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CFS/ME

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT CFS/ME? (formerly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)

There is a centre just near Wattle Park that offers support to CFS/ME sufferers. (The ME stands for Myalgic Encephalopathy) “Imagine having your worst case of flu, add a hangover and top it off with a 20 kilometre run!”

Sufferers often find the illness has a devastating effect on their lives. CFS/ME is a very difficult illness to recover from, and because the affects are largely unseen by others, it is not generally recognised or accepted within the community.

The main symptoms are:

  • Persistent weakness or recurring, unexplained mental and physical fatigue
  • Dysfunctional sleep
  • Pain
  • Neurological/Cognitive problems (disorientation, short-term memory loss to name but a few!)

Our Services include:

  • Emerge, our renowned and informative journal, posted to members quarterly
  • A Telephone Support Line providing support at the end of your phone
  • Support Groups putting people in contact with others coping with similar problems
  • “Link-up” teleconferencing - bringing people together
  • A Resource Centre and lending library. (There is much detailed scientific, medical information and books difficult to obtain elsewhere)
  • Free information kits for the general public and also for health professionals
  • An internet website

We are actively involved in:

  • Raising community awareness
  • Educating the public and health professionals
  • Raising funds to support our services and activities
  • Lobbying politicians on behalf of people with CFS/ME
  • Encouraging and supporting research

If you would like to help sufferers of CFS/ME, you can name them as a beneficiary when you apply for your free Ritchies Community Benefit Card.
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Dianne Williams, (Volunteer)
CFS/ME VICTORIA
23 Livingstone Close, Burwood, Victoria, 3125
Office phone: (03) 988 88 991
Office fax: (03) 988 88 981
Support Line: (03) 988 88 798
email: mecfs@vicnet.net.au
www.vicnet.net.au/~mecfs