Make a submission to the senate inquiry now!
Securing a senate inquiry into Lyme-like illness in Australia was a great achievement. Now, the real work begins. Patients, carers, children and any other individual, group or organisation that are familiar with Lyme-like/Lyme disease and its impact are encouraged to make a submission to the inquiry.
To assist in this process the Lyme Disease Association of Australia have prepared a patient resource. The resource provides information on the senate inquiry, how to make a submission and includes a guide on what to include in a submission. There is even a submission template for children!
Remember: Our aim is to have as many people as possible tell their stories early to demonstrate the need for additional public hearings. The Senate Inquiry remains open for submissions until March 31st, 2016, for those of you unable to support us in submitting early.
Madigan successfully secures motion for Lyme-like senate enquiry
Senator John Madigan has continued his efforts to have Lyme and Lyme-like disease recognised in Australia. Senator Madigan, with the support of Senators Wang, Leyonhjelm, Day, Lazarus, Lambie, Xenophon and McKenzie successfully secured a motion to establish a senate enquiry into the debilitating illness.
The Lyme Disease Association of Australia extends our gratitude and thanks to Senator Madigan and the other co-sponsoring senators for their efforts in helping an increasing class of Australians struck down with Lyme and Lyme-like disease.
Lyme Disease raised in Senate Estimates
The Lyme Disease Association of Australia wishes to thank Senator John Madigan for representing Lyme and Lyme-like disease patients in Australia. Senator Madigan posed a number of questions to the Department of Health and officers responsible for regulatory affairs during the Community Affairs senate estimates hearing in Canberra on 21 October 2015.
You can view the discussion in full below. A copy of the hansard will be forthcoming.
Lyme Disease Round-table held in Sydney
The Lyme Disease Association of Australia (LDAA) attended the House of Representatives Health Committee roundtable in Sydney on Friday 18 August 2015.
The roundtable provided an opportunity for the LDAA along with various other representatives and community members to provide insight into the Lyme/Lyme-like disease situation in Australia.
Thank you to Dr Richard Schloeffel for attending on behalf of treating physicians and to our own Sharon Whiteman. We’d also like to take the opportunity to thank those sufferers who bravely recounted their own personal struggles with Lyme/Lyme-like disease.
Australian Lyme disease patients and tick bite location maps
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.
Remember – if you review our maps and cannot see your suburb located please complete our survey to be added.