MS Australia

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MS Australia
The logo of MS Australia
Founded February 1972[1]
Formerly called
National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Australia

MS Australia is a national, not-for-profit organisation that delivers services to people with Multiple Sclerosis, also known as MS, the most common chronic neurological disease affecting young Australians, affecting three times more women than men.[2][3] MS Australia aims to enhance the quality of life of people with Multiple Sclerosis and reduce the impact MS has on the families and carers.[4]

MS Australia delivers service to people with MS via state based MS Societies.


  • To help eliminate MS by funding research into the nature, causes, treatment, diagnosis and management of the disease.[5]
  • To apply results of worldwide research towards programs of treatment, prevention and cure.
  • To commission new research, facilitate national and international collaborations and fund established research initiatives through Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia, who work in partnership with Australia’s top medical research institutes.
  • To rationalise public education and awareness programs by producing publications and other materials.
  • To encourage cooperation in government relations, fundraising, project development, staff training, planning health economics, state office development assistance, recruitment and evaluation.
  • To take part in the worldwide fight against MS with the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation Societies
  • To develop common systems to reduce costs, compare data and share resources.
  • To develop the People with MS movement.

Fund Raising and other activities[edit]

MS Gong Ride[edit]

Riders in the Sydney to Gong bike ride fundraise a minimum of $250 to help people living with MS.[6]

Melbourne Summer Cycle[edit]

A non-competitive 40 km bike ride around Melbourne to raise money for MS Australia[7]

Brissie to the Bay[edit]

An annual event held to support Queenslanders living with MS. Cyclists raise money by cycling one of three distances, 10 km, 25 km or 50 km.[8]

MS Moonlight Walk[edit]

An annual 10 kilometre walk through Brisbane's CBD to raise money for people with MS. Participants walk solo or in a team and collect donations from family and friends. The event takes place at dusk, beginning and ending at the South Bank Cultural Forecourt.[9]

The crowd at the 2010 MSFest music festival.
The crowd at MSFest 2010.

MSFestSouth Bank Cultural Forecourt[edit]

An annual music festival held in Launceston, Tasmania. MS Fest began in 2006 to mark the 50th birthday commemoration if the MS Society in Australia. The aim of the festival is to raise funds and create awareness for people with Multiple Sclerosis.[10]

Step Up for MS[edit]

A vertical fun run event held annually to raise awareness and funds for Western Australians living with MS.[11]

MS Readathon[edit]

The MS Readathon, run by MS Australia, started in 1979. The MS Readathon encourages Australians to read books to raise funds to help people living with MS.[12] In 2010, The Novel Challenge was launched to involve adults.

Kiss Goodbye to MS campaign[edit]

Kiss Goodbye to MS.
MS Australia's 'Kiss Goodbye to MS' campaign.

In 2010, to recognise MS Awareness Week, Kiss Goodbye to MS was developed. Women were encouraged to wear red lipstick to start a conversation about MS and create awareness.[13]


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  3. ^ "MS Australia". MS Australia. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  4. ^ "MS Australia". MS Australia. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
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  6. ^ Archived from the original on 19 May 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "2012 MS Melbourne Cycle". Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  8. ^ Archived from the original on 17 February 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "MS Moonlight Walk – About the Walk". 2011-10-19. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
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  11. ^ "Home". Step up for MS. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  12. ^ "MS Readathon". MS Readathon. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  13. ^ "Home". Kiss Goodbye to MS. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 

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