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About Motor Neurone Disease (MND)

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is an umbrella term used for a group of diseases that affect the functioning of motor neurones. It is also known in different parts of the world as:

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), named after the most common type
  • Lou Gehrig’s Disease
  • Maladie de Charcot (Charcot’s disease)

The different types of MND are often categorised as:

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) - 65% of all cases
  • Progressive Bulbar Palsy (PBP) - 25% of all cases
  • Flail Limb (including the variant Progressive Muscular Atrophy) - 9%  of all cases
  • Primary Lateral Sclerosis - 1%  of all cases

In Victoria approximately 400 people are living with the condition at any given time. View the links below to find out more on each topic:

What Is Motor Neurone Disease (MND)? | Genetics and MND | Just for kids - content appropriate for children (8 - 14 years old)  | Kennedy's Disease