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Society Seminars for 2020
Saturday 28 March 2020
Time: 2pm
Speaker: to be announced
Topic: to be announced
Venue: Unley Community Centre

Saturday 25 July 2020
Time: 2pm
Speaker: to be announced
Topic: to be announced
Venue: Unley Community Centre

Saturday 28 November 2020
Time: 2pm
Speaker: to be announced
Topic: to be announced
Venue: Unley Community Centre
Details for all seminars coming soon…

ME/CFS Diagnostic Criteria and Guidelines

www ME: International Consensus Criteria
(Journal of Internal Medicine, Aug 2011)
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For GPs:
ME/CFS Primer for Clinical Practioners - 2014 Edition

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ME/CFS Guidelines for GPs
(SA Department of Health)

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ME/CFS Guidelines for psychiatrists

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ME/CFS: A Clinical Case Definition and Guidelines for Medical Practitioners
– An Overview of the Canadian Consensus Document
(2005)

  Note: See here for an overview on the Canadian Consensus Criteria for Fibromyalgia (PDF, 1.70 MB)
 
Australian ME/CFS Societies
AUSTRALIA
ME/CFS Australia Ltd.
Web: mecfs.org.au
Email: mecfsaustralia@gmail.com
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
ACT ME/CFS Society, Inc
Address: PO Box 717, Mawson ACT 2607
Phone: (02) 6290 1984
Fax: (02) 6290 4475
Web: www.mecfscanberra.org.au
Email: mecfsadmin@shout.org.au
NEW SOUTH WALES
ME/CFS & FM Association NSW
Web: www.mecfsnsw.org
Facebook: ME/CFS & FM NSW Support Group
Facebook: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome NSW
QUEENSLAND
ME/CFS/FM Support Association Qld Inc
Address: c/o Mission Department, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Toowoomba Qld 4350
Phone: (07) 4632 8173
Web: www.mecfsfmq.org.au
Email: mefmtba@bigpond.com
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ME/CFS South Australia Inc
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South Australia 5092
Support line: 1300 128 339
Web: www.sacfs.asn.au
Email: sacfs@sacfs.asn.au
VIC/TAS/NT
Emerge Australia
Web: emerge.org.au
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
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
Web: www.mecfswa.org.au
Email: info@mecfswa.org.au

 

ME/CFS South Australia Inc Co-Signs International Open Letter

South Australian news

Monday 17 February 2020

 

ME/CFS Australia (SA) Inc
 

ME/CFS South Australia Inc has signed an open letter to the journal Psychological Medicine asking for the 2013 PACE paper to be retracted.

By Deborah Marlin, Committee Member
Originally published on 30 March 2017

No doubt you will remember the PACE trial, a research study conducted in the UK looking at the effectiveness of GET (graded exercise therapy) and CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) in the treatment of ME/CFS.

In 2013 the research team published a paper in the journal Psychological Medicine, in which they stated that each of these treatments led to recovery in 22% of patients, compared with only 7% in a comparison group. The two treatments, they concluded, offered patients “the best chance of recovery.”

There has been much criticism of the research methods used in this study from other researchers and from the ME/CFS community. ME/CFS South Australia Inc, also, has serious concerns about methodological design flaws in the PACE trial.

 

Read more…

 
 
 

Donate To SAHMRI

South Australian news

Monday 17 February 2020

From the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI):

 

SAHMRI
 

Donate To SAHMRI

Your support can help improve the lives of people suffering with ME/CFS

Can You Help?

Can you imagine living every day where every system in the body is affected so that you become housebound or bedridden?

On Sunday, 12 May the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) joined a global day of action campaign to raise awareness and funding for Dr Michael Musker's research studies in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS).

Your generous donation today will transform the lives of over 100,000 Australians living with this debilitating disease.

"We aim to complete meaningful clinical research projects in collaboration with the ME/CFS community that will enhance the scientific knowledge, developing evidence that can grow over time, and be shared through publication enhancing the international research in this space. It is our vision to promote evidence of biological changes in those who are suffering from ME/CFS at different stages of wellness. Informing diagnostic intelligence and enhancing biological exploration of ME/CFS."
– Dr Mike Musker.

 

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Participants Needed For Online Survey

South Australian news

Monday 17 February 2020

 

From The CONVERSATIONS Project (via email):

 

The Conversations Project
 

Consumer Expectations & Experiences of the Health Care System – An International Study

The CONVERSATIONS Project
Originally published January 30, 2017

Do you want your voice to be heard?

Participants are needed for an online survey (about 20 mins). Researchers from University of SA and Flinders University are looking to understand consumer health care needs.

Your support in this study will help us to understand your health care needs, determine how responsive your health system is to your needs, and identify areas where health systems could improve to better serve these needs. In appreciation you will be invited to enter a draw to win one of 10 x AU$50 Visa Cards. You will also have the opportunity to receive a copy of the findings.

The survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CONVERSATIONS-2016.

For more information go to www.conversations-project.info.

#MECFS #MECFSResearch

 
 
 

The Brave Mum Who Lives With Chronic Pain And Is Told Her Illness Isn't Real

International news

Sunday 16 February 2020

 

From UK news outlet GloucestershireLive:

 

Heather Martin-Goff
Heather, 41, with her fibromyalgia medication.
 

The brave mum who lives with chronic pain and is told her illness isn't real

Heather has suffered from the condition which causes intense chronic pain for the past 20 years and she is still being told that her illness is not real

By Debora Aru and Jessica Mercer Digital Journalist
7 February 2020
© 2020 Local World.

"It's all in your head." That's what Heather Martin-Goff was told by her doctor when she said her whole body was in pain.

Despite suffering from intense chronic pain for nearly 20 years, Heather, 41, is still being told that her illness is not real.

"Every single doctor I have seen, apart from one, has told me that my condition is not real" she says. "They mention my weight or how much I exercise and they don't listen to me."

Heather suffers from fibromyalgia, a condition causing intense pain around the body, on differing scales from person to person.

For Heather, her fibromyalgia means she is in pain every day - with some days better than others.

Most mornings, Heather is woken up by pain, if she is able to sleep at all.

She says: "A bad day is me in bed, with lots of medications.

"Then that can last for weeks and weeks. You just feel so exhausted and the smallest movement can cause pain."

 

Full article…

 
 
 

Petition: Fix The Issues With Accessing The Disability Support Pension

Australian news

Sunday 16 February 2020

 

From Jake Bailey on Change.org:

 

Centrelink is broken
 

Fix the issues with accessing the Disability Support Pension

Jake Bailey started this petition to Minister for Veterans' Affairs Hon. Dan Tehan MP and 3 others
1 March 2018

The current process for people suffering from chronic illness and disability to access social services is flawed in Australia. With waiting times exceeding 9 months for people to be assessed for the Disability Support Pension (DSP) it is forcing those living with a disability in some cases to live a lifesstyle that puts them below the poverty line and is causing immense emotional hardship.

 

Full article…

 
 
 

Petition: #NotEnoughForME

International news

Saturday 15 February 2020

 

From ME Action:

 

#NotEnoughForME
 

#NotEnoughForME

© 2019 The Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Action Network, All Right Reserved.

Join with #MEAction, and tell the NIH Institute Director, Dr. Walter Koroshetz, that his “plan” for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) is NOT ENOUGH.

This plan is not funded enough, not outcomes-focused enough and not urgent enough for a disease that has been neglected, stigmatized, and misdirected for over 30 years! We cannot wait several more decades to start the work. The NIH must allocate resources NOW to accelerate research!

#MEAction has sent the following letter to Dr. Koroshetz calling on him to take these five actions now:

  1. Provide set-aside funding for ME to accelerate research

  2. Organize meeting of ME experts to reach consensus on patient selection methods and criteria

  3. Fund the identification and validation of biomarkers

  4. Fund a clinical trials network and treatment trials

  5. Address disease stigma and lack of clinicians impeding research

 

Full petition…

 
 
 

Derry Author Claire Allan: Fibromyalgia Won't Stop Me Achieving My Dreams

International news

Friday 14 February 2020

 

From The Irish News:

 

Claire Allan
Claire Allan – I've learned to work with it.
(Picture by Margaret McLaughlin)
 

Derry author Claire Allan: Fibromyalgia won't stop me achieving my dreams

Derry author Claire Allan is coming to terms with a diagnosis of the condition fibromyalgia, the central symptom of which is chronic pain

By Maureen Coleman
13 February 2020
Copyright © 2020 The Irish News. All rights reserved.

WHEN Derry author Claire Allan began experiencing pain in both her hands four years ago, she initially put it down to a flu-like virus working on her. A newspaper journalist at the time, whose work entailed taking shorthand notes and typing up stories, having sore hands was an huge inconvenience.

But when no cold or flu developed and the pain continued to cause problems, the mum-of-two sought the advice of her doctor. Blood tests showed her inflammatory markers were slightly raised but everything else appeared normal.

After developing pains in her legs and her hips which hindered her mobility, Claire found herself having to walk with the aid of a stick. Fed up and frustrated, she was referred to a rheumatologist who diagnosed her with with fibromyalgia, a condition which causes widespread pain throughout the body as well as sleep problems, fatigue, brain fog, depression and digestive issues.

Now a full-time author, who published her fourth psychological thriller, The Liar's Daughter, just last month, Claire (43) is still coming to terms with the diagnosis and adapting her lifestyle to help her cope with the ongoing symptoms.

 

Full article…

 
 
 

Chronic Illness Manifesto Survey

International news

Friday 14 February 2020

 

From the UK's Chronic Illness Inclusion Project:

 

Chronic Illness Inclusion Project
 

Chronic Illness manifesto survey

About this survey

This is our first major survey capturing the experiences and views of people living with chronic illness. This is an opportunity to stand up (or lie down) and be counted and have your voice heard. Your responses will inform our chronic illness manifesto for change.

This survey is open to anyone with a long-term health condition or impairment that restricts their day to day life.

The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete. You can complete it in stages, coming back to where you left off. Please take breaks when you need to. We appreciate the effort surveys like this can take, and your answers are incredibly valuable. The more responses we get, the stronger our case for change.

The Chronic Illness Inclusion Project is a research project led by people with chronic illness and supported by the Centre for Welfare Reform. It is part of the DRILL programme of disability research and is funded by Big Lottery Fund. Find out more about DRILL here.

 

Begin the survey here…

 
 
 

Fight Fatigue And Fibromyalgia Event Comes To Limerick This February

International news

Thursday 13 February 2020

 

From Irish news outlet I Love Limerick:

 

Woman
 

Fight Fatigue and Fibromyalgia event comes to Limerick This February

By Richard Lynch
February 7, 2020
Copyright © 2020 I Love Limerick. All rights reserved.

At this Fibromyalgia event, practical life solutions, coping strategies and support for symptom control are all offered to sufferers, their extended family and friends and a wider audience.

Fight Fatigue and Fibromyalgia event comes to Limerick This February

In 2015 Fibromyalgia was recognized by the World Health Organization as an official long-term illness affecting 20% of the global population, this illness affects as many as 2% of the Irish population, with no official recognition or direct subvention in its primary care by the Irish Government.

With upcoming elections and in a pitch to create awareness, whilst invoking national change, a group of Limerick healthcare professionals, namely the Ambassador for Arthritis Ireland and the Nutritional Therapists Organisation of Ireland (NTOI), have rallied together to create an awareness event that takes this illusive illness ‘Out Of The Dark.’

The event takes place on Tuesday, February 25 at Castletroy Park Hotel and is entitled ‘Fight Fatigue and Fibromyalgia’.

 

Full article…

 
 
 

Fibromyalgia Study Seeking Participants To Complete An Online Survey

International news

Thursday 13 February 2020

 

From ProHealth:

 

Woman with tablet
 

Fibromyalgia Study Seeking Participants To Complete An Online Survey

ProHealth.com
October 1, 2019
Copyright © 2019 ProHealth, Inc. All rights reserved.

Editor’s note: Do you feel like some people treat you differently because you have fibromyalgia? And if you take an opioid medication to help ease your pain, do you feel like people are judging you?

Researchers Drs. Andrea Pfalzgraf and Kim Jones are looking into whether people with fibromyalgia feel invalidated or stigmatized, and if so, how that is affecting their lives. If you have fibromyalgia, you can help them by filling out their survey and sharing your experiences.

Have you experienced stigma related to having Fibromyalgia?

National University of Natural Medicine, University of Washington, and Linfield College is conducting research on the topic of invalidation and stigma in adults who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Invalidation refers to “discounting” and a “lack of understanding” which people with fibromyalgia receive from their social environment.

The purpose of this study is to gather information from adults who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia about the following:

  1. Perceptions of Invalidation
  2. Perceptions of Opioid-Related Stigma

This study involves completing a one-time, online survey which should take about 30 minutes. Please note the survey is completely confidential and no personal identification of your information can be made. Your participation is essential to understand the impact of invalidation and stigma on people with fibromyalgia, particularly in relationship to using opioid pain medications. Your input will provide valuable information which will enhance scientific literature and may ultimately help improve patient care and treatment outcomes.

If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact the Principal Investigator, Andrea R. Pfalzgraf, MPH, PhD at apfalzgraf@nunm.edu.

Please click on the link below (or copy and paste into a new browser) to complete the fibromyalgia survey and share your experiences.

https://survey.iad1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bdwWcD2Pvpscd8x

Thank you in advance for you time and input!

Dr. Andrea R. Pfalzgraf, PhD, MPH
Research Fellow
National University of Natural Medicine & University of Washington

Dr. Kimberly Dupree Jones, PhD, FNP-BC, RN, FAAN
Dean & Professor
Linfield College, School of Nursing

 

Full article…

 
 
 

'The Victimisation Was Horrible': Why Are So Many Disabled Lawyers Treated Badly?

International news

Wednesday 12 February 2020

 

From UK newspaper The Guardian:

 

Woman in wheelchair
Long working hours, stress and bullying can
compound existing problems for disabled lawyers.
(Photograph: Robert Kneschke/Alamy.)
 

'The victimisation was horrible': why are so many disabled lawyers treated badly?

A new study says that more than half of disabled lawyers have experienced bullying or discrimination at work

By Abby Young-Powell
Tuesday 11 February 2020
© 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved.

When Isobel Rogers, 29, who has chronic fatigue syndrome and myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), was offered her first job at a law firm she was “thrilled and really optimistic”. But it wasn’t long before the bullying started. Rogers told her new employer about her disability and asked for reasonable adjustments, which included a request to occasionally leave the office before 7pm. “After that [my managers] would deliberately schedule meetings at 6.55pm,” she says. “When I did leave the office earlier, as agreed, I’d get texts saying I had to go back. I’d be in pain, fatigued, and alarmed by the way the situation was escalating, but I’d have to go.”

The long working hours and stress made Rogers’s pain worse. “I felt completely hopeless,” she says. “I was waking up at 4am with the worst pain I’ve ever had. It was worse than when I had brain surgery, but the victimisation was the most horrible thing.” She left after just a few months.

More than half of disabled lawyers have experienced “ill treatment” such as bullying or discrimination in the workplace, and most say it was because of their disability, according to research by Legally Disabled, a copartnership between Cardiff University and the Law Society. The research was based on 55 interviews and nearly 300 survey responses, making it the largest study of its kind in the UK. Many respondents said they had experienced “ridiculing or demeaning language” (40%) and “exclusion or victimisation” (47%).

 

Full article…

 
 
 

Rock Off Fibro CD Released At HMV Stores As Deeside Couple Continue Their Fight Against Fibromyalgia

International news

Tuesday 11 February 2020

 

From UK newspaper The Leader:

 

David Williams and Jackie
David Williams and Jackie.
 

Rock off Fibro CD released at HMV stores as Deeside couple continue their fight against Fibromyalgia

By Aaliyah Rugg
Reporter
9th February 2020
©Copyright 2001-2020.

A DEESIDE couple continue to fight for those who are suffering with chronic pain.

David Williams, 50, of Connah’s Quay, started fundraising around three years ago after his wife Jackie was diagnosed with fibromyalgia – and Rock off Fibro was born.

Fibromyalgia is a lifelong, incurable condition that causes constant pain throughout the body and the initial idea was to raise funds to open a health centre in Deeside to help those with the condition.

Progress was made in setting up a centre, however, the building was subsequently taken over by the NHS.

David explained: “Originally raising funds for a health centre in Deeside, we had got that going but it stopped, the NHS took the centre over. We are now going to start to either raise funds for the Walton Centre or look at donating to other good causes related to fibro. We can help pay for these people that need specialist treatment.”

 

Full article…

 
 
 

Study: Impact Of Fatigue In CFS – Call For Research Participants

Australian news

Tuesday 11 February 2020

 

From the University of Tasmania (via email):

 

University of Tasmania
 

Impact of Fatigue in CFS

Call for Research Participants
Aged between 18 and 65 years

We are looking for volunteers with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or healthy individuals without CFS to take part in a study inevstigating fatigue and its impact on everyday functioning.

As a participant, you will be asked to complete an online survey, which will ask you questions about your CFS, your experience with CFS and your everyday functioning. The questionnaire should take between 40 and 70 minutes to complete.

Participation in this study is entirely voluntary.

To volunteer or for further information please click on the link or use your QR scanner to complete the following screening questionnaire:

www.surveymonkey.com/r/F523WCY

Impact of Fatigue in CFS - Study

Contact: Ms Kate Donnelly (kated@utas.edu.au)
OR Dr Cynthia Honan (cynthia.honana@utas.edu.au)
College of Health & Medicine, University of Tasmania

This study has been approved by the Tasmanian Health and Medical Human Research Ethics Committee.

 

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