Community management of motor neurone disease

Estimated Duration: 
1 hour

The needs of individuals living with motor neurone disease (MND) are complex, as are those of their families/whānau; however, care of such individuals generally occurs in the community.

A multidisciplinary assessment is essential and should include medical (neurology) and nursing, physiotherapy and occupational therapy and speech language therapy.

With a broad range of professionals involved it is important to identify a key worker (this may be the general practitioner) who can co-ordinate activities of other team members, alert team members to changing needs and initiate effective, timely responses to these, provide links with other service providers and becomes the first point of contact for the family.

Following completion of this short course you will;

  • Be aware of the presentation of MND.
  • Be aware of the medical management of MND.
  • Know how to manage the symptoms of MND.
  • Be aware of the multidisciplinary team involved in the assessment and care of the patient with MND.
  • Know how to discuss advanced care planning.


Once you have completed this short course and quiz, please click 'submit' where you will be taken to the results page. From here you can print your certificate for 1 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hour.


The content and quiz was written by Claire Hatherell, Community Liaison and Education Facilitator, North Shore Hospice and Rod Macleod, Senior Staff Specialist in Palliative Care at Hammond Care in Sydney and Conjoint Professor in Palliative Care at the University of Sydney. It was reviewed by Dr Karen Falloon MBChB, FRNZCGP, PhD, Senior lecturer Goodfellow Unit, 2017.

The material is presented by the Goodfellow Unit (GFU), an accredited continuing medical education/ continuing professional development (CME/CPD) provider for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and functions under a tripartite agreement between the Goodfellow Foundation, the College and the University of Auckland. The Unit is located within the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, and within the School of Population Health.


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