About Otago MS Society

Welcome to the home of the Otago Multiple Sclerosis Society. We are glad you found us!

This website is intended to inform you about the services, programmes and events for people with MS in the Otago area. People with other neurological illnesses such as Arachnoditis are also welcome.

We hope you like what you see here. Perhaps you may like to take the next step and support us by becoming a financial member? Or you may wish to visit our office or attend one of our groups - you would be very welcome.  And thanks - for taking the time to visit our us here. We hope to see you again soon.

The Otago Multiple Sclerosis Society aims to empower people with Multiple Sclerosis and their families by providing them with professional support, education, information and skills, to participate actively in the community in ways that are meaningful to them.

The Otago Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society Inc, is one of 18 regional Societies throughout New Zealand. We have been located in our premises at 8 Baker Street, Caversham since 1983. These premises are user friendly with disabled access and facilities.

The Otago Society is a not-for-profit organisation, devoted to supporting people with MS (and other neurological conditions), their families and carers. We offer numerous opportunities to interact and meet with other Society members, all held on a regular basis.

Otago Multiple Sclerosis Society can provide assistance to people with Multiple Sclerosis which includes:
  • Discussing a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis and what this means for you, your family and for the future
  • Up-to-date information about Multiple Sclerosis and management of the condition
  • Advocacy
  • Counselling and support
  • Referral to other agencies and allied health professionals
  • Supporting partners, carers, families, friends, employers and work colleagues
  • Facilitating support groups and networks where appropriate
  • Conducting assessment of needs, ie: acceptance criteria for the Total Mobility Scheme
  • Liaising with other service providers, such as WINZ and home care agencies
Multiple Sclerosis Otago works at empowering the people of Otago and their support networks to actively participate in their community.


Rose Lyall - Manager

Rose Lyall - Manager I am married to my wonderful husband Jason, I have two beautiful daughters Rachael and Sarah and I also have two grandsons and a grand daughter. I am extremely blessed to have such a wonderful family.

I studied at Otago Polytehcnic in Business and have had a busy career since graduating in 2005. Coming to the Society has been a whirl wind of excitement. Meeting all the members has most definitely been a highlight, however I am enjoying the organising of all the society events including the appeal week.

I look forward to being a big part of the society and helping where ever need be.


Maree Darling - Field Officer

Maree Darling - Field Officer I am married to Shane and we have three children, Crystal 12, Summer 9 and Mason 6.

I graduated from the University of Otago in1999 with a Bachelor in Community and Family Studies and a Postgraduate Diploma Social Work.  I have worked in various fields but prefer the health sector.  I was the Field Officer here at the society but left to start my family.  I throughly enjoyed my previous time here at the society and it was a natural progression to return to my role. 

My passion is to work with individuals and support groups in ways that I can assist and encourage them to live a life that is fulfilling and meaningful. I have strong interpersonal skills and my vocational training and communication skills are something that I believe I bring to this role. I have an empathetic, warm and caring nature along with practical skills of being able to network and advocate for others.

To contact me please use one of the following:
Ph (03) 4555 894 or 027 296 5254

Sharon Ellis

Sharon Ellis Hi, I'm Sharon Ellis.  I am married to a wonderful man Brendon.  I have 4 grown children and am also blessed to have 3 grandchildren.  I started as a volunteer with the MS Otago and I enjoyed it so much I applied for my position when it became available.  I am looking forward to the shop continuing to grow and growing into a geat shop for the Otago MS Soceity.   Please feel free to say hello to me when you come into the shop. 

Pam MacDonald

Pam MacDonald
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