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Experiences of Functional Neurological Disorder

This report summarises the findings of a research project on the experiences of people diagnosed with Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) and their carers in Australia. The research was undertaken by FND Australia Support Services Inc for the National Mental Health Commission.

People with FND experience a variety of disabling motor, sensory and cognitive neurological symptoms, and often face significant challenges in accessing the treatment and support they need. They also confront high levels of stigma and discrimination by both clinicians and people in the community. This report aims to highlight areas that are in need of improvement to enhance the quality of life experienced by people living with and affected by FND.


Experiences of Functional Neurological Disorder Summary Report

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Consumer and Carer Experiences of FND in Australia

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Commission acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands throughout Australia.
We pay our respects to their clans, and to the elders, past present and emerging, and acknowledge their continuing connection to land, sea and community.


The Commission is committed to embracing diversity and eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of health services. The Commission welcomes all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Lived Experience

We acknowledge the individual and collective contributions of those with a lived and living experience of mental ill-health and suicide, and those who love, have loved and care for them. Each person’s journey is unique and a valued contribution to Australia’s commitment to mental health suicide prevention systems reform.