Lyme Disease Association of Australia

Lyme Disease in Australia

Dr Ritchie Shoemaker, MD is coming to Australia in March 2015

Dr  Ritchie Shoemaker, MD the preeminent physician who specialises in mould-related health issues, known as Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) is coming to Australia in March 2015!

Dr Shoemaker, MD will be running an all day public information session in Brisbane on Saturday 7 March 2015, and will also run a one and a half day physicians’ only seminar in Sydney on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March 2015.

If you are a member of the public and want to attend the Brisbane session you can access all the details and registration form here. Alternatively, if you are a physician and want to attend the Sydney session you can access all the details and the registration form here.

Dr Shoemaker’s visit will also coincide with the release of his “Genomics changing the face of Modern Medicine” paper.

Whether you are a member of the public or a physician these seminars are not to be missed. We’ll see you there!

Are you an Australian-based General Practitioner or Specialist wanting to learn more about Tick Borne Diseases?

The LDAA is again running its 50% Physician Scholarship to assist a small number of Australian-based General Practitioners and/or Specialists to attend the upcoming Karl McManus Foundation 3rd International Tick Borne Diseases Conference in Sydney 7-8 March 2015.

The purpose is to assist in the education of those physicians who would like to learn about Tick Borne Diseases, that may not currently treat the illness but with a view to doing so.

Successful recipients will receive a 50% reimbursement towards the cost of conference registration. To be eligible recipients must not have attended a KMF International Tick Borne Diseases conference previously.

There are a small number of terms and conditions that must be met. If you are an Australian-based General Practitioner or Specialist then contact us and we’ll discuss the next steps!

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Have you read our Lyme pioneers series yet?

As a salute to Lyme advocates everywhere the LDAA interviewed and profiled some of Australia’s early Lyme disease pioneers. The interviews are part of  a series to expose how far the Lyme or Lyme-like disease movement in Australia has come.

The LDAA recognizes it is both important and necessary to applaud  the contributions of our early advocates so as to help inform the future and our next steps. In 2014 we profiled Rev. Nikki Coleman and Terry Moore which were released via our newsletter.

The series will continue in 2015 with some exciting interviews, again released via our regular newsletters.

Remember, sign-up to receive our newsletters here, and if you haven’t already you can read Rev. Nikki Coleman’s or Terry Moore’s interview here.

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Release of Australian Lyme disease patients and tick bite location maps

LD PatientsThe exact number of people with Lyme disease in Australia is unknown as public health officials do not collect any data because the disease is not notifiable.

The Lyme Disease Association of Australia decided to remedy the situation. Part of which includes an interactive map as part of  our broader program of works.

There are two maps;  the first plots individuals with an officially confirmed cases of Lyme disease by residential suburb, while the second is of tick bite locations that have resulted in an individual contracting Lyme disease.

The maps provide a cumulative representation of the data obtained through our surveys from 2011 onwards.

You can access both maps here.

Remember – if you review our maps and cannot see your suburb located please complete our survey to be added.

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Got ticks?

If you’d like to help with tick research in Australia then you may like to consider contributing to the two studies currently being undertaken:

University of Sydney

The University of Sydney in New South Wales are currently undertaking research into Lyme disease and the causative agent within domestic ticks.

As such the Tick Borne Disease Research Unit would like your ticks. If you’d like to participate simply read this advice and follow the instructions carefully.

Remember to ensure you check local quarantine restrictions first before sending any specimens, if in doubt contact the Karl McManus Foundation for further information.

Murdoch University

Murdoch University in Western Australia were recently awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant to further their tick research program under the leadership of Associate Professor Peter Irwin (Veterinary).  The grant will enable the development of ‘a new molecular toolkit to investigate zoonotic tick-borne pathogens in Australia’.

There is an opportunity for all those interested in proving that Lyme disease exists in Australia to be part of this research. Get started by reading  this advice and then heading to our contact us page to request a tick donation kit*.

*Please note, do not under any circumstances send specimens (i.e. ticks) using any other vessel or method apart from what is detailed in the instructions provided in the collection kit as there are quarantine and other regulatory issues that need to be followed precisely.

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