The diagnosis of motor neurone disease (MND) is often difficult and may require observing symptom progression for some time before the diagnosis can be given with some certainty.
Timely referrals and diagnosis is crucial in ensuring the needs of people living with MND are met from the earliest possible stage.
MND is an uncommon condition so most GPs will only see one or two people with MND during their careers, so they may initially suggest other possible causes for the symptoms. MND Australia has further information for health professionals on recognising possible symptoms of MND and the diagnostic process. Further information is available here: Diagnosing MND | MND Australia
Diagnostic tool for GPs
MND Australia has amended, with permission, the MND Association of England, Wales and Northern Ireland 'Red Flag diagnosis tool' for Australian GPs and health professionals.
The tool lists common MND signs and symptoms, prompting GPs to query MND and highlights the importance of initiating early referral to a neurologist.
You can view the GP diagnostic tool here: Painless, progressive weakness – Could this be motor neurone disease?
If MND is suspected, it is important to refer the person to a neurologist with experience in diagnosing motor neurone disease. A referral to a neurologist at one of the specialist MND Clinics is also advisable to confirm a diagnosis of MND.