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Saturday 16 August 2014
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Speaker: Robyn Lingard
Saturday 22 November 2014
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South Australia 5007

266 Port Road,
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Ph: 1300 128 339

Office Hours:
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at the
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118 Richmond Road,
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Ph: (08) 8379 5711

ME/CFS Australia (SA) Inc supports the needs of sufferers of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and related illnesses. We do this by providing services and information to members.


ME/CFS Australia (SA) Inc aims to keep members informed of the various research projects, diets, medications, therapies etc. All communication, both verbal and written, is merely to disseminate information and not to make recommendations or directives.

Unless otherwise stated, the views expressed on this Web site are not necessarily the official views of the Society or its Committee and are not simply an endorsement of products or services.


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ME/CFS Diagnostic Criteria and Guidelines

www ME: International Consensus Criteria
(Journal of Internal Medicine, Aug 2011)

For GPs:
ME – Adult & Paediatric:
International Consensus Primer for Medical Practitioners
(PDF, 1.49 MB)


ME/CFS: A Clinical Case Definition and Guidelines for Medical Practitioners
– An Overview of the Canadian Consensus Document
(PDF, 1 MB)

  Note: See here for an overview on the Canadian Consensus Criteria for Fibromyalgia (PDF, 1.70 MB)


ME/CFS Guidelines for GPs
(South Australian Department of Health)
(English) (PDF, 460 KB)


ME/CFS Guidelines for GPs
(South Australian Department of Health)
(German) (PDF, 186 KB)


For Psychiatrists (in English):
CFS: Assessment and Treatment of Patients with ME/CFS – Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists
(Eleanor Stein MD FRCP[C], 2005)
(PDF, 460 KB)


For Psychiatrists (in German):
Chronic Fatigue Syndrom: Diagnose und Behandlung von Patienten mit ME/CFS – Klinische Leitlinien für Psychiater
(Eleanor Stein MD FRCP[C], 2005)
(PDF, 313 KB)

Australian ME/CFS Societies
ME/CFS Australia Ltd
Address: PO Box 7100 Dandenong VIC 3175
Phone: (03) 9793 4500
Fax: (03) 9793 1866
ACT ME/CFS Society, Inc
Address: c/o SHOUT, PO Box 717, Mawson ACT 2607
Phone: (02) 6290 1984
Fax: (02) 6290 4475
ME/CFS Society of NSW Inc
Postal address: PO Box 5403, West Chatswood NSW 1515
Office address: Suite 204, 10 Help Street, Chatswood NSW 2067
Phone: (02) 8006 7448
The ME/CFS & FM Association NSW
ME/CFS Australia (Northern Territory)
Address: PO Box 120, Prahran, VIC 3181
Reception: (03) 9529 1344
Support Line: (03) 9529 1600
ME/CFS/FM Support Association Qld Inc
Address: 27 Scott Street, Toowoomba Qld 4350
Phone: (07) 4632 8173
Phone: (07) 4659 5239
ME/CFS Australia (SA) Inc
Postal address: PO Box 28, Hindmarsh SA 5007
Address: 266 Port Road, Hindmarsh SA 5007
Phone: (08) 8346 3237 ('834 MECFS')
Support line: (08) 8346 3237 or 1300 128 339 for country callers
ME/CFS Australia (Tasmania)
Address: PO Box 120, Prahran, VIC 3181
Reception: (03) 9529 1344
Support Line: (03) 9529 1600
ME/CFS Australia (Victoria)
Office address: 2/240 Chapel Street, Prahran, VIC, 3181
Postal address: PO Box 120, Prahran, VIC 3181
Reception: (03) 9529 1344
Support Line: (03) 9529 1600
The ME/CFS Society of WA (Inc)
Address: The Centre for Neurological Support, The Niche, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands, Perth WA 6009
Phone: (08) 9346 7477
Fax: (08) 9346 7534


List of Australian ME/CFS organisations
(PDF, 19 KB)


List of Australian ME/CFS organisations (Word, 41 KB)



Angela beats the odds to finish 800-mile motorcycle challenge

International news

Friday 22 August 2014


From Irish newspaper the Ulster Star:

Angela Whitla with Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor Andrew Ewing
Angela Whitla with
Mayor of Lisburn,
Councillor Andrew Ewing,
at the start of her 800-mile
motorcycle challenge.

Angela beats the odds to finish 800-mile motorcycle challenge

Published on the 17 August 2014 09:12

A Kinallen woman has beaten the odds to complete an 800-mile motorcycle challenge taking her across the island of Ireland and back home in six days.

Exhausted and in pain, Angela Whitla (50) arrived home after making her way from Lisburn to Waterford to Limerick to Enniskillen and then throughout Northern Ireland, stopping at Londonderry, Coleraine, Carrickfergus and elsewhere.

Having for more than 20 years battled with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, self-harming and depression, Angela, also lately diagnosed with fibromyalgia, undertook the challenge to raise funds for three charities, namely Aware Defeat Depression, PIPS suicide prevention and FMS/ME Awareness NI.

Read more…


'Forgotten' UK ME sufferers given new hope as charity hits cash target for clinical drug trials

International news

Thursday 21 August 2014


From UK newspaper Mancunian Matters:


'Forgotten' Manchester ME sufferers given new hope as charity hits cash target for clinical drug trials

By Georgina Sykes
17 Aug 2014 - 06:20AM

ME sufferers across Greater Manchester have been given a timely boost, after a charity raised £350,000 to trial a drug on usually used to treat some forms of cancer.

The charity Invest In ME have raised the cash towards a clinical trial of Rituximab, a drug also used by arthritis sufferers.

Greater Manchester charity Bury/Bolton ME/CFS Support Group fully supports the trial, hoping it will bring about more treatment options for ME sufferers.

Read more…


Emily is the secret to mum's success

International news

Wednesday 20 August 2014


From Scottish newspaper The (Erskine) Gazette:

Hazel Toal with her daughter Emily
Hazel Toal with her
daughter Emily

Emily is the secret to mum’s success

Published: 7 Aug 2014 11:00

WHEN policewoman Hazel Toal was struck down with chronic fatigue syndrome, it was a battle just to get out of bed.

Having spent the last three years of her life worrying about her daughter Emily — who was about to undergo heart surgery for the second time — the mum-of-one felt exhausted by the pressures of life.

ME (myalgic encephalopathy) made work difficult for Hazel and forced her to give up some of the many sports she loved. However, one year on, the 43-year-old has bounced back — by setting herself a series of gruelling fitness challenges.

Read more…


Celiac symptoms in Fibromyalgia patients

International news

Tuesday 19 August 2014


From ProHealth:


Celiac Symptoms in Fibromyalgia Patients
August 15, 2014

Celiac symptoms in patients with fibromyalgia: a cross-sectional study.

By Juan Miguel García-Leiva, et al.


Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome associated with numerous somatic symptoms including gastrointestinal manifestations of nonspecific nature. Celiac disease and nongluten sensitivity frequently evolve in adults with gastrointestinal and extraintestinal symptoms similar to those found among patients with fibromyalgia.

The objective of the present study was to evaluate the presence of celiac-type symptoms among patients with fibromyalgia in comparison with healthy subjects and with those experienced by adult celiac patients and subjects with gluten sensitivity.

A list of typical celiac-type symptoms was developed, comparing the frequency of presentation of these symptoms between patients with fibromyalgia (N = 178) and healthy subjects (N = 131), in addition to those of celiac patients and gluten-sensitive patients reported in the literature.

Read more…


New UK Fibromyalgia group offers support to sufferers

International news

Monday 18 August 2014


From UK news outlet the Buckingham Advertiser:

Julie Moore
Julie Moore has set up a
support group for those
with Fibromyalgia

New fibromyalgia group offers support to sufferers

Published on the 15 August 2014, 12:31

A post office worker with an ‘invisible illness’ has set up a support group to help others with the same condition.

Julie Moore, 40, pictured, has felt pain and stiffness in her muscles every day since being diagnosed with fibromyalgia (FM) after a fall in 2011.

She slipped, dislocated her elbow and broke her wrist but when the pain remained months later, Julie was told she had the disabling condition.

The unpredictable pains forced her to quit her job as a hairdresser after 14 years and she now works part-time at Brackley Post Office.

Julie, who lives in Hawkins Close, Brackley, said: “It affects the whole body from nerves to muscles.

“I have very bad pain and stiffness and you get irritable bowel problems too. They call it the invisible illness.”

Read more…


Woman builds herself a gorgeous, tiny, healthy, "chemical free" house

International news

Sunday 17 August 2014


From TreeHugger:

My Chemical Free House
© My Chemical Free House

Woman builds herself a gorgeous, tiny, healthy, "chemical free" house

Lloyd Alter
Design / Tiny Houses

August 12, 2014

Flame retardants, formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds shouldn't be in any of our houses, but for those with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), they are a disaster. The tiny house concept has been a godsend for not a few people suffering from MCS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME), Fibromyalgia and other auto-immune illnesses; it gives them a chance to live in a home that is built without any of the paints, glues, plastics and chemicals that they react to, usually in a place far away from pollution and other irritants.

It's not easy to do. Corinne suffers from severe reactions to chemicals, and built her own tiny house out of carefully selected and tested materials. It is a lovely modern design, but it is also really healthy. She not only researched all the materials, tested them, and built a house out of them, but she has created a terrific blog documenting it, with extensive resources for others suffering from the same sensitivities. None of this was easy.

"Much research has gone into this site as I found it difficult to find out what really is in the materials that were going into my new house. Information from other blogs has been fact-checked. Books, Material Safety Date Sheets, consultants for the chemically sensitive, and environmental organizations have greatly informed my posts."

Read more…


Society seminar reminder

South Australian news

Saturday 16 August 2014


ME/CFS Australia (SA) IncA reminder that the society's next seminar will be held today (Saturday, 16 August 2014) at 12:30pm.

Here are the details:


The speaker will be Robyn Lingard, accredited mental health social worker individual and couple therapist.

Robin's talk will be:

"Can relationships survive when one partner has ME/CFS? If so, how can the relationship strengthen?"

Based on her recent postgraduate research, Robyn has identified a number of keys to building friendship, intimacy, problem-solving skills, and resiliency in couple relationships. After all, great people deserve great relationships. This presentation may also be of interest to extended family and friendship networks who support sufferers of CFS and their partners"

Robyn has recently had her research published in The Family Journal.

Read more…


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