If you are an Australian health professional, disability or aged care service provider caring for someone with motor neurone disease (MND), we can provide evidence-based information to enable you to provide and promote optimal care outcomes for people living with MND.
MND Queensland also provides online or face-to-face information sessions designed especially for healthcare professionals and service providers who work with people with MND. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07 3372 9004.
Please check our national conference page regularly for up to date news on conferences for Health Professionals and Service Providers.
MND Connect is the pre-eminent website for Australian health and community care professionals involved in MND care and support. The MND Connect website, managed by MND Australia, is carefully researched and reviewed, so you can feel confident that the information is up-to-date and reliable.
No matter where you work, MND Connect will help you to:
- Assess the needs of the person with MND and their carer
- Get evidence based and best practice MND information
- Make referrals to the right provider at the right time
- Provide a coordinated, multidisciplinary team approach to MND care.
- Referral pathways
MND Aware Training
The MND Aware training program is a series of self-paced, online training modules developed by MND NSW. The modules provide health and community care professionals with a basic understanding of motor neurone disease (MND) and the impact of MND on an individual’s life.
MND Aware Training
Diagnostic Tool - Could this be MND?
GPs can now access a 'red flags' diagnostic tool Painless, progressive weakness – Could this be motor neurone disease?
The tool outlines MND signs and symptoms including bulbar and limb features, respiratory and cognitive features as well as supporting factors that point towards a diagnosis of MND.
GPs and other health professionals can download the red flags diagnostic tool from the MND Connect Website.
MND Care Website
The Motor Neurone Disease diagnostic tool has been officially recognised as an Accepted Clinical Resource by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
MND Diagnostic Tool for GPs
Australian Doctor Special Feature: How to Treat Motor Neurone Disease
From April 2016, health professionals can access an 8-page Australian Doctor article – How to Treat Motor Neurone Disease.
Written by Dr William Huynh and Professor Matthew Kiernan, the comprehensive special feature includes motor neurone disease case studies, signs, symptoms and 'red flags' for MND.
Essential reading for all health professionals, the article is available online at Australian Doctor.
Visit the Australian Doctor website and scroll down to the Education/How to Treat section.
To access onine content health professionals must register with Australian Doctor using their AHPRA number. Subscription is free.
Australian Doctor Website
Other Information Resources
If you are new to caring for someone with MND, start by reading Some Facts about MND, More Facts about MND and the Living Better for Longer evidence based Fact Sheet series. These publications answer the most commonly asked questions about MND and also cover management of symptoms and how to access services. You may also like to download the information for your client or suggest they contact their State MND Association for paper copies.
Aspects of care for the primary health care team is a detailed clinical guide for GPs and the primary healthcare team who are supporting people living with MND and their families. Paper copies are available from your State MND Association. This booklet complements the MND Connect website and provides an evidence-based approach to care.
International Symposium on ALS/MND
The International Symposium on ALS/MND, organised by the MND Association of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, is the largest medical and scientific conference on ALS/MND. It brings together leading international researchers, ALS/MND organisations and health and social care professionals to present and debate key innovations in their respective fields.
The Symposium is planned as two parallel meetings, one on biomedical science and the other on research and advances in the care and management of people affected by ALS/MND. Joint sessions consider issues of mutual concern, challenging current views and practice.
International Symposium Website
Allied Professionals Forum
On the day prior to the International Symposium on ALS/MND each year the International Alliance holds the Allied Professionals Forum (APF). The APF functions as an educational and training forum for healthcare professionals who work with ALS/MND. This forum offers health care providers from around the world an opportunity to share ideas on good practice in the daily management of people with ALS/MND.