Ageing, Disability & Home Care

New webtool promotes greater understanding about people living with neuromuscular disease

14 November 2012



Minister for Disability Services Andrew Constance today launched an innovative online training tool at Parliament House to assist frontline staff better understand neuromuscular conditions and how they impact on a person's life.

"There are over 40 different neuromuscular conditions affecting approximately 7,000 people in NSW," Mr Constance said.

"Most of these are degenerative conditions that involve loss of muscle strength over time commencing in either childhood or adulthood."

This training project, created in partnership with Muscular Dystrophy NSW (MDNSW), was funded by Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) to assist frontline staff.

"The aim of the tool is to enhance the capacity of existing services to more appropriately meet the needs of people with neuromuscular conditions," said Pene Hodge Chief Executive Officer, Muscular Dystrophy NSW.

"The e-learning tool is accessed through the MDNSW website and has been designed as a staged and self-paced learning tool."

It consists of four modules containing a total of nine sessions covering topics such as: Background to NMDs (neuromuscular disorders); Living with NMD; and caring for those with NMD.

"This is an excellent addition to the other ADHC funded web-based training programs developed to promote greater understanding of acquired brain injury and motor neurone disease," Mr Constance said.

The training project is an initiative of Stronger Together 2 and the NSW Government's commitment to person-centred approaches to delivering disability services.

To access the webtool and for more information about MDNSW visit www.mdnsw.org.au.

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