Services we provide

Services we provide

Every person's journey with MS is different. At MSSANT, we take your individual circumstances into account, and tailor our advice and information to suit your needs.

MS Assist

MS Assist is a dedicated telephone information service that will provide people with MS, their families, carers, other professionals and the general public access to a wide range of information relating to community, private and government services that can assist you.

We recognise that not everyone has access to the internet and sometimes you might have a quick question or need a bit of advice as to where to go for a particular issue. Well, this is where our information service can help! If we can’t give you the information you need straight away, we will research it and get back to you within 24 hours. You do not need to be a Client of the Society to access this service – it is free and available to everyone.

MS Assist can help you with information such as:

  • Transport options in your area
  • Centrelink processes and forms
  • Local Council and State Government services in your area
  • MS Society services
  • Continence support services
  • Research updates
  • List of Neurologists in SA
  • And much, much more

Our free call MS Assist number is 1800 812 311.

Please Note: Calls to 1800 numbers from a landline are free, however some Mobile Phone Services may charge for these calls so check with your provider first.

The telephone information service will operate during business hours Monday to Friday, excluding Public Holidays. Callers may leave a message outside these times and our operators will return their call on the next business day.

Email queries may also be directed to msassist@ms.asn.au

Peer Support

Evidence clearly shows the benefits of peer support programs and our Clients and people living with MS have found them to be friendly, supportive, informative and practical.

What is a Peer Support Group?

A peer support group is a gathering of people with MS. The purpose of the group is to provide support to each other and to share information by:

  • Learning more about MS
  • Sharing feelings and experiences
  • Obtaining accurate information
  • Providing an opportunity to talk through problems or choices being faced
  • Listening to others who share similar feelings and experiences
  • Helping others through the sharing of ideas and information
  • Knowing they are not alone

Peer Support Groups meet in the following areas.

Family members and carers are welcome.

If there have been any changes to your support group that we’re not aware of, please contact MSSANT to advise us of any updates.

Region

When

Contact

Adelaide Hills – Mount Barker

3rd Monday of each month

6.30pm – Tauchendarroch Tavern, Mount Barker

David

0410 451 301

Barossa

3rd Thursday of each month

11am – Tanunda/Nuriootpa


Penny

0488 952 211

Broken Hill

Sundays, bi-monthly

11am – Gloria Jean’s Coffee, Bromide St

MS Assist

1800 812 311

City based for workers

2nd weekend of every month

Various city locations

Jess

0403 155 696

Clovelly Park

4th Friday of each month

12pm – Tonsley Hotel

Christine Sutherland

(08) 8276 3779

Copper Triangle

1st Wednesday of each month

11am – Various venues

Allan

0498 386 949 or

Peter

(08) 8821 1807

Darwin

1st Sunday of every month

12pm

Sarah

0439 885 604

Fleurieu

Random Tuesdays

12:30pm – Rotated around Fleurieu eateries

Jill

0428 843 327

Gawler

2nd Monday of each month

10am – Gawler Women’s Health Centre

Helen Hoppmann

0403 295 348

Gawler evening group

Various venues

Helen

0403 295 348

Hard Yakkas (Salisbury)

Last Thursday of each month

12pm – Sabine's Cafe & Bakehouse, Parabanks shopping centre

Tallia Coulter

0403 766 157

Kapunda

2nd Thursday of each month

6.30pm – Various venues

Pauline

0427 010 754

Kensington

3rd Monday of each month

(Overcoming MS group) 7pm – Various venues in Norwood area

Pam Schartner

(08) 8331 9360

Modbury

Last Tuesday of each month

10am – Independent Living Centre, Gilles Plains

Gary Griffiths

(08) 8263 7760

Mount Gambier

1st Friday of each month

12pm – The Western Tavern, Mount Gambier

Len Stidwill

0403 218 971

Noarlunga

1st & 3rd Thursday of each month

12.30pm – Various lunch venues and Lifecare, Old Reynella

Jude Brown

(08) 8322 5441

Port Lincoln

2nd Tuesday of each month

4.30pm – Various venues

Rick Cunningham

0429 977 082

Port Pirie

2nd Wednesday of each month

12pm – Port Pirie Football Club, Port Pirie

Anne

0448 321 610

Riverland

1st Tuesday of each month

10am – The Big River Golf Club, Berri, and other venues

Crystal

0418 690 013

South East Support Group

3rd Thursday of each month

10.30am – Lutheran Chuch Hall, Narcoorte

Kay Cavill

0407 615 118

Tailem Bend

Wednesdays, mid-monthly

Various venues

Sue Griffiths

(08) 8572 3914

Under 35s (and a bit older)

Various weeknights, monthly

6.30 pm – Various venues, north of the city

Mary-Anne

7002 6500

Western Suburbs

Last Tuesday of each month

10am – Plank Kitchen & Bar, Glenelg North

Enza

0433 972 312

Singing Group

Even if you can only sing in the shower, here is an opportunity to develop your vocal skills while enjoying some great company. Deborah Munro, the Music director of Illumnia Voices and previous Artistic Director of the award winning Young Adelaide Voices, will lead a session of signing, fun and friendship.

This group is for people living with MS and their carers, and is open to both men and women. Time and location are yet to be decided.

Please call MS Assist on 1800 812 311 or email msassist@ms.asn.au to express your interest in this group and let us know your preferred meeting time and location.

Tai Chi classes in the mid-north

A Tai Chi instructor, with 20 years of teaching experience, is running classes for people with MS living in mid-north SA. Classes are held during school terms and activities can be performed seated of standing. The cost will be a gold coin donation.

Classes are held by:

  • Clare on Monday afternoons at 4.30pm at St Joseph's School Hall
  • Kapunda on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm at Uniting Church Hall

Please call MS Assist on 1800 812 311 or email msassist@ms.asn.au if you would like more information.

New MS Tai Chi class - Salisbury East

The first class will be a Come’n Try session on Friday March 17.

The class will be for 1 hour, followed by a cuppa and a biscuit. The instructor is Meg Hutton, who has been teaching Tai Chi for over 10 years, specialising in ‘Tai Chi for rehabilitation’ for people with chronic health conditions. Tai chi helps with mobility, flexibility, balance and relaxation, and it is something the whole family can enjoy. Please come along and feel very welcome to bring a friend or family with you. It is hoped that there will be enough interest to continue the class on the Fridays of school terms.

When: Friday 17 March
When: 9.00am for a 9.15am start
Where: Salisbury East Community Centre, 28 Smith Road, Salisbury East.
RSVP: to MS Assist on 1800 812 311 or msassist@ms.asn.au by March 10.

Gardening Group

We have the opportunity to start a Gardening Group in the Aldinga area, probably in the morning; we are looking for people interested in joining this group. Please call MS Assist if this is something you would like to do, and tell us if you have preferred days of the week.

MS Assist 1800 812 311 or msassist@ms.asn.au

Overcoming MS Peer Support Group

If you are in the Overcoming MS (OMS) program, or would like to learn more about it, you are invited to join a Peer Support Group with a special interest in OMS. Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month, 7:00 pm at Pembroke College. Please contact group leader Pam Schartner on (08) 8331 9360 or email pschartn@iinet.net.au

We are also seeking interest in:

  • Support groups in Whyalla
  • A group in the western suburbs of Adelaide
  • Support groups for family and friends of those with MS. NB: there is now an online group called MySociety - Family and Friends

Please contact Mary-Anne Edge on 1800 812 311 or email medge@ms.asn.au if you would like to join one of these groups.

Facebook Online Support Group - MySociety

This is an online Facebook group for people living with MS in SA & NT. This is a private place to chat, only people in the group will be able to read posts. It is a closed forum, only accessible to members from South Australia and the Northern Territory. To protect the confidentiality of MySociety members, the group has been set up as a private group.

To express interest in joining this Facebook group, please email msassist@ms.asn.au

Facebook Support Group - MySociety - Family and Friends

A Facebook group for family, friends and carers of people living with MS. This is a private place to chat, share information and connect with others who are supporting someone with MS. IT has been created, and is administered by the MS Society of SA & NT. As it is set up as a private group, only people in the group will be able to read posts.

Request membership here.

Services we provide