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Nervous system diseases

Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia.

Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease affects the brain functions, memory and behaviour. Find out about symptoms, how it’s diagnosed, and how to help delay its onset.

Bell's palsy is a form of facial paralysis.

Bell's palsy

Bell’s palsy is a sudden weakness or paralysis of facial muscles, usually on one side of the face. Learn how to boost the chances of a full recovery.

Symptoms of cerebral palsy usually appear by the time a child is 2 years old.

Cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy damages the nervous system and muscular control, affecting movement and coordination. Know the risk factors in pregnancy and birth.

Man having a CT scan


Epilepsy is a long-term condition that affects 1 in 50 Australians. Learn more about the causes, how it is diagnosed and the types of seizures.

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Motor neurone disease (MND)

Motor neurone disease is a condition that causes weakness in the muscles, leading eventually to paralysis. Learn about the symptoms and diagnosis.

MS patients receiving physiotherapy treatment.

Multiple sclerosis MS

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease that affects the central nervous system. Learn about the types of MS and how the symptoms can be managed.

Neurofibromatosis is characterised by the growth of neurofibromas, a type of tumour that is usually benign.


Tumours - usually benign - form with this quite common, manageable condition. Know more about living with neurofibromatosis and where to get support.

Parkinson's disease patient being treated

Parkinson’s disease

Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include tremor or shaking. Find out more about Parkinson's and about what can be done to treat these symptoms.

Sciatica can lead to pain in the back and legs.


Sciatica is a condition that causes pain in the back and legs. Understand how the pain develops and know some of the causes of sciatica.


Shingles is a painful rash caused by the chickenpox virus. Find out how to recognise the symptoms and what treatments are available.


A stroke is a serious medical event where the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted. Learn what to do if someone has a stroke.

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