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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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  • 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....
  • 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

    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

    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.
  • 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.

    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

    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...
  • 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.

    Suitable for a global audience; this is a simple and easy to complete course with many great videos covering all of the topics. This is a great way of understanding the basics in this very complex disease and is suitable for MS patients and anyone else who is interested; such as loved ones. It really helps provide a concise explanation of the many things that are so difficult to convey to those who are not experiencing this disease directly. No knowledge is needed as this course will tell you all that you need to know. Highly recommended.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    As the father of a daughter of 51 who has had MS for a long time I am very glad to have completed this course. With the knowledge from the course I will be able to have conversations with her anytime she is ready for a chat. Also the rest of the family whom already love and support her can ask me questions.
    My girl works from home doing a responsible job for a large Insurance Company. She has a husband, two daughters that are now teachers. Has the most wonderful sense of humor and great brain and can and will help anyone who needs it. She never complains even on bad days. Maybe others will take hope from this. The course is very well presented, clear and easy to follow.
    Thank you to all involved
  • Aneke Vitalis Ikenna

    Aneke Vitalis Ikenna completed this course.

    I really enjoyed my self this course afforded me the opportunity to learn more about the disease called multiple sclerosis.I was impressed from the beginning of the course to the end of the course.The organisation of the whole six modules is very wonderful.iIalso enjoyed the videos that accompanied the course.They were quite engaging and of very clear quality. The inclusion of experts to further understand the topic is a plus for the team. I also like the way the MS sufferers share their experience living with the disease.
  • 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

    Anonymous completed this course.

    An excellent general introduction to understanding Multiple Sclerosis (MS), presented at 'layperson' level, including many discussion posts and commentary from participants who actually have personal experiences and desire to talk about that. Course material, text, and video presentations clear and understandable, with the online navigation well within the reach of the casual user of computer technology.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It was easy to follow and the professionals explain things in a language I could understand. Hearing from people with different stages of MS was positive and also knowing that there is help in the community to make life better for patients with MS.
    I thank you for this opportunity to participate to be part of the MS community online.
  • Sue Moore

    Sue Moore completed this course.

    This course has really helped my understanding of ms. I have PPMS and any information of any description is welcome. The section on disease modifying treatment and stem cell was very informative. Thank you to all involved for taking the time to promote ms, I really appreciate it. Thank you for this wonderful informative course, I would recommend it to anyone.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    firstly thank you to Tasmania university for providing this free online course with neat, clear expertise personalities with very good content and clear matter i was learned a lot and shared to many of my friends medical and paramedical friends to have a look on this course. I was really satisfied with this course this is my 2nd online course with this university without paying single rupee thanks a lot
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    As a nurse I found the content interesting and informative as MS is something I have encountered during my career of many years. For someone going to be dealing with MS as a carer or someone diagnosed with MS I think it could help improve there journey. As a nurse it gave me greater understanding of the disease and the amazing advances that have been made in understanding and managing MS.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Interesting course which gave me more insight to MS.

    To be more mindful,caring and more aware of how the person is feeling, help find solutions to make the days more bearable, maybe even find more services to help the person.

    Helped me understand how my client/s feel on a daily basis, and the ability to pass the knowledge on to others and to recommend doing the course.

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