by Sasha Nimmo Researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), including Prof Andrew Lloyd, published a review stating there is a "need for longitudinal studies integrating biopsychosocial approaches to inform early management and targeted rehabilitation strategies". Prof Lloyd was on the government's ME and CFS advisory committee and received the majority of government … Continue reading Government advisor calls for more biopsychosocial research into ‘ME/CFS’
By Sasha Nimmo Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) appointed group of medical professionals and people representing people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and chronic fatigue syndrome to a ME and CFS advisory committee. The committee, who have begun meeting, will advise the government on current research, gaps in research and whether the 2002 clinical … Continue reading Australian government’s ME and CFS advisory committee
UNSW deny Prof Lloyd's CBT/GET trial causes harm to participants and refuses to stop the trial or amend it in any way. The university says the people who are protesting 'harbour resentment against the notion that CFS may have psychological causes', plus continues to defend the PACE trial.
The Australian federal government is spending the ME and CFS research budget on training medical professionals to use cognitive behavioural therapy and graded exercise therapy on patients in Australia and internationally, despite the fact these therapies show no benefit and may do harm.
by Sasha Nimmo Australia's University of NSW's Psychiatry Department tested a graded activity program on 25 patients with chronic fatigue syndrome, despite the evidence of harm. Before the study, patients could complete around 4 hours of 'moderate intensity exercise' a week (self-reported) which is an unusually high amount for CFS patients. Exercise was not measured or recorded at … Continue reading University of NSW tests graded activity program on mild chronic fatigue syndrome patients
by Sasha Nimmo Most of the $2.4 million in research the government says is for ME or CFS is spent on research into psychology, exercise or for other conditions such as hepatitis C. No studies funded in a decade. This the second story in the series, here is the first. For Australia’s 94,000 people with … Continue reading Australian Health Department answers questions on ME