The first meeting of NAT (formerly Neuro Muscular Alliance of Tasmania) was held in October 2006 with membership comprising Multiple Sclerosis Tasmania, Parkinson’s Tasmania, Motor Neurone Disease Tasmania, and Huntington’s Disease Tasmania. The Alliance has since grown to include Alzheimer’s Australia Tasmania, Brain Injury Association of Tasmania, Epilepsy Tasmania, Muscular Dystrophy Association of Tasmania, Spina Bifida Association of Tasmania, and Stroke Foundation Tasmania.
representing, protecting and enforcing the rights and interests of persons living with neurological or progressive neuromuscular conditions;
ensuring the needs of people with neuromuscular or progressive neurological conditions are represented on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) agenda;
providing a collaborative approach and voice for people living with neuromuscular or progressive neurological conditions, and their families and carers, that brings forth issues to the attention of Government at all levels, policy makers and the wider community;
facilitating an exchange of information in areas of healthcare, social services, social inclusion, social skills, education and training, employment, sports and recreation, culture, and full participation; and
ensuring the recognition of the expert skills and knowledge in the neuromuscular field which can value add to consultation, and offer expert opinion for these groups.
working towards having a community, including health professionals, that is aware of, and more importantly understands, the implications of these conditions for people who live with them, and for their families and carers;
promoting active co-operation between the members which will lead to best practice; and
attracting resources to enable the Alliance and the individual member organisations to meet their stated aims in support of people who live with these conditions.