Promoting Excellence in MS Nursing

Our History and Foundation

1997: The International Organisation of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN) was established at the Consortium of MS Centres' meeting in Canada.  Kaye Cameron from Australia attended that meeting and became one of the founding IOMSN Board members

1998: MS Nurses Australia (MSNA) is established by Kaye Cameron and Judy Wollin.  Members include RN's caring for people with MS, nurses practising in hospitals, community settings and care facilities around Australia.

1999: MSNA became an official affiliate with IOMSN.  Members of MSNA are recognised as members of IOMSN, acquiring all the benefits of IOMSN membership.2001: Membership grew to 55 and MSNA is registered as an Incorporated Body with Queensland Fair Trading Board

  • Judy Wollin and Kaye Hooper (nee Cameron) co-wrote a one semester unit 'Nursing the person with MS'.  The subject became a course offering at Queensland University of Technology from July 2001
  • Combined meeting of IOMSN and International Federation of MS Societies (IFMSS) held in Melbourne Australia
  • Australian Neuroscience Nurses Association (ANNA) conference is held at Fraser Island.  A paper is presented by MSNA Board officers
  • President - Kaye Hooper, Vice President - Gail Palmer, Secretary - Judy Wollin, Treasurer - Elizabeth Elder

2002: MSNA is publicised as a 'New Network for Australia's MS Nurses' throughout Australian MS Societies

  • IOMSN hold the Inaugural MS Nursing Credentialing Exam
  • President - Kaye Hooper, Secretary - Judy Wollin, Treasurer - Elizabeth Elder

2003: Inaugural MSNA Annual Conference is held in Brisbane Australia

  • Harriet Chan establishes 'Certificate of Multiple Sclerosis Nursing' course offered at Curtain University and WA Department of Health.
  • President - Tim O'Maley, Secretary - Judy Wollin, Treasurer - Elizabeth Elder

2004: Annual Conference held in Melbourne Australia

  • Australian MS Nursing Manual 1st edition launched
  • President - Tim O'Maley, Secretary - Judy Wollin, Treasurer - Elizabeth Elder

2005: Annual Conference held in Sydney Australia - 100 attendees

  • 'Nursing the person with MS' course discontinued at QUT to become an offering at Griffith University
  • President - Sue Shapland, Vice President - Tim O'Maley, Secretary - Lily Blagus,  Treasurer - Elizabeth Elder

2006: Annual Conference held in Perth Australia - 100 attendees

  • Victorian based MS Health Professionals Network (MSHPN) becomes an official affiliate of MSNA
  • New monthly meeting format via teleconference to include Board Officers and State Delegates
  • 'Nursing the person with MS' course is discontinued at Griffith University. Professor Judy Wollin is seconded to Dubai. All course enquires are referred to Harriet Chan at Curtain University and WA Department of Health for the 'Certificate of MS Nursing'
  • President - Sue Shapland, Vice President - Tim O'Maley, Secretary - Lily Blagus, Treasurer - Harriet Chan

2007: Annual Conference held in Dunedin New Zealand

  • President - Sue Shapland, Vice President - Tim O'Maley, Secretary - Lily Blagus, Treasurer - Harriet Chan

2008: Annual Conference held in Glenelg Australia

  • Australian MS Nursing Manual 2nd edition is launched
  • Launch of MSNA Inc website
  • President - Sue Shapland, Vice President - Tim O'Maley, Secretary - Lily Blagus, Treasurer - Harriet Chan

2009: Annual Conference held in Hobart Australia

  • President - Sue Shapland,  Secretary - Harriet Chan, Treasurer - Helen McCarl

2010: Annual Conference held in Canberra Australia

  • President -Sue Shapland, Vice President- Kaye Hooper, Secretary- Sharon Barlow, Treasurer- Helen McCarl

2011: Annual Conference held at the Gold Coast Australia

  • Inaugral MS Nurse of the Year awarded to Therese Burke
  • President - Sue Shapland, VIce President - Kaye Hooper, Secretary - Sharon Barlow, Treasurer -Helen McCarl

2012: Annual Conference held in Sydney Australia

  • MS Nurse of the Year awarded to Louise Hatter
  • President - Therese Burke, Vice President -Sharon Barlow, Secretary -Helen McCarl, Treasurer -Michael Mortensen

2013: Annual Conference held in Perth Australia

  • MS Nurse of the year awarded to Sharon Barlow
  • President: Therese Burke, Vice President: Sharon Barlow, Secretary: Helen McCarl, Treasurer: Michael Mortensen

2014: Annual Conference held in Melbourne Australia

  • Outstanding contribution to MS Nursing awarded to Jodi Haartsen
  • President: Therese Burke, Vice President: Susan Agland, Secretary: Helen McCarl, Treasurer: Michael Mortensen

2015: Annual Conference held in Wellington New Zealand

  • Outstanding contribution to MS Nursing awarded to Denise Menzies
  • President: Susan Agland, Vice President: Sharon Stevenson-Hall, Secretary: Lou Hatter, Treasurer: Michael Mortensen

2016: Annual Conference held in Glenelg South Australia

  • Outstanding contribution to MS Nursing awarded to Imogen Milner
  • President: Susan Agland, Vice President: Sharon Stevenson-Hall, Secretary: Lou Hatter, Treasurer: Michael Mortensen

2017: Annual Conference held in Hobart Tasmania

  • Outstanding contribution to MS Nursing awarded to Tim O’Maley
  • Louise Kurczycki Trophy awarded to Imogen Miliner
  • President: Belinda Bardsley, Vice President: Susan Agland, Secretary: Lou Hatter, Treasurer: Melanie McMurtrie

2017 MSNA Inc Conference
Hobart, Tasmania
1-2 September 2017 » More

MS Nurses Australasia Inc is an official affiliate of the International Organisation of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN) ABN: 921 688 53065