Sydney (Press Release): MS Australia is thrilled that Prime Minister, Scott Morrison has agreed to launch its 2019 Election Commitments package at a Parliamentary Friends of Multiple Sclerosis event, in the Senate Alcove, Parliament House, Canberra, on Thursday 29 November 2018 at 12 noon.
The MS Australia 2019 Election Commitments package sets out the nine important ways our Federal politicians can help people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). The package (embargoed link below) comprises three Roadmaps – A Roadmap to Defeat MS in Australia, with a focus on health and increased funding for research into MS, A Roadmap to Support People with MS Living with Disability and A Roadmap to Support People Ageing with MS.
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. The economic impact of MS in Australia was $1.75 billion in 2017. Source: The Health Economic Impact of Multiple Sclerosis in Australia 2017 report, commissioned by MS Research Australia and prepared by the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania.
“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