Project Details

LEAP MS Study (Longitudinal Evaluation of Attending Programs for MS) is a longitudinal study originally developed from participant evaluations of a residential retreat conducted for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) at The Gawler Foundation in South Eastern Victoria. The aim of this study is to evaluate the quality of life of people attending these residential retreats, and the lifestyle factors influencing that. The study provides an opportunity to assess the longitudinal impact of attending an intensive lifestyle-modification course for MS, on quality of life, disability and level of empowerment. There are over 500 participants now in the LEAP MS longitudinal database. The research team continues to analyse data from participants enrolling in the retreats at one, three, five and ten year time points, with detailed lifestyle data available for a subset of 117 of these participants. There have been three publications from the LEAP MS Study to date.

Research Publications

1.Hadgkiss EJ, Jelinek GA, Weiland TJ, et al. Health-related quality of life outcomes at 1 and 5 years after a residential retreat promoting lifestyle modification for people with multiple sclerosis. Neurol Sci. 2013;34(2):187-195.

2.Li MP, Jelinek GA, Weiland TJ, Mackinlay CA, Dye S, Gawler I. Effect of a residential retreat promoting lifestyle modifications on health-related quality of life in people with multiple sclerosis. Qual Prim Care. 2010;18(6):379-389.

3.Jelinek GA, Hassed CS. Managing multiple sclerosis in primary care: are we forgetting something? Qual Prim Care. 2009;17(1):55-61.

Research Group


Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Prevention and management of non-communicable diseases (including cancer), and promotion of mental health

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics

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