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Otago Multiple Sclerosis Society

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    The Otago Multiple Sclerosis Society aims to empower people with multiple sclerosis and allied neurological diseases and their families, by providing them with professional support, education, information and skills, to participate actively in the community in ways that are meaningful to them. We offer numerous opportunities to interact and meet with other society members, all held on a regular basis.

    Free and confidential information on all things MS - referrals to health professionals and help accessing MSD information/work questions and support. Family/whanau more than welcome to access this service - work with a holistic approach to client care.

    Otago Multiple Sclerosis Society can provide assistance to people with multiple sclerosis which includes:

    • Discussing a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and what this means for you, your family and for the future
    • Knowledge is Power information kits available
    • Home visits by appointment
    • Newsletter
    • Up-to-date information about multiple sclerosis and management of the condition
    • Discussion about disease modifying therapies
    • Advocacy and education 
    • Referral to other agencies and allied health professionals
    • Education & support for partners, carers, families, friends, employers and work colleagues
    • Facilitating support groups and networks where appropriate
    • Support for employment meetings
    • Conducting assessment of needs i.e. acceptance criteria for the Total Mobility Scheme
    • Liaising with & helping with applications for other service providers, such as WINZ and home care agencies
    • Facilitating support groups across the Otago region
    • Support for lotteries funding

    Multiple Sclerosis Otago works at empowering the people of Otago and their support networks to actively participate in their community.

    Advocacy
    Injury, illness or disability
    • Conducting assessment of needs i.e. acceptance criteria for the Total Mobility Scheme
    • Referrals for rehabilitation; occupational therapists, physiotherapists
    • Organising respite care
    • Educational support
    • Individual assistance 
    • Referrals to counselling services
    Transport
    • Advocacy and education for people with Multiple Sclerosis, their family, friends and work colleagues

    Charges

    Services free of charge

    Age groups

    • Child / Tamariki
    • Youth / Rangatahi
    • Adult / Pakeke
    • Older adult / Kaumātua