What is MND?

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, speak, breathe and swallow undergo degeneration and die.

What is MND videoMotor function is controlled by the upper motor neurones in the brain that descend to the spinal cord; these neurones activate lower motor neurones.  The lower motor neurones exit the spinal cord and directly activate muscles.  With no nerves to activate them, muscles gradually weaken and waste. MND can affect a person’s ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe.
Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in many parts of the world, and also as Lou Gehrig's disease in the USA.

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What remains unaffected by MND?

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Jackie Chugg at Coral Bay Western Australia

Jackie was 25 years old when she was diagnosed with MND. She tells her story about living a positive life.

Amy Critchley and her mother Lorraine

A daughter describes how her world was turned upside down the day her Mum’s MND diagnosis was confirmed. 

Facts and figures about MND in Australia

Each day in Austraila two people are diagnosed with MND. Average life expectancy in 2.5 years. Read more MND facts