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Vale David Sullivan

I am sorry to advise that David Sullivan longtime committee member and past president of PwMS Vic Inc, and one of the longest serving MS Ambassadors, died peacefully in his sleep on Friday 13th January after an extended battle with cancer. David put a great deal of effort into the cause of people with MS and people with chronic disabilities. In addition to his work for  MS David was also a long term member of the executive committee of Australians for Disability and Diversity Employment. David was a truly gentle man and a close personal friend. He had lived with MS for nearly 30 years. He will be remembered as someone who put aside his own trials to focus on working for people with MS.
Nigel Caswell - President PwMS(Vic) Inc.


Some History on PwMS-V

From records which have come to hand, it was the International Year of the Disabled 1984 and towards the end of the year, The MS Society of Victoria invited people with Multiple Sclerosis, MSSV Staff and others interested at a gathering at what was then known as Noah’s Hotel in the City. The intention was that a Representative Body be formed to publicise the disease of Multiple Sclerosis, management strategies and provide an advocacy role if and when it was required.

This Body was the first of its kind in Australia, was known as the Victorian State Council of People with Multiple Sclerosis, with a management committee of then four individual, two male and two female. The chairman was Rob Fisher; Eve Murphy was secretary, Bruce Graham and Sally Irwin who was on only for a short time due to a move to Queensland, then followed by Beverley Frith as Sally’s replacement.

The first Committee organized a conference for People with Multiple Sclerosis at the Yarra Valley Country Club, which had a good attendance. They had speakers attend from the Department of Human Services and from Employer organizations. A man by the name of Peter was also nominated by the committee for an award for his work with disabled people in the Ballarat Area. In 1986 the International Conference of Multiple Sclerosis Societies was held in Sydney with each State being represented; four Committee members Robert Fisher, Bruce Graham, Beverley Frith and Eve Murphy all attended however at the end of 1986 Robert Fisher and Eve Murphy resigned.

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