There are an estimated 92,000 to 598,000 people in Australia with chronic fatigue syndrome, ME or CFS/ME or ME/CFS (based on prevalence ranges of 0.4-2.4%, depending on which definition of the condition is used).
In Australia, most doctors use the name Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for diagnosis.
- 1 Medical guidelines
- 2 Health insurance
- 3 Social security and disability benefits
- 4 Access to care
- 5 Patient groups
- 6 Research
- 7 Clinicians
- 8 Notable patients
- 9 Learn more
- 10 See also
- 11 References
There are no current national clinical guidelines on the NHMRC website.
The 2002 Australian guidelines are used by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHRMC) fellowship recipient Prof Andrew Lloyd, who sits on the review committees for NHMRC grant applications.
One of the NSW websites lists the International Consensus Primer, IACFS/ME Clinical, the 2006 Paediatric Criteria, and the South Australian ME/CFS Guidelines but is not clear on which one it endorses.
Australian medical associations
- The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) published guidelines in 2002, in the Australian Medical Journal.
- The Royal Australasian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) published a guideline in 2015 which recommends Graded Exercise Therapy. Their magazine Australian Family Practitioner (AFP) has published articles about ME/CFS, including a 2013 article that recommends Graded exercise therapy and Cognitive behavioral therapy.
- The Australian Medical Association (AMA) website recommends Graded Exercise Therapy.
National health department
National Health and Medical Research Council
The NHMRC funds health and medical research, and develops health advice & guidelines. It is part of the Australian Department of Health.
State and territory health departments
- Victoria - Better Health - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - information for the public
- South Australia
- Northern Territory
- Western Australia
Government health insurance
The Australian government subsidises most medical appointments, some hospital services, and some medications.
Private health insurance
Social security and disability benefits
- A Disability Support Pension is available through Centrelink for people meeting strict criteria of dysfunction.
Access to care
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There is no national ME or CFS organisation in Australia, however there are patient organisations in each state and territory.
- Emerge Australia (incl Victoria, Tasmania & Northern Territory but has members from all over Australia)
- Change for ME Australia, an online collective
- ACT ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Society
- ME/CFS Australia (SA) Inc
- ME/CFS/FM Support Association, Queensland
- ME/CFS and Lyme Society of WA
- The ME/CFS & FM Association, NSW
- Natural killer cells and single nucleotide polymorphisms of specific ion channels and receptor genes in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (2016)
- 2016, Three Approaches to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada: Lessons for Democratic Policy
- 2016: Australian Breakthrough on Diagnostic Blood Test
- 2015: Australian Research into ME/CFS in Adolescents
- 2016: Australian Health Dept Pins its Hopes on NIH Research
- 2016: The Australian Health Department Answers Questions on ME
- 2015: Australian Senator Questions Government on Lack of Action on ME
- National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases (NCNED)
- Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
- Victoria University
- Bio21 Institute, Melbourne University
- Christopher Armstrong
- Dorothy Bruck
- Henry Butt
- Elaine DeFreitas
- Paul Gooley
- Melinda Jackson
- Donald Lewis
- Brett Lidbury
- Andrew Lloyd
- Neil McGregor
- Michael Maes
- Sarah Knight
- Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik
- Donald Staines
- Amy Wallis
- Biomedical clinicians: Donald P Lewis (VIC), Rashmi Cabena (VIC), Richard Schloeffel (NSW)
- GET/CBT clinicians: Michael Oldmeadow (VIC), Andrew Lloyd (NSW)
- Alison Hunter, died 1996, aged 19, from complications related to ME/CFS. The Alison Hunter Memorial Foundation was established in her name, to raise much needed funding for research into ME/CFS, as well as raising awareness and advocating for the needs of people with ME/CFS. The Alison Hunter Foundation established a partnership with the National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases (NCNED), at Griffith University (Queensland), and has since ceased operating as an independent charity, instead focussing on supporting the research being undertaken at NCNED.
- Jodi Bassett
- Laura Dundovic
- Leigh Hatcher
- Linley Frame
- Johanna Griggs
- Alastair Lynch
- James McDonald
- Alem Matthees
- Nadine Neumann
- Matthew Nicholson
- Rhyce Shaw
- Shelley Taylor-Smith
- Carruthers, B M; van de Sande, M I; De Meirleir, Kenny L; Klimas, Nancy G; Broderick, G; Mitchell, T; Staines, Donald; Powles, A C P; Speight, Nigel; Vallings, Rosamund; Bateman, Lucinda; Baumgarten-Austrheim, B; Bell, David S; Carlo-Stella, N; Chia, John; Darragh, A; Jo, D; Lewis, Donald P; Light, Alan R; Marshall-Gradisnik, Sonya; Mena, I; Mikovits, J A; Miwa, K; Murovska, M; Pall, M L; Stevens, Staci R (22 August 2011), "Myalgic encephalomyelitis: International Consensus Criteria", Journal of Internal Medicine, 270 (4): 327–338, PMID 21777306, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2796.2011.02428.x
- #MEAction; Nimmo, Sasha (20 Jan 2016), "Australian Health Dept Answers Questions on ME", #MEAction
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- Jason, Leonard A; Jordan, Karen; Miike, Teruhisa; Bell, David S; Lapp, Charles; Torres-Harding, Susan; Rowe, Kathy; Gurwitt, Alan; De Meirleir, Kenny; Van Hoof, Elke LS (2006), "A Pediatric Case Definition for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome", Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, 13 (2-3): 1-44, doi:10.1300/J092v13n02_01
- South Australian Department of Human Services; University of Adelaide; ME/CFS Society of South Australia (2004), ME/CFS Guidelines: Management Guidelines for General Practitioners (PDF), ISBN 0 7308 9334 0
- #MEAction; Nimmo, Sasha (14 Mar 2016), "Australians: Ask the Medical Research Council to Fund Studies", #MEAction
- Victoria Toulkidis; et al. (2002), "Supplement: Chronic fatigue syndrome", Med J Aust 2002, 176 (9): 17-55
- Royal Australasian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) (Mar 2015), Graded exercise therapy: chronic fatigue syndrome
- "articles about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome", Australian Family Physician
- Megan Arroll, Bruce Arroll (Apr 2013), "Chronic fatigue syndrome: A patient centred approach to management", Australian Family Practitioner
- Australian Medical Association (3 May 2004), Chronic fatigue sufferers beat blues with exercise
- #MEAction; Nimmo, Sasha (3 Mar 2016), "Australian Breakthrough on Diagnostic Blood Test", #MEAction
- #MEAction; Nimmo, Sasha (19 Aug 2015), "Australian Research into ME/CFS in Adolescents", #MEAction
- #MEAction; Nimmo, Sasha (12 Feb 2016), "Australian Health Dept Pins its Hopes on NIH Research", #MEAction
- #MEAction; Nimmo, Sasha (16 Nov 2015), "Australian Senator Questions Government on Lack of Action on ME", #MEAction
- Alison Hunter Memorial Foundation (website)