Its charter is to facilitate and promote education and research in all aspects of movement disorders, from basic science to medical and non-medical therapeutics.
MDSANZ has close ties with the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists (ANZAN) and the international Movement Disorder Society (MDS). MDSANZ is the peak body that advises the ANZAN on movement disorders issues.
The clinical disorders that make up movement disorders include a range of neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders, and abnormalities in muscle tone and motor control, for example:
- Dystonic disorders
- Gait disorders
- Huntington's disease
- Parkinson's disease
- Restless legs syndrome
- Tics and Tourette syndrome
MDSANZ plays a key role in the link between knowledge and practice. It achieves this through the interpretation of new diagnostic information and the development of pharmacological and neurosurgical treatments for movement disorders, as we build a greater understanding of impaired motor control function to deliver better health outcomes for the Australian and world communities.