With more than 23,000 Australians living with MS, 87% of these people are of working age and may already be in the workplace at the time of receiving their diagnosis. Being the unpredictable condition that MS is, there can be a number of questions regarding employment and workplace as a result of your MS diagnosis.
Employment is directly linked to a higher quality of life for people living with MS which is why early intervention through information and support is instrumental in assisting people to remain employed.
There are certain factors that directly affect job retention, some of these include:
- how MS affects you and your capacity to meet the core duties of the position for which you are employed;
- effective management of MS symptoms;
- disclosure of MS to the employer;
- a positive workplace environment and relationship between employee and employer;
- the employer being informed about MS (including the impact of invisible symptoms like fatigue) and sensitivity to the employee’s needs;
- employee knowledge of employment rights (Disability Discrimination Act, Equal opportunity legislation);
- workplace modification, job modification and/or flexibility; and
- thoughtful career planning.
To help you make informed decisions about employment, we've provided answers to some of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) that we receive. If you have any further questions about employment and MS please call our InfoLine on 1800 177 591 or email firstname.lastname@example.org