The Lyme Disease Association of Australia (LDAA) is an association comprised of volunteers committed to making changes to how Lyme disease patients are treated – both medically and personally. This is achieved through undertaking activities in four key areas of information, support, education and awareness.
The LDAA's mission is to:
- Advocate for individuals and families living with Lyme disease;
- Gather support to educate and lobby governments, doctors and local communities;
- Act as a conduit between international developments, treatments and other Lyme communities; and
- Fundraise to facilitate improvements for people living with Lyme disease.
The aim of the LDAA is to:
- Educate the public and medical sector about the risks of Lyme disease and the need for early diagnosis and treatment (early detection makes this an easily treatable disease).
- Raise awareness of Lyme disease and other tick-borne Illness in Australia.
- Fundraise to support education of doctors and other health professionals about treating Lyme disease and ongoing patient care through antibiotics, diet and lifestyle changes and integrative therapies.
- Facilitate better testing and treatment.
- Distribute education materials to doctors and other health professionals about Lyme disease in Australia.
- Use the media to alert the public about Lyme disease in Australia.
- Support research into Lyme disease in Australia and learn from international experience.
- Collate personal stories which will bring pressure to bear on the Health Department who currently claim there is no Lyme disease in Australia.
- Highlight the probability that Lyme disease may be the actual cause of many serious health problems including, Parkinson ’s disease, ALS, (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Motor Neurone Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia and M.E./Chronic fatigue Syndrome.
- Invite professional people to support us and join this association.
- Promote tick safety measures to the public for avoiding contracting Lyme disease and co-infections.
- Fundraising activities to support: education of doctors; facilitate initial testing of individuals querying Lyme; legal defence, research and activism. .