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University of Tasmania

Understanding Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

University of Tasmania via Independent


'Understanding Multiple Sclerosis (MS)' is a free online course 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 MS management plans.

The course is designed for anyone with an interest in Multiple Sclerosis including -

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



  1. Biology and Pathology
  2. Diagnosis and Symptoms
  3. Demographics and Introduction to Risk
  4. Risk Factors
  5. Disease Management and Support Strategies
  6. Living with MS

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4.9 rating, based on 664 reviews

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  • Pat completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    An excellent course for anyone touched by MS: people living with MS, their family and friends. Also health professionals, especially those not currently working in the MS field, but who may encounter people living with MS from time to time. It gives insight into the disease and how it affects people differently, as well as common symptoms and ways to deal with the disease. Topics are covered objectively but they also help everyone understand the emotional impact, especially at diagnosis.

    Plus a free certificate and the option for health professionals (and any other interested people) to purchase an enhanced certificate that might be helpful for continuing education hours/points.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I highly recommend the Understanding Multiple Sclerosis (MS) free online course for any interested members of the society. The information is clear, concise, and relevant: while the digital format is logical and easy to follow. The course balances both...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course was very insightful, I am a parent of a 22year old diagnosed on her 19th Birthday after going blind in one eye with Rapidly Evolving Severe MS (her sight did return it happened twice 3 months apart),Neurologist found four lesions in her brain...
  • Kristine Bradley

    Kristine Bradley completed this course.

    I am in my third year of near diagnosis of MS. This course has helped me appreciate why it is often a lengthy process to complete diagnosis. It helped me further understand symptoms I vaguely had glanced through just after talking of my diagnosis....
  • Anonymous
    I was diagnosed of Multiple Sclerosis a couple of years ago, I had severe fatigue, difficulty with mobility and sleeping. I was given medications which helped but only for a short while. So i decided to try alternative measures and began on MS HERBAL TREATMENT from Kykuyu Health Clinic, It made a tremendous difference for me (Go to www. kykuyuhealthclinic .com). I had improved walking balance, muscle strength and improved vision
  • I have SPMS but it filled in some gaps in my knowledge but, more importantly, it made me re-assess my and my partner's behaviour to it. I was diagnosed 10 years ago and old attitudes change and need re-aligning with current symptoms.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Absolutely brilliant online course. MS is such an unknown quantity with the symptoms being so different in each person. It was wonderful finally to get a solid knowledge of the disease and the range of symptom management techniques available. It has helped me support my son with a greater understanding of what he is going through. The course is really well designed and scattered throughout the course are interviews with a range of very different people who have MS which helps put it in context as to the lived experience. I thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in learning more about MS.
  • Jody Cypelt

    Jody Cypelt completed this course.

    If you want to know more about MS, look no further! I've learnt more from this course then I've learnt from my neurologist in 3 years, from being diagnosed. The best thing is it hasn't cost me $300 a visit, its all free, only 2 hours a week and well worth it!! Its very informative & you get to hear from experts in their field. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to increase their knowledge and understanding about this terrible disease.
  • Anonymous
    Thank You Menzies Institute of Medical Research. The course was designed excellently and perfectly. I am glad that I could attached to you. I have gained a lot of confidence on managing Multiple sclerosis patients and understanding the disease clearly. I am feeling confident to deal MS.
  • Anonymous
    Wonderful course. All the presenters were excellent. The information was very informative and easy to comprehend. I would highly recommend this course to others.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I recently participated in the pilot version of this course and I learnt so much! The neurologists, researchers and other health professionals presented fascinating content and the stories from people living with MS were ao honest and moving. I feel better prepared to support the people I know living with MS now, and also have greater insight into what they might be experiencing as a result of this disease.
  • Anonymous
    I would request to all but at least MS guys you should definitely go through this .

    More informative and helpful boost your confidence.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I complete a lot of training and particularly like on-line distance learning as l can work the training around my work and other commitments. The Understanding Multiple Sclerosis Course through the University of Tasmania has been the best distance learning...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Thanks to Menzies and Wicking to enrol me to this course, actually I didn't have any idea what multiple sclerosis was, now I came to know the depth of this disease, and how to deal with clients with MS, and to spread word by mouth to people who are suffering with MS, I have gained a lot more knowledge on MS, and if in future if Menzies has other courses on MS it will be very grateful to do the course like Preventing MS.
    Much appreciated and acknowledged.
  • Anonymous
    I really enjoyed doing this MOOC for understanding Multiple Sclerosis, as it allowed me and others the great learning opportunity from home at individual own pace. The course provides good resources and networking around the world. It was good way for connecting the experts and the people experiencing the condition to following the holistic approach.

    The information provided was very easy to understand. The videos were very interacting.

    The graphics were very interesting. The quizzes were not very difficult to answer the questions. The summary provided at the end of the each module was very handy material to refer in future if requred.

  • Anonymous
    I have a beautiful daughter in law who is living with M S.I started and have completed this course with a view to understanding her life as it is now and how it will be for her in the future.I hope it will help me to notice signs in her that things aren't...
  • Anonymous
    I have found the course very informative. My knowledge of MS before hand, had been very lacking. I now know more about the way MS effects different peoples and the new kinds of medications. that have revolutionised the way it is treated. It was great...
  • Anonymous
    I found the course very informative especially about the disease modifying medications now available. I myself have taken these in the past but have not for the past few years. I felt they were not benefiting me. But the last 18 months I have been experiencing constant nerve pain and fatigue so have had to increase my medications to deal with the pain and have support people assisting with housework and gardening now. I intend to trial CBD when available to see if it helps me. I am back to my Neurologist in October so will discuss the newer medications with her then.

    Thank you for running this course. I enjoyed it very much.
  • Catherine Mackenzie
    Before doing this course I knew only a small amount of information about MS, now I am informed and can discuss any issues my child has with the progress of his/her life with MS. I understand more and don't have to bother my child with questions they have to answer over and over and over to everyone they meet. I have already recommended this course to others - my neighbour was my first. Their child and my child went to school together and their child was diagnosed with MS six months before my child - same age and same gender - what are the co-incidences? Thank you for providing this course for free, you are all wonderful.
  • Anonymous
    This course is just excellent. Clear and concise , presented in short easy to absorb sections.

    It has helped me to have a good grasp of the different aspects of MS that affect us. The clever presentation style was very manageable and the short presentations could be stopped and started easily. Perfect for anyone with poor concentration or prone to fatigue.

    Completing this course has helped me to feel confident that I have a good grasp of all the aspects of MS that I require. I think it will help me communicate health care professionals in the future.

    Many thanks to Dr Suzi and your team.

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