A JCU researcher is examining how people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can have a more active lifestyle – and she wants to talk to North Queenslanders about their experiences.
James Cook University physiotherapy lecturer Moira Smith is investigating how those with Multiple Sclerosis participate in physical activity and sport. She would like to hear from people with early stage MS so she can develop an exercise program that promotes high-level mobility.
“We need to know what is important to people with MS and what currently works for them. We would also like to know how living in northern Queensland has an impact on their ability to live an active lifestyle. What are the barriers? How can we assist?” said Ms Smith.
MS is a condition that interferes with nerve impulses inside the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. It is often progressive, resulting in increasing levels of disability.
More than 23,000 Australians have been diagnosed with the disease.
Ms Smith plans to run focus groups in February to talk to people with early stage Multiple Sclerosis about their experiences.
Focus groups are planned for Townsville and Cairns with an additional online focus group for people in rural or remote locations. Each focus group will take about one hour and will be confidential.
If you would like to be involved, please contact Moira Smith on 07 4781 6003 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Link to images of Ms Smith and survey flyer here.