Understanding MS – Free Online Course

‘Understanding Multiple Sclerosis (MS)’ is a free online course from Menzies, that aims to improve understanding and awareness of MS. Members of the public will increase their knowledge of MS-related issues and those in the MS Community will be empowered to create and contribute to personalised management plans.

Researchers at Menzies, the University of Tasmania’s Institute for Medical Research, have developed ‘Understanding MS’, in partnership with Multiple Sclerosis Limited in Australia, to transform the experience of people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

‘Understanding MS’ is a free educative resource tool with two online courses held each year, in April and September.

The course is a great introduction or reminder for anyone who has an interest in MS including:

  • people living with MS and their families
  • carers
  • GPs, nurses, specialists, and other allied healthcare professionals
  • support organisations, service delivery workers, support staff, advocates
  • researchers
  • and anyone who wants to learn more about MS.

The course has six modules, which are released weekly and contain content addressing the areas of:

  • Biology and Pathology
  • Diagnosis and Symptoms
  • Demographics and Introduction to Risk
  • Risk Factors
  • Disease Management and Support Strategies
  • Living with MS

Each module ends with a short quiz to enable you to gauge how much you have learned, and on completion of the course you will be provided with a certificate of achievement.

Educational videos of academics and health professionals deliver evidence-based information on the disease risk factors, progression and management, while interviews with people living with MS provide personal perspectives on diagnosis, symptoms and symptom management.

To find out more, or to enrol, please visit: https://ms.mooc.utas.edu.au/