National Health and Medical Research Council to set up expert advisory committee

Results of ME/CFS Program Awards from The National Institutes of Health (NIH)

$7m Awarded for ME/CFS Research from National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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What is ME/CFS?

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) is a severe, complex, acquired illness. Symptoms can include issues with; brain function, the gut, the immune, endocrine and cardiac systems.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of ME/CFS is difficult and more research needs to be undertaken. The condition is not well understood in the general community or in clinical professions. In fact, it is widely misunderstood and finding appropriate treatment and management tools is often very difficult.

Impact

The condition can have an extreme impact on a person and can limit their capacity to lead an independent, healthy and fulfilling life. Good management can help with some of the effects of the condition particularly in more mild/moderate cases, but there is no doubt that this condition changes the lives of those affected.

Support

It is vitally important to the well-being of people affected by ME/CFS that the condition be widely recognised. This will improve the availability and access to effective diagnosis, treatment and management. In the meantime there are services and supports available right now.

About Emerge Australia

That’s what Emerge Australia is here to do: advocate for, educate about, and provide information on this debilitating condition.

Be involved

If you would like to be involved in making a noise about ME/CFS, become a member or become a community activist right now.

Contribute to our Health Practitioner Database

Would you like to recommend a health practitioner who has experience diagnosing and treating ME/CFS? Please take our short Health Practitioner Survey, or visit the Health Practitioner Database page for more information.

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Unrest film

At 28, Harvard PhD student Jennifer Brea is about to marry the love of her life when she is struck down by a sudden fever that leaves her bedridden. Diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), Brea reaches out online and discovers a hidden community of millions who, like her, are confined at home by the ravages of ME.

Community screenings around Australia:

Oct 20 at 7:00pm Brunswick Secondary College, Brunswick VIC (more info)
Oct 21 at 2:00pm ME/CFS Association of NSW, Moore Park NSW (more info)
Oct 23 at 6:30pm ME/CFS Association of NSW, Moore Park NSW (more info)
Oct 28 at 6:30pm Turner English Language School, Camberwell VIC (more info)
Oct 29 at 4pm Henty Community Club, southern NSW. Enquiries: please contact Janet 0455912397
Nov 9 at 6:30pm University of South Australia Allan Scott Auditorium, Adelaide (more info)
Nov 11 at 5:00pm CFS/FM Support Group Newcastle District, Newcastle NSW (more info)
Nov 12 at 2:00pm Inner West Anglican Church, Kensington VIC (more info)

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