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Australian MP Introduces Petition for ME in Parliament

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Australian Greens MP, Adam Bandt, formally tabled a petition for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) in Parliament on Dec. 4th. The Emerge Australia petition asks the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to collaborate with the ME/CFS community to develop appropriate guidelines for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) assessors, and for ME/CFS to be ...

Study Examines Link between Immune Dysfunction and Metabolism in ME

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This article was first published on ME Australia.  An international collaboration of scientists, including Fane Mensah, Jo Cambridge and Australia's Chris Armstrong, investigated the relationship between CD24 expression and B cell maturation and found CD24 expression on B cells is related to energy metabolism and that its role differs between B ...

Community Roundup – Telling Our Story to the World

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Across the globe, we are pursuing creative projects across all mediums to tell the world about myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). In our fall roundup, you'll be inspired reading about the work and accomplishments of some of our community heroes. Support the #MEAction community by donating to our #GivingTuesday campaign this Tuesday, Nov. 27  where ...

Advocacy Round-up – A Season of Protest and Petition

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The #MEAction community has dug in deep this fall to undertake the incredibly important work - and heavy lifting - of ensuring that our health agencies create guidelines that will improve the lives of people with ME. We are holding our government officials accountable for their decisions that affect our daily ...

Australia: National TV Program Debates ME/CFS, Raises Ire of Community

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Australia: An hour-long, nationally televised discussion panel on myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) on Oct. 16 has raised the ire of many in the patient community, who claim the program overrepresented the likelihood of recovery from the illness, and promoted harmful graded exercise therapy (GET). Insight is a weekly ...

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 ...