The Nerve Centre has been created through the initiative of the MS Society, and the operating costs of the facilities are internally funded with partners making contributions for rent and consumables.
The Victorian Government is currently looking at ways in which the community sector can form stronger commercially based networks to increase efficiency. The Nerve Centre has been put forward as a model for this initiative. We believe the current partnerships can be developed further subject to additional financial resources to drive additional efficiencies and initiatives. The blueprint is in place, but more can be done.
Now a few years on, these outcomes have focused on improved sustainability, and organisations are looking to develop specific agreements about initiatives that will deliver quantifiable savings as well as deliver opportunities for sustainable funding and service growth.
The MS Australia has continued to show unique leadership in the area of sector partnerships, and has been recognized by Government and the community. Our organisation has reaped significant benefit from the partnership program and intends to continue to develop the program in the future.