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Investing in research and treatment for ME/CFS

Myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a debilitating illness that affects most body systems including the nervous, immune, cardiac, gastrointestinal and endocrine systems.

It is conservatively thought that it affects between 0.4 and 1% of the Australian population – or between 10,000 and 26,000 Western Australians.

Some sufferers have attributed their symptoms to tick-borne illnesses, including Lyme Disease, which is not recognised by the Australian medical community.

INTERNATIONAL AWARENESS DAY FOR MYALGIC ENCEPHALOMYELITIS

HON ALISON XAMON (North Metropolitan) [9.46 pm]: I rise because members may wish to know that 12 May was the international awareness day for myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome and often referred to as ME/CFS. It was part of the #millionsmissing campaign. The #millionsmissing campaign is named in recognition of the many sufferers who are not visible within our community because of the debilitating nature of their illness and its symptoms.

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