MS Queensland Wellbeing Centre Maroochydore Opening
Thank you for having me today at this new MS Queensland Wellbeing Centre.
More than 10 Australians are diagnosed with MS every week and nearly 4,000 Queenslanders and 23,000 Australians are living with MS, with a 4% increase in the number of people diagnosed each year.
With no known cause or cure and symptoms varying significantly, MS is often an invisible disease, and it’s vitally important that we raise awareness and funds to best assist those who are affected.
MS Queensland has been supporting people living with MS for more than 60 years and the services they provide are life-changing to those who have been diagnosed.
With limited funding for their extensive work, MS Queensland rely heavily on dedicated individuals to get involved and help raise much-needed funds.
Such dedication often culminates in the achievement of a project like the Wellbeing Centre we are gathered in today.
MS Queensland has opened Wellbeing Centres in other areas across Queensland and they’re making a real difference to the lives of locals who can now access services like physiotherapy, service coordination and employment support all in the one location.
The Sunshine Coast has had a need for its own Wellbeing Centre for some time, and now that it is operational, those living with neurological conditions like MS will no longer have to travel to Brisbane to access MS Queensland’s supportive services.
The centre is staffed by neuro-physiotherapists with experience treating those with progressive neurological diseases, and also features service coordination through Spark NeuroCare, employment support and education.
As a Council servicing a region expected to see its population expand to beyond 500,000 people within the next 20-years it is vital that we ensure our communities meet the needs of all of our residents, with a focus on inclusivity and diversity.
The number of residents in our region who require assistance in their day-to-day life is increasing and it is important that we as a Council, and as a wider community, encourage and support advocacy groups, such as MS Queensland, and work with them to ensure their clients have access to the places and services they require.
Council’s Draft Community Strategy, released this year, establishes the priorities and aspirations of our community through to 2041 to ensure our plans and goals reflect the values and lifestyles that define us and help to build connections between people for a collective optimistic outlook on life.
MS Queensland’s mantra is to ensure that no Queenslander faces MS alone – a noble mission statement that this dedicated support network work hard every day to uphold.
In the Sunshine Coast region, with the help of this team and this new facility, we too can join your plight.
It is a pleasure to be with you today to officially open the Sunshine Coast MS Queensland Wellbeing Centre.
Thank you for your time.