Educational Events 2018

Educational Events 2018

Educational Events 2018

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of SA and NT strives to promote social inclusion, community participation, health and wellness education, friendship, and fun for people with MS with a number of ‘come and try’ activities, and information and education sessions on offer throughout the year.

Whether you are newly diagnosed and looking for information about the supports available to you, or looking for ways to live well with your MS, we have a range of education sessions available to you. The MS Society has also been fortunate to receive funding from Grants SA to provide some special 'come and try' experiences for our members. Costs to participate are subsidised by the grant.

The 2018 program details are updated regularly, so please check back often. Registration is essential. Confirmation letters are provided 1-2 weeks before each seminar or workshop. If you do not receive a confirmation for a session you plan to attend, please notify MS Assist on 1800 812 311 or email Please ensure you check details when registering.

Come 'n' Try Drawing Classes

Join us for the follow up of the ever popular MS Come 'n' Try Drawing classes as our resident artist Kirsty takes you through eight fun and educational drawing workshops to get your creative juices flowing.

When: Thursdays 12, 19 & 26 April and 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 May, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Where: MS Society head office, 341 North East Road, Hillcrest
Cost: $10 per week to help cover the cost of tuition and materials
RSVP by: Friday 6 April

Classes will be led by accomplished practicing artist and Life Drawing Teacher Kirsty Martinsen. Kirsty is a painter with a Bachelors Degree in Visual Art from UniSA. She also has a Diploma of Painting and Drawing from the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, where she studied on a scholarship from Arts SA (2000-2003).

Participants are encouraged to attend all eight lessons to fully develop their artistic skills.

To book your place, contact MS Assist on 1800 812 311 or

MS Mindfulness Courses

Please join us for our upcoming MS Mindfulness sessions to learn the ongoing benefits of mindfulness when managing modern living and chronic health conditions.

When: Thursday 17, 24 & 31 May, and 7 June, 4:15 - 6:15pm
Where: Mitcham Cultural Village hall, 103C Princes Road, Mitcham
Cost: Free to people with MS and their family/carer
RSVP by: Monday 7 May

OR Alternate Cumberland Park location
Saturday 26 May, 10am - 4pm
Where: Cumberland Park Community Centre, 388 - 390 Goodwood Road, Cumberland Park
RSVP by: Monday 14 May

Community Development Grants from the Mitcham Council will allow MS Mindfulness courses to be offered either as a Saturday workshop or over a 4 week period, at times we hope fit in with your everyday activities.

Mindfulness brings a kind and gentle attitude toward oneself and others. These workshops aim to help people manage stress, anxiety and pain; to reduce the impact of MS symptoms/disability; and to improve relationships with others.

Bookings are essential. Contact MS Assist on 1800 812 311 or

World MS Day in Adelaide

When: Wednesday 30 May, 11am - 2:30pm
Where: Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Star Room, 98 Port Rd, Hindmarsh
RSVP by: Tuesday 15 May

Help us celebrate the theme of Research, with a focus on wellness. Come along and listen to key MS researchers speak about research into exercise, diet and brain health.

Sally Shaw, Psychologist (with a focus on MS) will discuss A practical approach to living well with MS: with a focus on the MSIF Quality of Life Principles. Followed by a closing discussion of Where to from here? A few strategies to consider.

Ingrid van der Mei, Managing Director of the Australian MS Longitudinal Study at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research will discuss Evidence on modifiable lifestyle factors, comorbidities and employment.

For all the event details click HERE.

NDIS Planning for your Review Information Sessions

Please join us for our latest NDIS information sessions with a focus on preparing for your first plan review meeting.

When: Wednesday 6 June, 11am - 1pm or 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: Burton Community Centre, 386 Waterloo Corner Road, Burton
Cost: Free to people with MS and their family/carer

Come along and receive information and advice from MS staff about how to best prepare for your review meeting, and learn from the shared experiences of other NDIS users.

These information sessions are directed at those already on an NDIS plan; however, those not yet receiving NDIS funded support are also welcome to attend.

Bookings are essential. Contact MS Assist on 1800 812 311 or When booking please ensure you advise which session you are planning to attend.

Staying Steady - Balance and Mobility for Falls Prevention

Please join us for our next six week Balance and Mobility for Falls Prevention courses and learn exercises and strategies aimed at improving your balance and mobility to reduce the risk of falling.

Aldinga Beach course:
Wednesdays June 6 - July 11, 10:30am - 12:30pm or 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Where: Life Care Active Community Hall, Aldinga Beach Court, 6 Pridham Blvd, Aldinga Beach
Cost: $10 per person, per class
*Please indicate your preference for a morning or afternoon session

Angle Park course:
When: Thursdays 7 June - 12 July, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Where: Neuromoves, The Parks Recreation and Sports Centre, 46 Cowan Street, Angle Park
Cost: $10 per person, per class

Classes will be led by Professor Sheila Lennon, a neuro physiotherapist from Flinders University, with over 38 years of clinical experience, education and research. Participants will need to be able to stand for 30 seconds and walk independently in a room, with or without a walking aid, to benefit from these exercises.

These small group classes (of no more than eight people) will span over a six week period with one two-hour class per week - participants are encouraged to attend all six sessions to experience the full benefits. Classes will include one hour of exercise, plus an education session on falls, balance and mobility with peer group discussion. All participants will receive an exercise workbook, which will include an individually tailored program to practice at home.

Contact MS Assist on 1800 812 311 to register your interest, or find out more.

More courses are scheduled for September and November, so watch this space!

Looking to get more involved in the MS Society?

We have a number of events, information sessions and activities in the works; all that's missing is you! If you think you would be interested in a gardening group, a tai chi class or a singing group, please contact our Community Engagement Coordinator Mary-Anne at to express your interest or to find out more.