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MSWA Bulletin Magazine Winter 2023

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Unravelling the mysteries of multiple sclerosis | Ambilympics champion Chris McEncroe takes home silver for Australia | John Robertson: Nurturing a decades-long vocation | Don't think of the pink elephants!


OUR COMMUNITY NEWS IN BRIEF SAVE THE DATE Thriving with Multiple Sclerosis MSWA Client Rob Cridge recently took on the challenge of giving a TEDx talk in Kinjarling (Albany), as part of the ‘Imagine’ themed event. Rob talks about how making small changes in your life can, and will, lead to positive outcomes in the future, how to become more engaged in life and how to not sweat the small stuff. Rob’s list of achievements is pretty amazing and you can watch his inspiring talk here: “I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis... and it is the best thing that ever happened to me.” Rob Cridge ‘Tuff’ Love - Drag News feature Rob isn’t the only star in our midst, with die-hard Ducati fanatic and MSWA Client Chris Morgan featured in Drag News Magazine in May. Margaret Doody Respite The skilled drag racer talks about House Mural his passion for motorbikes, his plans to compete for a Perth-based artist Liv Robinson championship and how MS won’t kindly donated her time and hold him back. talents to produce a four metre mural to spruce up Margaret “When I race my world comes down Doody Respite's courtyard. to a very specific group of actions that I try to refine and perfect. To make the under-the-sea Nothing can distract me. It is a world themed masterpiece more special, of looking for the perfect run and a Liv bought the artwork to MSWA world where I no longer have MS.” Wilson Outreach, guiding Clients to Chris Morgan add the finishing touches. Read the full story at We hope our Clients visiting respite will enjoy the new scenery! May 50K A team of MSWA employees and Clients showed their support for the MS community by participating in the May 50k. Together, they fundraised ,307 for the cause, logging an impressive 1,015km! A huge congratulations to the team for getting involved and thank you to all who supported with their generous donations. UNDERSTANDING MS NEWLY DIAGNOSED INFORMATION EVENING Expressions of interest Have you been diagnosed with MS in the past 2 years? Do you want to know more about MS and hear from others living with MS? This information evening is run by MSWA twice a year and is free for Clients and family members/support people. In addition to connecting with peers, this session provides insight into our MS Peer Support program, Employment Support Service and includes a Q&A opportunity with the MSWA Allied Health Panel. Register your interest to or call 0429 267 970. From diagnosis to risk factors and symptom-management, the Understanding Multiple Sclerosis course is for anyone wanting to learn more about MS. The award-winning online course was developed by the Menzies Institute for Medical Research to improve understanding and awareness of MS. To date 37,000+ people from more than 170 countries have enrolled. The six-week online course allows you to study at your own pace. Best of all – it’s completely free. The next course will begin on 11 September, 2023. Visit to enrol. DIGESTING THE SCIENCE OF MS (FOR AGES 6 – 16) Expressions of interest – September/October school holidays This workshop is an opportunity for children and families to attend a free, interactive science-based activity session to learn about MS in an engaging and fun way. Navigate the nervous system and discover how MS affects the body, while having fun and connecting with your loved ones. Register your interest to or call 0429 267 970. “The event was great for my kids! They really enjoyed the excellent resources. My 7-year-old… has been able to understand more and ask more questions.” 20 – 26 AUGUST 21 – 27 AUGUST 4 – 8 SEPTEMBER 8 SEPTEMBER 11 SEPTEMBER 21 SEPTEMBER OCTOBER 7 – 14 OCTOBER 23 – 29 OCTOBER 29 NOV - 1 DEC Speech Pathology Week Brain Injury Awareness Week Women’s Health Week World Brain Day Understanding MS course begins World Alzheimer's Day Mental Health Awareness Month Mental Health Week Occupational Therapy Week Progress in MS Research Conference 30 31