What is Motor Neurone Disease?
Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is the name given to a group of diseases in which the nerve cells (neurones) controlling the muscles that enable us to move around, speak, breathe and swallow fail to work normally.
With no nerves to activate them, muscles gradually weaken and waste. The patterns of weakness vary from person to person.
- MND is a progressive, terminal neurological disease
- There is no known cure and no effective treatment for MND
- Each day in Australia two people die from MND
- Each day in Australia two people are diagnosed with MND
- People with MND progressively lose the use
of their limbs and ability to speak, swallow and breathe, whilst their mind and senses usually remain intact
- Average life expectancy is 27 months
- An estimated 1,900
people have MND in Australia
- For every person diagnosed with MND it is estimated that a further 14 members of their family and their friends will live with the effect of MND forever
There is currently NO Cure for MND!
MND Association's National Vision – A world free from MND.
MND WA Mission
To be the specialist organisation in Western Australia to encourage and enhance participation in normal life activities of people living with MND, recognising the need for
quality of life and personal dignity, raising awareness, as well as supporting and advocating research relating to MND.