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DECEMBER EDITION 2019

Welcome to the December edition of Vitality.

This month, read about the first ever secondary progressive MS treatment approved in Australia, a potential link between gut health and neurological conditions and hear from a woman living with MS about advances that have been made since her diagnosis three years ago.

Also, find out what MSWA programs and events are coming up.

MSWA wishes you and your family a safe and happy festive season. Until the next edition in February, take care.

MSWA FUNDED RESEARCH MEETING

This month, for the first time ever, MSWA funded researchers based in Western Australia came together to discuss their important research projects in a collaborative and informative research symposium.
 
Research is an incredibly important aspect for MSWA and we hope through our continued funding we are able to find out more about the causes and better treatments for MS and other neurological conditions.
 
We hope you enjoyed reading research updates throughout the year.

RESEARCH NEWS

FIRST EVER SECONDARY PROGRESSIVE MS TREATMENT APPROVED IN AUSTRALIA
 
The first ever treatment for secondary progressive MS (SPMS), Siponimod, marketed under the trade name Mayzent, has been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration in Australia.

Read article

UNCOVERING A LINK BETWEEN GUT HEALTH AND NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS

Dr Luke Whiley from the Australian National Phenome Centre at Murdoch University speaks to the ABC about his research study investigating a link between gut bacteria and neurogenerative diseases, funded by MSWA. 

Listen to the interview (© ABC)

THE PAST GIVES US HOPE FOR THE FUTURE
 
Cathy Chester, an award-winning health advocate and freelance writer who also lives with multiple sclerosis speaks about advances that have been made since her diagnosis three years ago.

Read MS News today's article

DID YOU MISS MS RESEARCH AUSTRALIA’S LIVE UPDATE?
 
Listen to hear:

  • Key insights from the Progress in MS Research Scientific Conference
  • Environmental enigmas deciphered: MS risk factors explained
  • Remyelination research on repairing MS damage
  • Self-reported outcomes from patients integrated research
  • The evolution of Australian MS treatment landscape
Listen to the update
GENERAL NEWS

MSWA WELCOMES JEMMA BARSBY TO PERTH
 
Professional Australian Cricketer Jemma Barsby is now an official MSWA ambassador.
 
Jemma, who was diagnosed with MS at the age of 19, hopes to share her personal journey to inspire other young people.
 
She has recently relocated to WA after signing with the Perth Scorchers for the next two seasons.

Read her full story
PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
PERTH METRO

COUNSELLING SERVICE CARERS GROUPS
 
The MSWA Counselling Service is starting a new monthly carers support group, for carers of people living with MND, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), Huntington’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease.
 
One meeting will be at MSWA Wilson for south metro area carers and the other will be at MSWA Joondalup for carers in the northern suburbs.
 
Groups will start in January, meeting on a weekday afternoon and will be facilitated by MSWA Counsellors Liesl Murdoch and Eve Parsons.
Numbers may be limited.
 
To register your interest for these groups please contact: 
Liesl Murdoch on 0447 810 647 or email  liesl.murdoch@mswa.org.au OR
Eve Parsons on 0427 124 391 or email eve.parsons@mswa.org.au

OUR EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT FOR YOU

Our partnership with WASO is focussed on providing our community with wider access to music and is an opportunity to bring the power of music into everyone’s lives: 

  • If you’re 35 and under you have access to $25 tickets until the end of the year
  • A 20% discount off all tickets for Members during 2019. Simply enter the promotional code ‘MSWA2019’ when purchasing tickets online at waso.com.au (please read the terms and conditions).

THE SENSATION GALLERY

There’s still time to join us at MSWA's newest event - The SensAtion Gallery

The SensAtion Gallery is a multi-sensory playground. Be prepared to be enthralled, educated, immersed and challenged to think about your senses differently.

Venue: SensAtion Gallery | Fraser Suites | Corner Moreau Parade and De Vlamingh Avenue, East Perth

Parking: Queens Gardens

Get your tickets before the season ends. More information can be found on the SensAtion website.

Hear Professor Jenny Rodger's thoughts on the Gallery
BEECHBORO

EXPRESSIVE JOURNALING
 
Explore writing combined with art, collage, symbols and music.
Journal therapy and therapeutic writing can help with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, low self-esteem, interpersonal relationship issues and issues related to chronic illness. This is a 6-week program facilitated by MSWA Senior Counsellor Jean Hudson.

When: Tuesdays,10am - 12pm
18 February, 25 February, 3 March, 10 March, 17 March and 24 March 2020
Where: MSWA Beechboro

For further information, please email Jean.Hudson@mswa.org.au
MSWA may subsidise program funding for Members without NDIS funding.

Register
KELMSCOTT

MEN’S RESOURCE GROUP
 
Share challenges, ideas, information and resources with other men living with a neurological condition.
 
When: Friday 13 December, 10am – 12pm
Where: MSWA Kelmscott
 
Register your interest by 9 December with MSWA Counsellor Monique on 0447 648 505 or Monique.Chas@mswa.org.au

Register
BUNBURY

Coffee Crew

This is an opportunity to catch up and share experiences with other people living with a neurological condition over a hot beverage.

When: Thursday, 14 November at 11.30am
Where: Dolphin Discovery Centre, Koombana Drive, Bunbury
RSVP: Register your interest with Leonie on 6454 2804 or email Leonie.Wellington@mswa.org.au

Register
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.
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