and La Trobe University Masters Students have collaborated to develop this booklet, with the aim of promoting healthy and positive family functioning.


Learn about MS

Learn all about multiple sclerosis — including information about the disease and the treatments available, the latest research and how we can support you to live well with the multiple sclerosis. 

Living well

Living well with a chronic illness requires a range of strategies including fatigue management, stress management, good nutrition and exercise.

Keeping fit and healthy

Learn more about exercising while you're living with multiple sclerosis.

Managing symptoms

Learn about different strategies to manage specific multiple sclerosis symptoms.

Practical advice

Explore practical, everyday information about things like money, respite and legal advice.

Health professionals

These sessions are designed to assist health professionals and community service providers who are supporting people living with multiple sclerosis.

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