Having issues viewing this email? Open it in your browser
APRIL EDITION 2020

This month learn from expert MS researchers, academic researchers and clinical neurologists about advice for people living with MS in the COVID-19 environment; how new research looks into the use of wearable sensors to compare gait stability and we look at why the immune system attacks itself.

Until the next edition, take care.

RESEARCH NEWS

COVID-19: ADVICE FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH MS

We have received advice for people living with MS regarding COVID-19.

This advice comes from expert MS researchers, academic researchers and clinical neurologists.

Read the full article here

WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY: THE NEW DISEASE PROGRESSION DETECTIVE

New research looks into the use of wearable sensors to compare gait stability between people with MS with no obvious walking impairments and people without MS.
 

Find out more

WHY DOES THE IMMUNE SYSTEM ATTACK ITSELF?

New research is trying to determine why the immune system sometimes mistakenly attacks the body.

Read the full article here

MIX OF BROAD AND SPECIFIC LANGUAGE MAY HELP IN TALKING ABOUT MS

People with chronic autoimmune diseases often struggle to convey the nature and severity of ever-changing or ambiguous symptoms to their doctors, family members, and friends. As a result, these symptoms can go undiagnosed (or patients misdiagnosed) sometimes, for considerable periods of time.

Read the full article here

MSWA’S COMMITMENT TO RESEARCH

Over the past 12 years, MSWA has invested more than $17 million to fund research into finding the causes, better treatments and potentially future cures for MS and other neurological conditions.

Are you up to date with our research news?

MSWA's research news

RETAINING OR REGAINING MENTAL CLARITY - COVID-19

COVID-19 is bringing many changes to how we live our lives currently. While we can’t change what is happening, we can make some positive changes and embrace the Health Department’s preventative hygiene measures.
 
It’s important we support each other (albeit not physically), and while we remain isolated and in our home, let’s stay connected with others. Good mental health is important all year round, and especially during these uncertain times. If you are feeling down, speak to someone you trust, or visit one of the great support websites, including Beyond Blue for information and advice – more useful links below.
 
Unfortunately at this time our residential respite facilities at City Beach and Treendale are temporarily closed due to precautionary COVID-19 measures. If you, or your carer or loved one needs time out, we encourage you to follow the links below for useful resources on how to regain or retain mental clarity during this time.
 
The MSWA website also contains up to date information regarding COVID-19. Speak to your treating neurologist or GP if you are worried, as they best understand you and can make specific recommendations.

USEFUL RESOURCES

Apps:

  • Headspace: Meditation & Sleep
  • Calm: Meditation & Sleep
Websites:
PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

All face to face group activities have been suspended as a result of COVID-19 precautions.

These include MSWA group activities such as Outreach, physio group sessions, events, seminars or group services. Any individual services and support, currently delivered directly to you one on one, will remain as is.

This decision will be reviewed at the end of April and updates will be released as they become available.

The well-being, safety and security of our community is paramount. If you have concerns and would like to talk to us about alternatives for you at this time, please contact us on
08 9365 4888 or email customerservice@mswa.org.au.

VIRTUAL PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

At the moment we have one group open virtually for those interested. We hope that other sessions will be set up soon!

THE GOOD LIFE GROUP

Join other people living with MS to explore ways to bring more happiness into your life.

When: Monthly, run by MSWA counsellors. Tuesdays – 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Where: Held online via Zoom (an easy to use platform for video and audio meetings). You will be sent a direct and unique Zoom link for the meeting. This will change each time.
RSVP: Places are limited – Register your interest with Dajana by calling
08 9365 4585 or emailing Dajana.Tesevic@mswa.org.au

SHARE YOUR STORIES
If you have an interesting story that you would like to share with our readers, we would love to hear from you.
Contact us today
MSWA on Facebook
MSWA Instagram
MSWA Website
Vitality enquiries