Our vision is a world free from MND.
The MND Australia member organisations comprise of six state associations supporting people living with MND in all states and territories.
The research arm of MND Australia, the MND Research Institute of Australia, funds Australian researchers who are working towards better understanding the causes and finding effective treatments and ultimately a cure for MND.
Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is the name given to a group of diseases in which damage to motor neurones occurs. Motor neurones are nerve cells that control the movement of voluntary muscles, that is, muscles that are under conscious control. These include all the muscles of the trunk and limbs, and of speech, swallowing and breathing.
With no nerves to activate them, muscles gradually weaken and waste, and paralysis ensues. Weakness is often seen first in the hands or feet, or the first sign may be swallowing difficulty or slurred speech.
Average survival time after diagnosis is 2 to 3 years or less, some people survive 5 years or more. There is no known cause in most cases, no effective treatments and no cure.
Progression of MND is rapid, creating high levels of disability and consequent needs for support. Support needed includes assistance with feeding, communication, movement, transferring, toiletting and breathing. MND has an impact on all activities of living.