From diagnosis to risk factors and symptom-management, this course is for anyone wanting to learn more about MS.

Understanding Multiple Sclerosis’ is an award-winning free online course that aims to improve understanding and awareness of MS. The course has been an international success. To date, 30,000 people from more than 130 countries have enrolled.

The six-week course allows you to study at your own pace. The modules are all online, giving you the flexibility to choose when and where you learn.

The course was developed by the Menzies Institute for Medical Research in Tasmania in partnership with MS Limited (one of MS Australia’s state members).

Who can enrol?

The course is open to anyone across the world with an interest in MS, including;

  • People living with MS, their friends, families and carers
  • Advocates, service delivery staff, support workers
  • Medical and nursing professionals
  • Allied health professionals

On average, participants improved their knowledge of MS by 25%. Nearly two third (63%) say they apply their learning to their everyday lives and 97% say they would recommend the course to someone else!

What does the course cover?

Over six modules, the course integrates scientific information with lived experience from members of the MS community. Modules are taught using engaging videos and interactive activities. Summaries are written in a clear accessible way and additional resources are signposted. The course covers the following topics:

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

The September course will also feature new content on MS and sleep and trends in MS prevalence.

Sign up now

The next course begins on 12 September  2022. Previous participants have given the course a 5-star rating. You can enrol now at

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