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University of Tasmania

Understanding Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

University of Tasmania via Independent

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'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


4.9 rating, based on 876 Class Central reviews

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  • I am a Recreation Therapist working in healthcare. While I have, and have had, clients with MS, I did not know much about it beyond the visible symptoms. I learned so much throughout this course and I now feel better equipped to support clients with MS. Everyone impacted by or supporting anyone living with MS should take this course. Thank you so much for offering it!
  • Pat Bowden 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.

    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...
  • Anonymous
    This course is not to be missed by anyone living with MS or anyone in the support network of an MS patient. The information in this course is very informative, concise and well presented. The University of Tasmania have done a great job putting this course together it will defiantly help those associated with MS to gain a better understanding of what could only be described as an extremely difficult to understand, confusing disease.
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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
    Taking this course is free and you can find a lot of information, how to deal with people living with MS. Before taking understanding Multiple Sclerosis (MS) I have no Idea what its all about? how important it is? I just found out all the information...
  • Claudia Caldwell
    This is the second time that I have undertaken this course. It was offered last year at almost the same time (14/09/2020 - 26/10/2020). I was waiting to enrol again as I had enjoyed the content of the MS course so much. Having worked in Aged Care for...
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    Linda Elson
    I have just been diagnosed with Progressive MS after having it silent for 15 years. Given that there is limited medication I can take to stop the progress of this disease I decided to learn as much as I can in regard to it. I have found this course...
  • Anonymous
    I am Anushree gurav a physical therapist from India
    I would highly recommend this course to everyone even a person with multiple sclerosis and family members of person with ms to opt this course
    It covers every aspect of the course from understanding ms to difficulty faced till management for the same .
    It enlightens the knowledge about ms in a very sorted way
    The video materials are quite attention capturing and text version too
    The quizzes are interesting to solve
    Highly recommend this course
    Thank you
  • Anonymous
    Thank you for this course on MS . It was very helpful and gave me better understanding. I certainly will encourage others to do this course. To any one doing this course it is worth while doing. The biology at beginning is a bit difficult for some, but...
  • 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
    I have been researching and studying my PPMS for years and was pleasantly surprised to find new, more in-depth information on all aspects of the disease, directed specifically to those with MS and those with a caring role or general interest. I felt recognised and welcomed into the MS research field and greatly appreciated the professional production of the course. It is delivered in user-friendly, MS-manageable chunks which can be completed at your own rate.
  • Anonymous
    Thank you very much to all involved in the preparation and delivery of the Understanding MS online course.

    I found this to be a very informative and supportive course.

    It is not only a source of information and support but it also puts you in contact with many resources and individuals who are helpful, kind and understanding of the MS condition.

    The course itself was very well put together, easy to follow and fun to complete.

    Thank you again. :)
  • Anonymous
    Thank you for allowing me to learn more about MS. I know have a better understanding of MS and an insight into communicating with my clients on a daily basis about how they are feeling, encouraging them to focus on the positives but allowing them to talk when having a low day. Understanding that MS clients deal with fatigue on a daily basis, taking into consideration daily activities planned may or may not be suitable on that given day.
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    Santa Le Quesne
    Although I am a physiotherapy student, and learnt additional information on this course, I would have loved to learn more into detail about mechanism of MS. For example , can MS affect not only CNS but also Peripheral Nervous System? For pain to be felt the pain signal has to reach CNS, but how can this happen if myelin sheet that transmits signal is destroyed?

    Over all I enjoyed the course. It was well structured and clearly communicated. I like the aspect that a MS patient was looked at from all aspects of living with MS.

    Thank you for sharing it with me!
    I wish you all to have a good health!
  • 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.
  • Anonymous
    This course is really informative, especially for people who didn't know a single thing about MS such as me. It teaches the fundamentals of the pathology of multiple sclerosis, how to analyse research in the field and the ways to care for people with multiple sclerosis. It includes several eye-opening videos on the perspectives of people living with multiple sclerosis which show you how the condition affects different people.

    I highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to know more or reinforce their knowledge of multiple sclerosis.
  • 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.

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