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We regularly host live webinars where we share the expertise of our team and special guests on a range of health and wellbeing topics related to multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions. You can join any of our upcoming webinars for free.

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Fatigue management programs 2024

If fatigue is limiting what you can achieve, please register your interest in being involved with our fatigue management program, FACETS. This is an online program delivered in small group sessions with a trained facilitator. Once we have received your expression of interest, we will be in touch with you about the screening process and the next upcoming program. Register your interest

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  • latest information about COVID and vaccinations
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  • living well with multiple sclerosis and managing your emotional and mental health
  • taking control of your work life and financial health
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Upcoming webinars

18 April 2024

Genetics and MS

Genes play a critical, yet not fully understood role in MS. While not directly inherited, certain genetic variations can increase a person's susceptibility to developing the condition. Understanding the role of genetics and epigenetics is vital for unravelling more about MS, how MS progresses and how we can optimise treatment.

In this webinar, a pre-recorded discussion with Dr. Vicki Maltby will provide an overview of genetics and epigenetics and their relevance to MS. Following the presentation, an MS Nurse will be available to answer questions.

Presenter:

Dr. Maltby completed her PhD in molecular epigenetics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She moved to Newcastle as a research fellow in 2012 and is not a Research fellow at the John Hunter Hospital and a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle. Her research focus is on identification of epigenetic factors involved in multiple sclerosis. Her group has characterised the genome wide epigenetic changes in various immune cells involved in Multiple Sclerosis.

Time:
12:30pm - 1:15pm AEST

24 April 2024

Finding Balance: Navigating stability with multiple sclerosis

Physical balance is crucial because it helps us move confidently, perform daily activities safely, and prevents falls and injuries. Balance is often affected in people with MS due to damage to the nerves that control movement and sensation. This damage disrupts the communication between the brain and the body, leading to issues with coordination, stability, and spatial awareness. In this live webinar we will be joined with MS Nurse Jodi Haartsen and Mahenddra Raj our physiotherapist who will provide:

  • Overview of understanding Balance in MS
  • Assessing Balance in MS
  • Strategies for Improving Balance
  • Psychological and Emotional Impact
Time:
12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST

27 May 2024

I think I've got MS – what now?

Worried you have MS? If you have looked on the internet 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.

Presenter:

Dr Therese Burke AM is a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Nurse (MSCN) and also Certified in Rare Neuroimmunological Disorders (CRND) such as NMOSD and MOGAD. She is currently an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the University of Notre Dame, Australia, located in Darlinghurst, Sydney. Therese's PhD research delved into the lived experiences of people with MS, aiming to enhance their quality of life and healthcare. Her post-doctoral work expanded to examine the role of MS Nurses in Australasia, the concept of Surplus Suffering in MS, and the lived experience in specific MS scenarios. She remains committed to enriching the lives of those with MS by conducting inclusive research and educating healthcare professionals on their experiences.

Time:
5:30pm - 6:15pm AEST

28 May 2024

MS Management: It's not what you know, it's who you know

In the lead-up to World MS Day at MS Plus, we've been delving into the significance of the support network (the village) in MS management and the value of leveraging your connections. Join us for a live webinar featuring MS nurse practitioner, Jodi Haartsen, who draws from over 25 years of experience as part of many people's villages. Jodi reflects on who needs to be in your village and the roles they can play and gives you practical and offers practical advice on navigating complex systems. Learn how to assemble the team necessary for leading your best life.

Time:
12:30pm - 1:15pm AEST

Views expressed on the MS Podcast, including any discussions or reference to medications or treatments by podcast guests, do not necessarily represent the views of MS Plus and should not be seen as either an endorsement or rejection of a treatment. MS Plus does not recommend any specific treatment for people living with MS. Decisions about any treatments, taking into consideration the potential benefits and side effects for each individual’s circumstances, should be made in careful consultation with the person’s neurologist or health care professional.

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