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New web-based training package to support people with motor neurone disease

15 November 2011

Minister for Ageing and Disability Services Andrew Constance has today launched a new web-based training package to enhance the expertise of staff supporting people with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

Mr Constance said MND Aware was developed by the Motor Neurone Disease Association of NSW (MNDNSW) in collaboration with Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC).

“The package features a number of training sessions about awareness, well-being and case management for health and community care professionals with a basic understanding of MND and its impact on individuals, carers and families,” Mr Constance said.

“MND Aware can be accessed on-line at and has been developed in such a way that it can also be used by people with Motor Neurone Disease, their families, friends and carers as well.”

The Motor Neurone Association of NSW was provided with $145,000 from the NSW Government to develop the initiative. This training will enhance capacity and expertise of ADHC provided and funded services and staff.

“Motor Neurone Disease is predominantly a condition experienced by people of mid to older age. It destroys the nerve cells controlling muscle movement, including muscles for speech and swallowing,” Mr Constance said.

“Presently, there is no identified cause and there is no cure with 90 per cent of people passing away within four years of onset.”

“People with Motor Neurone Disease rely on much needed equipment to live at home.”

“Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of allocating $1 million to MNDNSW to support the operation of its Equipment Loan Service to support people to stay at home. This grant has enabled the Association to provide the latest technology to support people with communication and swallowing difficulties.”

“Through Stronger Together 2, the NSW Government will continue to address the pathways and service barriers identified for people with neurological degenerative conditions such as Motor Neurone Disease.”

“This resource will provide staff with the information they need to better understand the condition and to provide a timely and appropriate response.”

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