By Anne Ryan
The Lyme Disease Association of Australia (LDAA) has commenced a push to have Lyme-like illness recognised as a notifiable disease. With a campaign rolling out on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter; here's how can you help ...
We have set the ball rolling by posting a photograph of the picturesque City of Busselton in the South West of Western Australia with the hashtag #lymeliveshere. We want you to do the same, with a photo of where you live, and use the hashtag #lymeliveshere. Don’t forget to add #greghuntmp and our hashtag #lymediseaseaustralia and urge the Government, specifically the Health Minister Greg Hunt, to stop dilly dallying and enshrine the motion into law.
The City of Busselton is not unique, but it is where I call home. It is a tourism mecca for many, with beautiful beaches, fabulous wineries (most are in Busselton, not Margaret River; a little-known fact), the Busselton Jetty (the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere with an observatory at the end and its own train) and much, much more. In fact, we have it all – including Lyme disease!
In August, the National Party moved the following motion, and to ensure that it is actioned we need your help:
That this Nationals Federal Council request the Australian Government to:
- Recognise that a Lyme-like disease exists in Australia and is placed on the ‘notifiable disease’ register.
- Insist that doctors who are treating Lyme-like disease in Australia are protected from investigation and reprisals, in particular but not limited to, medical boards in Australia.
- Insist that general practice and infectious disease specialist doctors are provided best practice education on Lyme-like diagnosis and treatment.
- Ensure patients are offered affordable testing, treatment, and full access to acute and chronic disease support.
- Commit to research, on par with other infectious diseases, such as Zika, SARS, Ebola etc.
- That this matter be treated with urgency and is initiated prior to the upcoming Federal Election.
You can also write to your local politician or Federal parliamentarian urging them to take action. There is also a bi-election going on in the seat of Wentworth in Sydney, so if you are in that electorate you could write to candidates to seek their views and vote for the person who is willing to stand up for Lyme sufferers. Don’t think for a second that this is a waste of time and they are not listening because, believe me, they are! Writing a postcard from your town, or a letter, letting them know about Lyme disease, how it affects you and where you contracted it is incredibly effective as the old-fashioned letter (rather than an email) gets their attention.
Let’s get this campaign rolling, as elections are just around the corner for many Australian states, and the Federal election could be any time within the next six months.
Here are the hashtags to use in your posts:
The Prime Minister Scott Morrison doesn’t have an Instagram Account but he does have a Twitter account, contact him too @ScottMorrisonMP