Inspired by the extraordinary initiatives of Professors Stanley Fahn and C. David Marsden at the annual American Academy of Neurology and Movement Disorder Society Meetings, the Sydney Movement Disorder Society was founded in 1988 by Drs Ron Joffe, Ivan Lorentz, Dudley O'Sullivan and John Morris.
Three to four meetings a year were held, initially, at the College in Macquarie Street, and later, in the Holme Building on the Sydney University campus. The format was then, and remains, an invited lecture followed by case presentations and dinner.
The inaugural President was Jim Lance and office bearers were elected for three year terms. The Sydney Movement Disorder Society became the Australian Movement Disorder Society (MDSA) and was incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act in 1991 with Ivan Lorentz, John Morris, Philip Thompson, and Andrew Hughes serving terms as MDSA President.
MDSA Councillors are elected from each state and annual meetings held in conjunction with the annual scientific meeting of the Australian Association of Neurologists.
The purpose of the society is to
Missions and goals:
The Movement Disorder Society of Australia is a professional society of clinicians, scientists, and other healthcare professionals who have an active interest in the work and aims of the society.
To disseminate knowledge about movement disorders by:
To promote research into causes, prevention and treatment of movement disorders by:
To formulate and promote public policy that will favourably affect the care of patients with movement disorders by: