Matthew Miles and MS Research Australia Team

MS Research Team celebrate their win. Photograph by Julian Andrews.

MS Research Australia has been named the 2017 Telstra Australian Charity Award winner at the 25th annual Telstra Business Awards.

In Australia, one to two people are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) every day, which is one reason why MS Research Australia is on a mission to accelerate research towards the prevention of MS, establish better treatments and ultimately find a cure.

CEO, Dr Matthew Miles, says the best testament to this is hearing people say: I have MS, but MS doesn’t have me.

“Until we find a cure – and we’ve made incredible progress towards that – we will devote our attention to ensuring we are completely and utterly aligned with the needs of people with MS. We are at a tipping point and the finish line could potentially be in sight,” says Dr  Miles.

MS Research Australia is not only the country’s largest not-for-profit organisation dedicated to funding and fostering collaboration in MS research; it is a globally recognised leader in the internationally coordinated effort to find a cure for progressive MS. With significant improvements in employment outcomes, quality of life and longevity, plus a substantial decrease in hospitalisations and mortality, the charity’s work has transformed the entire MS landscape.

The other national winners of the 25th annual Telstra Australian Business Awards are:

  • Overall and Micro Business Award – GenWise Health, an online clinic platform that enables GPs to save time, improve efficiencies and connect with their medical community.
  • New Business Award– Over The Moo, a dairy-free ice cream brand made from coconut milk, stocked in 400 independent supermarkets and over 500 Woolworths stores. (New South Wales)
  • Small Business Award – Love To Dream, a provider of swaddles and baby sleep bags that allow babies to sleep safely, soundly and more comfortably. (New South Wales)
  • Medium Business Award – ELK, an independent fashion label with a diverse collection of apparel and accessories, “designed locally, handmade globally.” (Victoria)

Telstra Group Executive Consumer and Small Business and Awards Ambassador, Kevin Russell, said the national winners represented the best in business and charities in Australia.

“The 2017 Telstra Business Awards winners are proving that innovation, technology and the courage to take risks, enables them to become a leader in their field,” Russell said.

Russell said the celebration of 25 years was a major milestone for the Telstra Business Awards, which continued to honour the achievements of Australia’s best small and medium businesses and more recently charities.

The Telstra Business Awards give business and charity owners the chance to reflect on their achievements, assess their organisation’s strengths and weaknesses, access unparalleled networking opportunities, pursue new ventures and build their profile. 


The Awards also present a unique opportunity for charities and businesses to celebrate and inspire others to be innovative and successful. Nominations are open all year-round and to nominate visit the website.