Being employed with multiple sclerosis can be incredibly tough, and it’s not uncommon for people with the illness to not see the light at the end of the tunnel. There are, thankfully, quite a few ways to better manage the difficult times with a variety of support systems and strategies that exist in Australia. Although these systems are in place to provide support to people with MS in a comprehensive assortment of ways, employment – both for people currently working and those looking for employment – is one of the most significant means of support. There are many other forms of support and available strategies though – in this blog, we detail how employment support networks for MS work.
Support for employment
MS and employment are not the best match, but being supported by people who understand can help a great deal, so whether you’re a job seeker or are already employed, there are thankfully support systems in place to assist you. MS.org.au provides employment support consultants who are trained to confidently provide specialist advice in relation to your specific field of employment. Support workers have a very good understanding of the complex – and invisible – symptoms multiple sclerosis sufferers experience, such as fatigue, cognition, numbness and heat intolerance. This understanding allows for people experiencing difficulty to be provided with strategies to manage problematic symptoms so that they can stay employed. Don’t think your job doesn’t qualify either — MS.org.au have experience working with people in childcare, executive directors, delivery drivers, teachers, nurses, accountants, research scientists, retail assistants and sales reps. There is also support to help people help people with MS to find out more about TDP, superannuation and other very important legal rights, in addition other services and supports, like our NDIS team or MS Peer Support groups.
Technologies and strategies to help with MS
There are numerous strategies in place that allow people with MS to better manage their illness. These include having access to equipment to make work easier, financial assistance to access needed services, treatment or therapies, as well as a variety of streamlined processes designed to help you think more clearly. What someone with MS actually needs can sometimes be unclear, which is why having access to teams of skilled allied health and employment consultants is so beneficial. These highly experienced professionals often meet with people with multiple sclerosis one-on-one to ensure all concerns and needs are properly addressed. With personal circumstances in mind, it is then possible to find and implement strategies to better manage MS symptoms, discover and utilise technology or equipment to enable more effective function in the workplace, or even something as simple as assistance in writing a resume or job interview practice.
The importance of MS support systems
Thankfully, there are now several Australian organisations that really understand multiple sclerosis and the people that have to endure it, and it is this understanding has helped them offer the invaluable advice necessary for people with the illness to live the best life possible. Furthermore, these strategies are designed to empower, rather than existing as flimsy supports that are designed for people to leach off of. At the end of the day, these support networks are successful as they see in MS what others simply cannot.