ME/CFS AUSTRALIA (SA) INC
Registered Charity 698
PO Box 28,
South Australia 5007
266 Port Road,
South Australia 5007
Ph: 1300 128 339
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.
ME/CFS Australia (SA) Inc Youth Policy is also available as a PDF file (youth.pdf – 15KB).
ME/CFS Australia (SA) Inc Youth Policy (continued)
The basis of our INCLUSION policy is to encourage educators from both government and non-government/independent sectors to become sympathetic to the needs of young people with CFS. This includes a readiness to understand the condition and the disruptive effect it may have on ongoing schooling. We would like young people to have educational choices, and the opportunities to attend mainstream schooling as well as Open Access Schooling. We would like young people to be supported by flexible policies that allow children to combine open access studies and mainstream schooling backed up by the availability of counseling in the choice of suitable curriculum.
It is envisaged that the Society will seek to involve as many of their members particularly the SAYME group and their parents, as well as country members in developing policies and programs to meet the needs and interests of youth.
A special task force of committed members may be formed to promote the interests of this group. Such a group would work closely with the Society Committee of Management, and with other relevant groups such as the Grants Committee, in obtaining funding to pursue objectives.
The Society will also aim to create opportunities for youth to achieve success, in leadership and recreational pursuits outside of the formal education system. Involvement in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme is one such program the Society hopes to offer to its youth membership.
The Society may well decide to implement an annual best practice award process to those schools (including country and private sector) which exhibit a responsive program- or a pro-inclusion stance for children who straddle the fences of open access and mainstream schooling. The aim would be to recognize and reward endeavours by staff in schools who are willing to put some effort in meeting the special needs of children who have chronic fatigue.
Another component of an inclusion policy would be the readiness of tertiary institutions to offer a flexible entry program for those students wishing to embark on a course of tertiary study. Some individual work has already been instigated with Flinders University and it is hoped that the Society may be able to extend such possibilities in the future.