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Mailing address:
PO Box 28,
South Australia 5007

266 Port Road,
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Ph: 1300 128 339

Office Hours:
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Fibromyalgia SA
at the
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118 Richmond Road,
Marleston 5033
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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Society Seminars for 2015
Saturday 14 February 2015
Speaker: Dr Roger Spizzo, Prospect Medical Centre
Topic: "The Fatigue Spectrum and the Gut"
Saturday 13 June 2015
Saturday 8 August 2015
Saturday 14 November 2015
Details for all seminars…

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: c/o Mission Department, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Toowoomba Qld 4350
Phone: (07) 4632 8173
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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)



Fibromyalgia Flares: A Qualitative Analysis

South Australian news

Monday 1 February 2015


ME/CFS Australia (SA) IncOur first seminar for 2015 is on St Valentine's Day, Saturday 14 February at 1:30 pm.

The speaker will be Dr Roger Spizzo. His topic will be "The Fatigue Spectrum and the Gut."

Dr Spizzo is an ACNEM General Practitioner at the Prospect Medical Centre.

Dr Spizzo's main professional interests as an Integrated GP are: all areas of nutritional medicine, bio-identical hormones, gut dysfunction, and fatigue states.

As a member of the Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, he will discuss the fatigue spectrum in relation to the digestive system.

We expect it to be a very interesting seminar and hope to see you there.

Read more…


BBC Documentary Series Features ME/CFS And Fibromyalgia Sufferers

International news

Sunday 1 February 2015


Operation Meet The Street

A recent episode of the BBC One documentary series about loneliness, Operation Meet the Street, featured ME/CFS sufferer Kate, and Fibromyalgia sufferer Simon.

The segment on Kate begins at 4:22.

The segment on Simon begins at 17:22.

Operation Meet The Street, Episode 4 (18 December 2014):

Read more…


A Life Of Helping Women

South Australian news

Saturday 31 January 2015


From South Australian newspaper the Eastern Courier Messenger:

Effy Kleanthi
Effy Kleanthi has been
awarded an OAM for her
social work and position
on NP&SP Council.
(Picture: Tricia Watkinson)

A Life Of Helping Women

Eugene Boisvert
Eastern Courier Messenger
28 Jan 2015

THE difference between the opportunities afforded to her mother and grandmother in Greece and her life in Australia inspired Effy Kleanthi to improve women’s lives at home and away.

Mrs Kleanthi, 55, of Norwood, was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) on Australia Day.

The award recognises Mrs Kleanthi’s work with the UN’s Development Fund for Women, as a social worker and as a Norwood, Payneham & St Peters councillor from 2000 to 2006.

Read more…


Patients With RA, Fibromyalgia Less Likely To Achieve Remission, Low Disease Activity

International news

Friday 30 January 2015


From Healio Rheumatology:


Patients with RA, fibromyalgia less likely to achieve remission, low disease activity

By Shirley Pulawski
January 28, 2015

Patients with both rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia were less likely to achieve remission or low disease activity scores, according to finding presented recently.

The study comprised 697 individuals with rheumatoid arthritis from the ESPOIR cohort, a 10-year follow-up study of patients with early arthritis in France. Patients were recently diagnosed with early arthritis and not had not received disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs. Of the 697, 120 were diagnosed with fibromyalgia (FM) at baseline.

Read more…


Knowing M.E., Knowing You

International news

Thursday 29 January 2015


From The Huffington Post U.K.:

The Huffington Post

Knowing M.E, Knowing You

By Stephen Tudor
Editor of The Daisy Cutter and occasional eater of dairy.
Posted: 26/01/2015 17:41 GMT
Updated: 26/01/2015 17:59 GMT

Fifteen years ago I came down with the flu that turned into a prolonged post-viral thingy which was eventually diagnosed as M.E. I recall being very relieved at the news as I feared it might be something long-term.

Basic research in the time of dial-up and land-lines revealed that this was a woefully misunderstood condition that only seemed to strike middle-class teens called Rachel or Isabelle and whose existence was actively disbelieved by many. This last part was more than a little confusing to me.

From being a normal lad who went out clubbing, drinking, watching City and failing hopelessly with girls I now found myself waking each morning with red stinging eyes as if I'd been up for three days straight. My head would be swirling with a thick pea souper that Jack the Ripper could run amok in while my legs were aflame with agony. I barely had enough strength to lift a brew and generally felt like I'd gone ten rounds with Carl Froch after calling his girlfriend a minger. All this struck each and every day in the first few minutes of consciousness and it usually went downhill fast from there. Yet apparently it was all a figment of my imagination.

Read more…


IACFS/ME Chides NIH For Inadequate Funding

International news

Wednesday 28 January 2015


From ProHealth:

Money (US)

IACFS/ME Chides NIH for Inadequate Funding
January 27, 2015

On December 9 and 10, 2014, the Pathways to Prevention (P2P) workshop was held on the NIH campus, in Bethesda, Maryland. The workshop was sponsored by the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), which is the division of the NIH responsible for ME/CFS. The purpose of the workshop was to identify gaps in ME/CFS research, and to address key questions about incidence, prevalence, diagnosis and subtyping.

The P2P published its Draft Report on December 18, 2014. The public was invited to submit comments until January 16, 2015. Many individuals and organizations had criticisms of the Draft Report, which they formally submitted. You can read some of these comments on Jennie Spotila’s blog, Occupy CFS.

The International Association of CFS/ME (IACFS/ME) is the largest international group the largest international group of clinicians, researchers, and other professionals dedicated to the care and research of patients with ME/CFS. Their membership includes all of the major clinicians and researchers in the field.

Read more…


New US Public Transport Ads Focus On Fibromyalgia And Other Invisible Disabilities

International news

Tuesday 27 January 2015


From EmaxHealth:

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority logo

New metro ads focus on fibromyalgia and other invisible disabilities

By Lana Bandoim
2015-01-09 22:28

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is focusing on people with health problems and disabilities that may not be visible to others. A new group of ads has been created with help from the Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) to remind people to leave seats open for others. It is a positive step for the people who use the metro in Washington D.C. and cannot find a seat despite their disability.

The priority seats meant to be used by people with disabilities are often taken by others who refuse to give them up. If a person has an invisible illness such as fibromyalgia, then it is almost impossible to convince others to move. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has released ads that state: “Not all disabilities are visible. That's why it's important to keep priority seating clear at all times.” These reminders are meant to help people who need the seats and often cannot get them.

Read more…


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