Medical council agrees new guidelines are needed

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by Sasha Nimmo National Health and Medical Research Council's Chief Executive Officer, Prof Anne Kelso, today released her response the ME and CFS advisory committee's report. Prof Kelso has decided that the NHMRC should develop clinical guidance on ME/CFS. This is a major decision as the current guidelines were condemned by the Senate and organisations … Continue reading Medical council agrees new guidelines are needed

$3m funding round opens and Senator questions how they will avoid funding harmful therapies

by Sasha Nimmo Australia's federal government now has a $3 million grant round open, calling for research into ME and chronic fatigue syndrome. $3 million over three years is a huge increase on previous spending, yet is a tiny proportion of the $9 billion the government is spending on medical research over 10 years. After … Continue reading $3m funding round opens and Senator questions how they will avoid funding harmful therapies

Failure to update medical guidelines see people with ME denied disability support

By ME Australia Australians with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and chronic fatigue syndrome are having their disability support pension, NDIS, superannuation and other requests for help denied due to the current Australian chronic fatigue syndrome guidelines, published back in 2002.  Myalgic Encephalomyelitis affects between 0.4 and 1 per cent of the population, including children, and one quarter … Continue reading Failure to update medical guidelines see people with ME denied disability support

Greens announce ME and CFS policy

by Sasha Nimmo Senator Jordon Steele-John this week announced the Australian Greens' policy on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), planning to commit $15 million to biomedical research, a national summit, better access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and money for advocacy organisations. This policy is welcomed by the ME and CFS … Continue reading Greens announce ME and CFS policy

Children with chronic fatigue syndrome often wait more than a year for diagnosis

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by Sasha Nimmo Researchers at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne confirmed that paediatric chronic fatigue syndrome (Fukuda criteria) causes significant disability and little is known about how common the condition is or how it is currently managed in Australia. More than half of children have to wait a year or longer before receiving … Continue reading Children with chronic fatigue syndrome often wait more than a year for diagnosis

Australia hosts research symposium on ME and chronic fatigue syndrome

by Sasha Nimmo Emerge Australia is hosting an international research symposium on the biological basis, diagnosis, treatment and managment of Myalgic Encephalomylitis and chronic fatigue syndrome in Geelong (near Melbourne), Australia. Parts of the symposium will be live-streamed here. On Wednesday 13 March, Griffith University's Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik and Professor Donald Staines will chair a … Continue reading Australia hosts research symposium on ME and chronic fatigue syndrome

Difference between Australian chronic fatigue syndrome guidelines and ME

By Sasha Nimmo Australians are having their concerns dismissed by GPs, receiving harmful medical advice, refused insurance claims, refused access to support services, denied access to the Disability Support Pension and the National Disability Insurance scheme. In tens of thousands of cases, they are misdiagnosed or wait decades for a diagnosis. Read these excerpts from … Continue reading Difference between Australian chronic fatigue syndrome guidelines and ME