Launch of MS Australia 2019 election commitments

Prime Minister, Scott Morrison has agreed to launch MS Australia 2019 Election Commitments package at a Parliamentary Friends of Multiple Sclerosis event in Parliament House today.


The MS Australia 2019 Election Commitments package sets out the nine important ways Federal politicians can help people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). The package comprises three Roadmaps:


MS Australia, on behalf of the broader MS community, seeks commitments from all political parties and independents, to the nine initiatives in these Roadmaps that will each make significant improvements for people living with MS in Australia.


There are now more than 25,600 Australians living with MS and over 7.6 million Australians who know or have a loved one with this potentially debilitating disease.


MS is the most commonly acquired neurological disease in young adults, diagnosis is mostly between the ages of 20 and 40 and three quarters of those diagnosed are women.


“There is no known cause or single cure, but there is now an opportunity for this generation of political leaders and decision-makers to consign MS to a foot-note in history,” says MS Australia CEO, Deidre Mackechnie.


“We need a concerted effort to provide improved support for the management and care of MS, through systemic improvements to the health care, disability care and aged care sectors,” adds Ms Mackechnie.


MS Australia is seeking commitments to:

  1. Stop MS and find a cure
  2. Prevent MS
  3. Improve the management of MS
  4. Fully address NDIS issues
  5. Improve employment options and workplace flexibility
  6. Stop young people entering residential aged care
  7. Maintain the momentum of aged care reforms
  8. Help people to stay at home for as long as possible
  9. Ensure equal access to assistive technology.


MS Australia will pursue a commitment from all politicians to each of these improvements in the lead up to the 2019 Federal election.


29 November 2018.