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Category Archives: Australia

Emerge Australia Releases Report on National Survey of ME Patients

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Emerge Australia has released a report on the findings of a survey of more than 600 Australians with ME/CFS. The National Survey of the Health and Wellbeing of People with ME/CFS was carried out in conjunction with ASDF Research, and highlights the need for greater understanding of ME/CFS in Australia ...

Australia: National Committee will Issue Report on ME and CFS

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The Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) Advisory Committee, set up by the National Health and Medical Research Council to advise the government on research and clinical guidelines, has one more meeting before releasing their report for public consultation. The ME and CFS Advisory Committee will be finalising the report at ...

Australia: Macquarie University Study will look for Hypochondria and Somatic Symptoms in CFS, Fibro and MCS

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Macquarie University are recruiting people with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal disorders and multiple chemical sensitivity for a study measuring somatic symptoms, hypochondria, anxiety and depression, catastophising and co-morbid diseases.  The study was approved by the University’s ethics department. Psychiatrists at Macquarie University in Sydney sought 1,000 people for the one-year ...

Australia: Three Senators Form Parliamentary Friendship Group for ME and CFS

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Three senators have formed a Parliamentary Friends of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) group in Australia’s federal parliament. The Parliamentary Friendship group is co-chaired by Western Australian Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John,  Tasmanian Liberal Senator Jonathan Duniam and Queensland Labor Senator Claire Moore. This group will provide a forum for members of ...

Australia: Mason Foundation Explores Funding ME and CFS Biobank

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Most of Australia’s medical research funding for ME and CFS comes from the Mason Foundation, who are currently looking at whether they will fund a biobank or a patient registry for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and/or chronic fatigue syndrome samples. Recently the Mason Foundation updated stakeholders on the decision-making process. This is important ...

It’s Not “All in My Head”: Living with a Misdiagnosed Disability Five Years on. Volume Three

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Read Volume One and Volume Two.  Day #5 cont’d. My partner and I hit a point of exhaustion. From him having the flu, my turn in symptoms and the lack of wheelchair friendly locations, creating your own fun on a holiday is an easy concept when your cup is full but both our ...

Who is advising the Australian government on ME and CFS research and treatment guidelines?

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Australian research is underfunded and the government’s clinical guidelines are outdated so the Australian government's ME and CFS advisory committee is welcomed. It provides an important opportunity to call on the government to fund biomedical research and to give Australian doctors desperately needed clinical guidance. However, there are mixed perspectives ...

Just Invisible: Medical Access Issues for Homebound/Bedridden People

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Australian Ricky Buchanan has written a much-needed report about the issues facing bedbound and homebound people in getting access to medical care ...

The Global Impact of #MillionsMissing

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The impact of #MillionsMissing 2018 was phenomenal. Protestors took to the streets in 100 countries across the world with demonstrations taking place in North America, South America, Europe, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Asia. Along with people taking action from home, there was a total of 300 visibility actions. More ...

Australian Parliament Recognises Urgent Need for Biomedical Research for ME

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The Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) patient and research communities are delighted the Australian parliament officially recognise the urgent need for biomedical research in the field, passing a motion in the Senate to mark International ME and CFS Awareness Day ...