About MS

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system, interfering with nerve impulses within the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. It is characterised by sclerosis a Greek word meaning scars. These scars occur within the central nervous system and depending on where they develop, manifest into various symptoms.

MS affects over 25,600 in Australia and more than two million diagnosed worldwide. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20-40, but it can affect younger and older people too. Roughly three times as many women have MS as men.

There is currently no known cure for MS however there are a number of treatment options available to help manage symptoms and slow progression of the disease.

What is MS?


Why are three out of four people who develop MS women?

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Key facts and figures about MS

Invisible Symptoms of MS – Animation


How is MS diagnosed?

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COVID-19 and MS


What is MS?

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Medications and Treatments

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Understanding MS: An introductory guide

Living with MS: Astrid’s Story – In My Shoes