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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.

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Society Seminars for 2015
Saturday 14 February 2015
Speaker: Dr Roger Spizzo, from Prospect Medical Centre
Topic: "The Fatigue Spectrum and the Gut"
Saturday 13 June 2015
Speaker: Skye Cibich, Accredited Exercise Physiologist from Adelaide Exercise Physiology
Saturday 8 August 2015
Speaker: Stelios Soulis, dietitian with Nutrition Health Experts at Mile End
Saturday 14 November 2015
Annual General Meeting
Speaker: Dr Peter Tunbridge
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)



Study Finds Medical Marijuana Safe And Effective For Chronic Pain Relief

International news

Saturday 10 October 2015


From Fibromyalgia News Today:


Study Finds Medical Marijuana Safe And Effective For Chronic Pain Relief

Charles Moore
October 5th, 2015

In a national multicenter study investigating the safety of medical cannabis use by patients suffering from chronic pain, a research team led by Dr. Mark Ware from the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) in Montreal, Canada has found that chronic pain patients who used cannabis daily for one year, when carefully monitored, had no increase in serious adverse events compared to pain patients who did not use cannabis. The study results, which have been published online in The Journal of Pain, will serve as a benchmark study on cannabis side effects of when used for pain management.

The Journal of Pain Open Access paper, entitled “Cannabis for the Management of Pain: Assessment of Safety Study (COMPASS)“ (The Journal of Pain, 2015; DOI:, is coauthored by Mark A. Ware, MBBS MRCP MS, Tongtong Wang, BMed PhD, Stan Shapiro, PhD, Jean-Paul Collet, MD PhD, Aline Boulanger, MD, John M. Esdaile, MD, Allan Gordon, MD, Mary Lynch, MD, Dwight E. Moulin, MD, and Colleen OConnell, MD.

The coauthors note that cannabis is widely used as a self-management strategy by patients with a wide range of symptoms and diseases including chronic noncancer pain, but the safety of cannabis use for medical purposes has not been systematically evaluated.

Read more…


Fibromyalgia Aggravates Pain And Cognitive Capabilities Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients

International news

Friday 9 October 2015


From Fibromyalgia News Today:


Fibromyalgia Aggravates Pain and Cognitive Capabilities of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients

Bruno Castro, PhD
October 7th, 2015

A team of researchers from Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the University of Antwerp, in Belgium, found that fibromyalgia increases the disability of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients. The study entitled “Associations Between Cognitive Performance and Pain in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Comorbidity with Fibromyalgia Does Matter” was recently published in the Pain Physician journal.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating and complex disorder characterized by continuous extreme fatigue that is not alleviated by bed rest, interfering with a person’s well-being. The majority of CFS patients also present widespread and persistent musculoskeletal pain. These symptoms are also the hallmark of fibromyalgia, a chronic disorder of unknown etiology. Fatigue, sleep disturbances, mood disturbances and cognitive dysfunctions are other symptoms shared by CFS and fibromyalgia. Indeed, researchers have shown that CFS patients with and without fibromyalgia have worse cognitive capabilities than healthy persons. In this work, authors investigated the relationship between cognitive performance and self-reported and experimental pain measurements in FCS patients with or without fibromyalgia.

Read more…


UK Mum Is Learning To Live With An Incurable Condition

International news

Thursday 8 October 2015


From UK newspaper the Swindon Advertiser:

Julie Cushion
ME sufferer Julie Cushion
(Photo: Dave Cox)

Swindon mum is learning to live with an incurable condition

Marion Sauvebois
Tuesday 6 October 2015

More than a decade after the ‘hidden illness’ took over her life, turning the simplest task into a Herculean effort, ME sufferer Julie Cushion is resolved to shed light on her often misunderstood condition. She talks to MARION SAUVEBOIS

JULIE Cushion imagines her life as a jagged timeline splintered mid-length leaving two disconnected strands: before and after ME.

“Nothing was ever the same after I got ME,” admits the 47-year-old from Gorse Hill.

“You keep wondering ‘Why me?’ Everything I took for granted was gone. You just can’t walk away from it. You reach the lowest point in your life and have to work your way back up.”

Read more…


"I'm 27 And Sleep 20 Hours A Day – This Illness Has Affected Everything In My Life"

International news

Wednesday 7 October 2015


From Scottish newspaper The Evening Telegraph:

Kevin McKinlay
Kevin McKinlay


By Nadia Vidinova
6 Oct 2015 6.00am

WHILE most men his age are busy going out with their friends, climbing the career ladder or starting a family, Kevin McKinlay struggles to brush his teeth.

The Dundee man was forced to retire, at the age of just 27, after being diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome.

The former customer service manager sleeps for up to 20 hours a day, suffers from muscle pain and has developed depression because of the condition, which he says has “ruined his life”.

He is now struggling to keep a roof over his head and fears for the future.

Read more…


With His Son Terribly Ill, A Top Scientist Takes On Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

International news

Tuesday 6 October 2015


From US newspaper The Washington Post:

Whitney Dafoe
Before he developed chronic
fatigue syndrome, Whitney
Dafoe was an award-winning
photographer and
a world traveler.
(Courtesy of Dafoe's family)

With his son terribly ill, a top scientist takes on chronic fatigue syndrome

By Miriam E. Tucker
October 5 at 1:55 PM

Before he got sick, Whitney Dafoe was an award-winning photographer and a world traveler. He’d helped build a nunnery in India, ridden a motorcycle in the Himalayas and visited all 50 American states.

He also worked on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, and although he was already ill by January 2009, pushed himself to travel to Washington from his California home to photograph the inauguration.

But now, at 31, Whitney lies in bed in a darkened room in his parents’ home, unable to talk, walk or eat. He is fed intravenously and is barely able to tolerate light, sounds or being touched. His parents and the medical personnel who see him wear plain clothing when they enter his room because bright colors, shapes or any kind of print make him feel even worse, as does any movement that he’s not expecting.

“It’s hard to explain how fragile he is,” says his mother, Janet Dafoe.

This isn’t the picture that people imagine when they hear “chronic fatigue syndrome,” which is often viewed by the public and the health-care community as a trivial or primarily psychological complaint.

Read more…


An Interview With Jon Kaiser – Supporting Mitochondrial Function In ME/CFS

International news

Monday 5 October 2015


From ProHealth:

Jon Kaiser, MD
Jon Kaiser, MD

An Interview with Dr. Jon D. Kaiser - Supporting Mitochondrial Function in ME/CFS Patients
October 1, 2015

Dr. Jon Kaiser has been treating patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, HIV/AIDS, Cancer and other immune system disorders for the past twenty-five years. He is a Clinical Instructor at the Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco Medical School and Chief Medical Officer of K-PAX Pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Kaiser has written two books on improving immune system health, Immune Power and Healing HIV, and has given many lectures on optimizing immune function. He was also the principle investigator of a study published in the Journal of AIDS in 2006 showing that broad-spectrum micronutrient therapy can strengthen the immune systems of people with immune deficiency disorders.

His proof-of-concept study investigating a mitochondrial support strategy for patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was published in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine in 2015.

Dr. Kaiser’s approach utilizes an integration of natural and standard medical treatments.

Read more…


Forgotten Plague: A Must See Documentary

International news

Sunday 4 October 2015


From The Huffington Post:

Forgotten Plague

Forgotten Plague: A Must See Documentary

By Bill Johnson II
Posted: 03/10/2015 02:19 AEST
Updated: 03/10/2015 02:59 AEST

Ryan Prior, the director, co-writer and producer of the documentary Forgotten Plague, begins the film by issuing an invitation: walk a mile in my shoes.

Doing so means enduring a fight with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) beginning in late adolescence. A battle which took Ryan from a highly-active student-athlete to spending most of his time at home, often struggling to leave his room. After a grueling mission to find relief he is finally placed on a treatment regimen which reduced his symptoms and restored some of his mobility. Despite an intense treatment protocol, he continued to experience physical and emotional debilitation.

This is Ryan Prior's story, however, he is not alone.

One million individuals are diagnosed with ME/CFS (commonly called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) in the United States alone. Total cost when health care and lost wages are considered is said to be 24 billion annually. Furthermore, women, African Americans and Native Americans are said to be at increased risk for developing the disease.

The film also points out inadequacies in diagnosis, assessment and treatment of ME/CFS which are due to several factors including lack of government funding for research on the disease, medical practitioners historical refusal to legitimize the condition, heavily reductionistic focus which often dominates mainstream professional health care practice and subsequently failure of the U.S. (and I would argue most western countries) to integrate so-called non-traditional healing practices into regular treatment recommendations.

Forgotten Plagues is must see TV, particularly when telling the stories from individuals diagnosed with ME/CFS.

Read more…


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