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World MS Day brings the global MS community together on 30 May to share stories, raise awareness and campaign with everyone affected by multiple sclerosis.

The 2024 World MS Day theme is 'My MS Diagnosis’, focussing on navigating the early stages after diagnosis. In particular, this year MS Plus will focus on the importance of building informed, caring communities and systems that support people diagnosed with MS.

'My MS Diagnosis: It Takes a Village' is about recognising and celebrating the diverse people, systems and services that support people with MS.

Finding and nurturing a 'village' — whatever that may look like — after diagnosis and beyond, creates a vital network to help people with MS to live their best lives.

We’re hosting a range of events throughout May to mark World MS Day 2024, to help our MS community to celebrate their own village, including your partners at MS Plus.

2024 events

  • 'My MS Diagnosis: It Takes a Village' themed webinars:

    I think I've got MS — what now?
    Monday 27 May, 5:30pm–6:15pm
    If you've researched online or had similar symptoms to someone you know with MS and are worried that you may have MS, this webinar is for you. In this pre-recorded discussion we talk to Dr Therese Burke, MS Nurse and researcher and answer the common questions people have when they are concerned they have MS. Following this, MS Nurse Jodi Haartsen will then be available to answer questions.

    Register now

    Webinar #2: keep an eye out for more information closer to the date.

  • MS Walk Run + Roll in Canberra, Launceston, Melbourne and Sydney.
    We will be hosting FREE activities at the MS Plus Services Tent in Melbourne, Sunday 19 May and Sydney Sunday 26 May. In addition to plenty of information about services and supports available if you or a loved on is living with MS, there will be lots of activities for the whole family. You can:
    • take the kids on a hunt to find Bernard the Bear: a fun way for the family to learn more about MS and its impact
    • grab a coffee or tea
    • visit our MS ‘village’ and thank someone or show your support for someone living with MS

  • MS Plus Virtual Art Show award ceremony.
    This year our artists are exploring the 'My MS Diagnosis: It Takes a Village' theme, and what the 'village means to them. View the full gallery of submissions on our website from Monday 20 May. Winners will be announced on World MS Day Thursday 30 May.

  • Learn, try and connect with MS Plus Wellbeing Centres
    We are hosting Open Days at our Footscray, Blackburn and Hobart Wellbeing Centres in May.
    Come along to:
    • Learn from our team of allied health professionals, with topics like 5 minutes to better balance, 5 simple meal ideas and 5 tips for thriving at work
    • Try out our neuro gyms and check out the equipment and classes on offer
    • Connect with your village for morning tea.
    Places are limited, RSVP to a Wellbeing Centre Open Day today.

  • The May 50K
    This May, smash your fitness goals as you help raise funds to support life-changing research into the prevention, treatment and finding a cure for multiple sclerosis. Challenge yourself to move 50 KM (The OG), 100 KM (Double Up) or 150 KM (Triple Threat), in your own time and at your own pace.
    Register for The May 50K today

More information is also available on the official World MS Day website.

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