Understanding Multiple sclerosis 

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system that interferes with nerve impulses within the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. It is the most common acquired chronic neurological disease that affects young adults. It is characterised by sclerosis, a Greek word meaning scars. These scars occur within the central nervous system and depending on where they develop, manifest into various symptoms. 

  • MS affects more than 25,000 people in Australia  
  • most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20-40, but it can also affect younger people 

  • roughly three times as many women have MS as men 

  • symptoms can vary from person to person 

  • symptoms depend on which part of the central nervous system is affected and to what degree 

  • Motor control - muscular spasms and problems with weakness, coordination, balance and functioning of the arms and legs 

  • Fatigue - including heat sensitivity 

  • Neurological symptoms - including vertigo, pins and needles, neuralgia and visual disturbances 

  • Continence care - including bladder incontinence and constipation 

  • Neuropsychological symptoms - including depression, cognitive difficulties and memory loss 



About Multiple sclerosis

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How can CPL help?

Allied Health therapies

Multiple sclerosis can occur at any age, but onset usually occurs around 20 and 40 years of age. CPL's Allied Health team can support people who have multiple sclerosis to aid recovery and help them reach their goals.

Support at home 

CPL can support you with day-to-day tasks, depending on your needs, from getting ready for school, university or work, right through to mealtime assistance and medication.

Independent living

CPL provides 24/7 Supported Independent Living services, and has a number of vacancies in accessible homes.

Employment and Training opportunities

There are a range of disability employment and training pathways to help people who have multiple sclerosis to re-enter or join the workforce.