A Curtin University led trial calls on those with MS to taste test new nutritional program

5/04/2022. By Carmelle Wilkinson.

Michelle Evans is one of more than 25,000 Australians living with MS.

Four years ago, Michelle Evans was at a Christmas wind-up when the joints in her legs unexpectedly seized up, causing her to fall to the ground.

“We were at a cricket club in Leederville, having a great time, and no I hadn’t been drinking,’’ she joked.

“I remember walking past a chair and clipping it ever so lightly, which ordinarily would not cause you to lose balance and tumble over.

“Two days later, on Christmas Eve I checked myself into hospital with the most excruciating joint pain.

“A few tests and an MRI later, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.”

Now 48, the mum of two is sharing her experience of living with a chronic neurological disease.

Diagnosed at 44, she said the greatest frustration was not being able to do the things that came naturally to her.

Michelle said her diagnosis had forced her to retire early.

“Walking with friends, going to the gym and even sitting for long periods of time is a no go,’’ she said.

“I had to retire from my office job a couple years ago because I couldn’t sit a full day at a desk.”

Michelle is one of more than 25,000 people in Australia living with MS.

With no current cure, MS is one of the most common causes of neurological disability in young adults worldwide, affecting at least 2.3 million people globally.

It attacks the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves), which results in nerve damage, and disrupts signals between the brain and body.

Symptoms can include vision loss, pain, fatigue and impaired coordination, with severity and symptoms varying greatly between individuals.

While some people could remain symptom free for most of their lives, others aren’t as fortunate.

MS symptoms.

Despite her diagnosis, Michelle counts herself lucky.

“It could be much worse,’’ she said.

“While I need a walker to help with balance and strength, I can still get around. I just need to plan my outings more carefully and take note of how close things are like toilets and parking, as walking takes up so much energy.”

Michelle said frequent muscle spasms and joint pain were managed by medication and gentle exercise such as aqua aerobics, and some days were better than others.

“Some days I feel like I could run a marathon. Other days it’s difficult even getting out of bed,’’ she said.

While MS is a lifelong disease, doctors and scientists are making new discoveries about the treatment and management of MS every day.

There are also lifestyle changes people can make to help ease symptoms, potentially slow the progress of the disease and improve overall health.

One lifestyle change could be as simple as switching what’s on your plate.

Michelle will soon take part in a Curtin University trial, led by PhD student Rebecca Russell, Curtin Associate Professor Andrea Begley, and Curtin Associate Professor Lucinda Black, which will test a nutrition education program tailored for people with MS.

Curtin Associate Professor Lucinda Black and PhD student Rebecca Russell.

The six-week nutrition education program is targeted to people with MS and will help participants understand the role diet can play in managing some of their symptoms.

“There is a lot of misinformation online about diet, and it can be difficult to work out what information is credible,’’ Rebecca said.

“This nutrition program will help people sift through the confusion and we hope that by taking part they can gain the skills and tools needed to make healthier dietary changes that can be beneficial to their overall health.”

Rebecca said the feedback from people with MS was that they wanted to manage their diet and make healthier food choices that could fit in with their family.

Healthier dietary changes can be beneficial to your overall health.

“For many people with MS diet is the one thing they can control, and they are willing to make the commitment. They just don’t know where to turn to, and the information online can be really confusing – a lot of the advice is conflicting.’’ she said.

“The program will not only help them navigate the conflicting information available, but also give them knowledge and advice on how to prepare and cook healthy meals.”

Developed in collaboration with people with MS and MS health professionals the online program will take about one to two hours a week and can be carried out in your own time.

Featuring a range of media including text, images, discussion boards and videos featuring MS experts, including people with MS, MS dietitians, MS researchers, and a neurologist, participants will gain a clearer understanding of how diet could play a pivotal role in managing MS symptoms and their overall health.

Lucinda said while there was growing interest in diet and MS, little was known about how diet could help slow the progression of the disease.

“I was speaking at a conference in 2014 about my findings around vitamin D and a woman with MS came up to me afterwards asking if I knew what she should eat,’’ Lucinda said.

“Thinking there would be plenty of information I said I would find out. However, when I read the literature, I realised there was relatively little research about diet and MS, so I decided to look into it.

“I was surprised to learn that, while diet was well-researched for other chronic diseases, there was no conclusive information about diet and MS.”

Lucinda’s research program in diet and MS has been supported by MSWA since 2016, allowing her to build a team of staff and students working on diet and MS.

Earlier this year Lucinda received an MS Australia Postdoctoral Fellowship, which provides salary support for early career researchers working in the field of MS.

She said the fellowship would support her research in examining the link between diet and MS.

While there was growing interest in diet and MS, little was known about how diet could help slow the progression of the disease.

“While diet appears to play a part in the risk of developing MS, the role of diet in the progression of the disease remains unclear, with a lack of high-quality evidence,” she said.

“About 40 per cent of adults with MS make dietary changes after being diagnosed, so we want to ensure they are making the right choices, following a healthy diet and not being misinformed by the contradictory information out there.”

Lucinda said it was great to see the topic of MS and diet gain greater interest, both in Australia and globally.

“It will be really interesting to see the research results over the coming years,’’ she said.

The nutrition program kicks off in September, 2022.

To find out more please watch http://curtin.edu/fs32pz. To register for the trial please email MSDietProject@curtin.edu.au.

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Currently in her first year of Advanced Science at Curtin, Lahni is the inaugural recipient of Southern Ports’ Steve Lewis Regional Scholarship.
 
Southern Ports partnered with Curtin University to deliver an annual regional scholarship to provide financial support for passionate individuals from the Great Southern, South West and Goldfields-Esperance regions.
 
Named in honour of Steve Lewis, former Chief Executive Officer of Southern Ports, the scholarship commemorates his service to the organisation and wider ports sector after his retirement in April 2023.
 
Thank you to Southern Ports for your generosity in recognising and supporting southern regional students. Together, we can make tomorrow better for our regional communities. 🌏
 
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Albany-raised aspiring Marine Scientist Lahni Davis, joined Monica Birkner, Southern Ports Chief People and Sustainability Officer, at Curtin’s Scholarship Celebration Event last night. 💛
 
Currently in her first year of Advanced Science at Curtin, Lahni is the inaugural recipient of Southern Ports’ Steve Lewis Regional Scholarship.
 
Southern Ports partnered with Curtin University to deliver an annual regional scholarship to provide financial support for passionate individuals from the Great Southern, South West and Goldfields-Esperance regions.
 
Named in honour of Steve Lewis, former Chief Executive Officer of Southern Ports, the scholarship commemorates his service to the organisation and wider ports sector after his retirement in April 2023.
 
Thank you to Southern Ports for your generosity in recognising and supporting southern regional students. Together, we can make tomorrow better for our regional communities. 🌏
 
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Check out just some of the opportunities you receive by simply being a Curtin graduate:

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Did you know that as a Curtin graduate you have access to amazing perks and benefits to keep you connected? 🎓👏

Whether you’d like to volunteer, refresh what you’ve learnt during your time at Curtin or extend your skills – there’s something for everyone! 📚💡

Check out just some of the opportunities you receive by simply being a Curtin graduate:

✔️Complimentary free 12-month alumni library membership which can be renewed annually;
✔️Access to volunteering opportunities;
✔️Access to workshops, resume and job application reviews and a wealth of career-focused resources (these services are provided free of charge for up to 12 months after graduation);
✔️Access to a Career Development Consultant; and
✔️A discount to a range of lifelong learning and professional development courses.

With all this plus more exciting initiatives planned for the future, there’s no reason not to get involved! 🌠

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On a mission to give back to the Curtin community and help shape the next generation of industry professionals, CaAtherine decided to get involved in Curtin’s Faculty of Business & Law Internship program.

Through the 12-week program, CaAtherine was able to impart her wealth of marketing and business knowledge to Curtin Marketing student Kyra Otega as part of the program.

Having just completed the program, CaAtherine and Kyra share their experiences. 💛

𝟏. 𝐂𝐚𝐀𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐞, 𝐰𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦?
As a proud Curtin Alumni, being a mentor allows me to share my experiences, insights, and knowledge with the next generation of business leaders, and I am excited to support and guide them on their journey!
 
𝟐. 𝐊𝐲𝐫𝐚, 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐢𝐠𝐠𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞?
Working with CaAtherine and the Real Healthy HQ has taught me a lot about the practical side of marketing. Learning these lessons has built my confidence greatly, before beginning my internship it was hard to see myself as a professional Marketer rather than a Marketing student.
 
𝟑. 𝐂𝐚𝐀𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐞, 𝐰𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐟𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐥𝐮𝐦𝐧𝐢 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲?
I encourage fellow alumni to get involved, as their contribution as a mentor could be exactly what a mentee needs to elevate their abilities and become work-ready. Your guidance and experience can make a lasting difference in their journey.

Contact Curtin FBL Student Experience Coordinator Yen Hieu at fblengagement@curtin.edu.au to express your interest. 🧑‍💻

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Curtin graduate and Founder & Owner of The Real Healthy HQ CaAtherine Meredith is passionate about supporting the next generation of Curtin business leaders. 📚💡

On a mission to give back to the Curtin community and help shape the next generation of industry professionals, CaAtherine decided to get involved in Curtin’s Faculty of Business & Law Internship program.

Through the 12-week program, CaAtherine was able to impart her wealth of marketing and business knowledge to Curtin Marketing student Kyra Otega as part of the program.

Having just completed the program, CaAtherine and Kyra share their experiences. 💛

𝟏. 𝐂𝐚𝐀𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐞, 𝐰𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦?
As a proud Curtin Alumni, being a mentor allows me to share my experiences, insights, and knowledge with the next generation of business leaders, and I am excited to support and guide them on their journey!
 
𝟐. 𝐊𝐲𝐫𝐚, 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐢𝐠𝐠𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞?
Working with CaAtherine and the Real Healthy HQ has taught me a lot about the practical side of marketing. Learning these lessons has built my confidence greatly, before beginning my internship it was hard to see myself as a professional Marketer rather than a Marketing student.
 
𝟑. 𝐂𝐚𝐀𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐞, 𝐰𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐟𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐥𝐮𝐦𝐧𝐢 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲?
I encourage fellow alumni to get involved, as their contribution as a mentor could be exactly what a mentee needs to elevate their abilities and become work-ready. Your guidance and experience can make a lasting difference in their journey.

Contact Curtin FBL Student Experience Coordinator Yen Hieu at fblengagement@curtin.edu.au to express your interest. 🧑‍💻

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #Mentoring #Business #Industry #Experience #Mentorship #ProfessionalDevelopment #WorkExperience #Leadership #Marketing #Perth #Coaching #Education #Entrepreneur
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Growing up in the tropical climate of Kuala Lumpur, Sadruddin (Dean) was fortunate to live within minutes of lush forest. 🌲🌱 

However, after noticing a rapid decline of canopy cover in his home country over the years, Dean had to take action.
 
After graduating from Curtin, the Accounting & Finance graduate founded Planters – a conservation program turned public company whose main goal is to preserve biodiversity through strategic reforestation.

Since 2008, Planters has been restoring and protecting hectares of forest throughout Malaysia, including the National Botanic Gardens Shah Alam.

Last month, the company revealed it’s exciting new cutting-edge digital technology representing a significant advancement towards safeguarding Malaysia’s invaluable forests and biodiversity.

Read more in #CurtinCommons via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CurtinMalaysia #Alumni #Anniversary #Malaysia #Sarawak #Miri #KualaLumpar #Biodiversity #Rainforest #Conservation #Environment #Sustainability #Technology #AI #Education

Growing up in the tropical climate of Kuala Lumpur, Sadruddin (Dean) was fortunate to live within minutes of lush forest. 🌲🌱

However, after noticing a rapid decline of canopy cover in his home country over the years, Dean had to take action.

After graduating from Curtin, the Accounting & Finance graduate founded Planters – a conservation program turned public company whose main goal is to preserve biodiversity through strategic reforestation.

Since 2008, Planters has been restoring and protecting hectares of forest throughout Malaysia, including the National Botanic Gardens Shah Alam.

Last month, the company revealed it’s exciting new cutting-edge digital technology representing a significant advancement towards safeguarding Malaysia’s invaluable forests and biodiversity.

Read more in #CurtinCommons via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CurtinMalaysia #Alumni #Anniversary #Malaysia #Sarawak #Miri #KualaLumpar #Biodiversity #Rainforest #Conservation #Environment #Sustainability #Technology #AI #Education
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What does it take to become a successful marketer in today’s world? 💻🌏💡

Curtin Marketing Association President Sean Palm caught up with the Co-Founder and Executive Producer of the Perth International Cabaret Festival, Alison Welburn to gain some valuable insights on how to become a professional marketer.

Since graduating from Curtin, Alison has acquired more than 30 years’ experience working within the WA arts sector, and is the Founder and Owner of Limelight Consulting, a bespoke Arts PR and Marketing consultancy. 🎭

Alison shares her top tips on how to make it in the marketing industry. Watch the full interview via the link in bio. 🔗

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What does it take to become a successful marketer in today’s world? 💻🌏💡

Curtin Marketing Association President Sean Palm caught up with the Co-Founder and Executive Producer of the Perth International Cabaret Festival, Alison Welburn to gain some valuable insights on how to become a professional marketer.

Since graduating from Curtin, Alison has acquired more than 30 years’ experience working within the WA arts sector, and is the Founder and Owner of Limelight Consulting, a bespoke Arts PR and Marketing consultancy. 🎭

Alison shares her top tips on how to make it in the marketing industry. Watch the full interview via the link in bio. 🔗

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CareersCorner #Marketing #DigitalMarketing #Media #Communications #PublicRelations #Management #Business #Perth #PerthBusiness #PerthisOk #Graduate #Arts #Consulting #BusinessAdvice
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What a wonderful time celebrating Curtin University Malaysia’s 25th Anniversary last week! 🎊
 
Ahead of the celebrations over the weekend in Miri, our team caught up with some of our incredible alumni in Kuala Lumpur.
 
Hear their special message below. 👇
 
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What a wonderful time celebrating Curtin University Malaysia’s 25th Anniversary last week! 🎊
 
Ahead of the celebrations over the weekend in Miri, our team caught up with some of our incredible alumni in Kuala Lumpur.
 
Hear their special message below. 👇
 
#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CurtinMalaysia #Alumni #Anniversary #Malaysia #Sarawak #Miri #KualaLumpar #University #HigherEducation #Education #Graduates #Community #Friends #Memories #Graduations #Leaders
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Congratulations to all of our new Curtin Malaysia alumni who graduated today at the Curtin Malaysia Graduation Ceremony! 🎉✨🎓

Such a proud and momentous occasion, we can’t wait to see where your Curtin degree will take you. 

Welcome to our alumni family!! 👏🏽👏🏽💛💛

See your friends in the video? Tag them in the comments below. 👇🏽

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Congratulations to all of our new Curtin Malaysia alumni who graduated today at the Curtin Malaysia Graduation Ceremony! 🎉✨🎓

Such a proud and momentous occasion, we can’t wait to see where your Curtin degree will take you.

Welcome to our alumni family!! 👏🏽👏🏽💛💛

See your friends in the video? Tag them in the comments below. 👇🏽

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Curtin Finance & Marketing graduate Jane Teh is passionate about bringing people together to create amazing opportunities. 🤝🌏
 
As President of the Curtin Malaysia Alumni Chapter and a respected Corporate Trainer and Consultant, Jane is looking forward to celebrating Curtin Malaysia’s 25th Anniversary with our current and future graduates.
 
Thank you Jane for showing us around your home city of Kuala Lumpur, we had the best time eating and walking (13,000 steps) our way around the City.
 
We can’t wait to enjoy a Cham with you again soon! 💛
 
As we celebrate 25 years of our amazing Curtin Malaysia alumni community, Jane shares what she loves the most about being an alumna and career advice for aspiring graduates looking to excel in their careers. 🎉🎓
 
Read the full interview with Jane via the link in bio. 👆
 
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Curtin Finance & Marketing graduate Jane Teh is passionate about bringing people together to create amazing opportunities. 🤝🌏
 
As President of the Curtin Malaysia Alumni Chapter and a respected Corporate Trainer and Consultant, Jane is looking forward to celebrating Curtin Malaysia’s 25th Anniversary with our current and future graduates.
 
Thank you Jane for showing us around your home city of Kuala Lumpur, we had the best time eating and walking (13,000 steps) our way around the City.
 
We can’t wait to enjoy a Cham with you again soon! 💛
 
As we celebrate 25 years of our amazing Curtin Malaysia alumni community, Jane shares what she loves the most about being an alumna and career advice for aspiring graduates looking to excel in their careers. 🎉🎓
 
Read the full interview with Jane via the link in bio. 👆
 
#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CurtinMalaysia #Alumni #Anniversary #Malaysia #Sarawak #Interview #Business #Global #Travel #KualaLumpar
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What a beautiful night celebrating Curtin Malaysia’s 25th Anniversary with our amazing alumni in Kuala Lumpur. Thank you to everyone who came, we loved seeing you!! ❤️❤️

Are you a Curtin alumni in Malaysia? Get involved in Curtin Malaysia’s Lost Alumni Project by updating your details via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CurtinMalaysia #Alumni #Anniversary #Malaysia #Sarawak #Community #International #Graduates #Global

What a beautiful night celebrating Curtin Malaysia’s 25th Anniversary with our amazing alumni in Kuala Lumpur. Thank you to everyone who came, we loved seeing you!! ❤️❤️

Are you a Curtin alumni in Malaysia? Get involved in Curtin Malaysia’s Lost Alumni Project by updating your details via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CurtinMalaysia #Alumni #Anniversary #Malaysia #Sarawak #Community #International #Graduates #Global
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