Education

We know how important it is to stay up-to-date with the latest information, advice and research in an easy and accessible way, so we have many tools in place to help keep people affected by multiple sclerosis informed on what matters most to them.  Our resources are easily accessed, whether it be over the phone, online, face-to-face or within someone’s local community.  

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Featured service: MS Education – community day

community dayOur MS Community Days give parents living with multiple sclerosis and their children the opportunity to share their feelings better, understand each other and build strategies to nurture family wellbeing in a fun, social and supportive environment.

They’re regularly hosted by MS Educators at venues such as the Taronga and Melbourne Zoos and Questacon Canberra – but this year a grant from Skipper-Jacobs Charitable Trust allowed us to take 11 parents and their teens out on Sydney Harbour for a day’s sailing aboard the tall ship Tenacious, which is purpose-built to allow it to be sailed by people with varied physical abilities. 

It was a perfect opportunity to promote family wellbeing in a unique setting. Although the weather didn’t play ball, with violent seas making life difficult outside the tranquillity of the harbour, even that aspect became a valuable learning experience for the kids onboard. 

Several teens turned green as soon as Tenacious began to roll violently. One was Ashton, 16, who sailed with his mum Katherine. 

“He got really sick and had to battle though every sailing-related task – which, to his credit, he did,” Katherine says. “But since everyone else was in the same boat, so to speak, and feeling queasy to some degree, it was a real leveller. 

“It was also a lesson to the kids in what us parents with multiple sclerosis deal with on a daily basis: you might be feeling like crap, but you just have to soldier on.”

Katherine took inspiration from the way teamwork overcame the most challenging of the day’s tasks aboard Tenacious. 

“What was wonderful about being on the ship was that, even though it was difficult conditions, I knew there were people there supporting me,” she says. “The ship crew and the MS team – people who knew exactly what I’d need.

“It’s the same as in life, really. There’s nothing you can’t get through if you’re surrounded by people who understand.”

 

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