Research Council expects to fund ME and CFS projects in 2020

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by Sasha Nimmo Outcomes on the remaining recommendations from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) ME and CFS advisory committee are expected to be announced in mid-2019. Prof Anne Kelso CEO NHMRC, is deciding whether to release the report ahead of the announcements. "The Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee Report to the NHMRC Chief … Continue reading Research Council expects to fund ME and CFS projects in 2020

NHMRC draft ME and CFS report asks for feedback

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By Sasha Nimmo Released on the Friday before Christmas, the Australia's National Health and Medical Research Advisory Commission's draft report on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is open for comment. People and organisations are encouraged to respond to the draft report by noon AEDT, Monday 18 February via the online public consultation portal. The … Continue reading NHMRC draft ME and CFS report asks for feedback

Australia’s medical research council questioned on ME and CFS committee

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By Sasha Nimmo Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) answered questions from Greens, Centre Alliance and Labor senators at Senate Estimates budget hearings. Senator Griff asked if they would add experts in biomedical research to the ME and CFS advisory committee. Senator Steele-John asked if it would be concerning if a member of … Continue reading Australia’s medical research council questioned on ME and CFS committee

Mistakes of the past: ‘The Pathogenesis of Melancholia’ and other wasted money.

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By Sasha Nimmo Australia's government is seeking advice from an advisory committee on current research, gaps in research and whether the 2002 clinical guidelines for doctors should be revised. The last time the government began to look at chronic fatigue syndrome was 25 years ago. In 1993 the then Minister for Health, Graham Richardson, established … Continue reading Mistakes of the past: ‘The Pathogenesis of Melancholia’ and other wasted money.

Making the most of the NHMRC advisory committee

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By Sasha Nimmo Australian research is underfunded and the government's clinical guidelines are outdated so the ME and CFS advisory committee is welcomed.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. The advice from this committee will determine if diagnostic … Continue reading Making the most of the NHMRC advisory committee

Australian government’s ME and CFS advisory committee

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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

Australia’s medical research council promises ‘serious exploration’ of research for ME within months

by Sasha Nimmo Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) says it plans to spend $3-5 million dollars over three to five years on funding targeted research into ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis) and chronic fatigue syndrome. This would be a huge increase, as the NHMRC have not funded a study since 2005. The NHRMC said it … Continue reading Australia’s medical research council promises ‘serious exploration’ of research for ME within months

University of NSW tests graded activity program on mild chronic fatigue syndrome patients

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

Australian Health Department pins its hopes on overseas research instead of funding our own

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by Sasha Nimmo Senator asks medical research council about ‘remarkably small amount of funding since 2000’ and if they are funding graded exercise therapy (GET) or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for ME and chronic fatigue syndrome. This is the third article in the series. Here is the first (November 2015) and the second (February 2016) Australia … Continue reading Australian Health Department pins its hopes on overseas research instead of funding our own