Geoffrey Hallmann

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Geoffrey Peter Hallmann is an Australian patient, advocate and researcher. A former solicitor, Hallmann was diagnosed in April 1998 and is the current chair of ME/CFS Australia Ltd. He holds honours degrees in business (Accounting/Data Processing) and law, masters in law, public health and clinical epidemiology, as well as diplomas in legal practice and financial planning. In 2017 he commenced a Masters of Public Health at Griffith University and graduated in March 2022. His thesis was entitled “Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Stigma: A Visual Framing Analysis of Online News Media and Stock Image Platforms”, supervised by Prof. Sonia Marshall-Gradisnik and Prof Don Staines. He received an award for Academic Excellence for the year following submission of the thesis.

Research[edit | edit source]

Hallmann was completing a PhD entitled Persons with ME/CFS: An Examination of Health Issues and Relationships with Social Institutions in Australia at Southern Cross University, under supervision by Dr. Rosanne Coutts and Dr. Yvonne Hartman. He commenced his PhD in 2004. Since 2013 he has been on hiatus. He has presented a number of abstracts at the IACFSME Conferences in 2011 (Ottawa), 2014 (San Francisco), 2016 (Fort Lauderdale) and 2021 (Virtual Conference) which covered a broad range of social and legal issues. The papers presented were:

- ME/CFS: Harsh Realities of the Real World (2011)

- ME/CFS in a Legal Context (2011)

-ME/CFS: A Conceptual Framework for Advocacy (2011)

- ME/CFS: First Do No Harm (2011)

- ME/CFS: Bullying and Mobbing in the Context of Social Interactions (2011)

- ME/CFS: Trauma in the Context of Social Institutions (2014)

- ME/CFS: Institutional Dependence (2014)

- ME/CFS: Social Security Accessibility and Experiences (2014)

- ME/CFS: Discrimination Within Social Institutions (2016)

- ME/CFS: Role of Volunteerism (2016)

- ME/CFS: Experiences of the Insurance Safety Net (2016)

- ME/CFS Dependence on Social Institutions: Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation (2021)

- ME/CFS and Institutional Betrayal: Impact of Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation (2021)

- Misrepresentation of ME/CFS in Media Images (2021)

He has presented a number of times at the NCNED International Conference for ME/CFS. The presentations were entitled:

- ME/CFS: NDIS and the Disability Hurdle (2018)

- Australian ME/CFS Research: A Primer for Social and Public Health Issues (2021)

These papers are available at Academia profile and ResearchGate profile.

Advocacy[edit | edit source]

Hallmann has been advocating for 20 years. In 2016 he joined to the board of ME/CFS Australia Ltd and in 2017 became chair.

Online presence[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.

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