Australian Government Seeking Expert Advice On ME And CFS Research Grants




by Sasha Nimmo in ME Australia.


Senator Scott Ludlam asked about the progress of proposals to research ME and CFS at last night’s budget estimates hearing in Parliament House, Canberra. Prof Anne Kelso, CEO of Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), said she was delighted to hear of the important advance made by Griffith University but explained they may not be consulted as ‘experts’ as they may be the ones applying for funding.

The NHMRC received proposals but hasn’t decided whether it will fund any of them, or when it will happen. Prof Kelso said “it’s work for this year to decide how to progress”.

Prof Kelso acknowledged the dire need for research to find treatments.

“There aren’t clear diagnostic tests, there aren’t established treatments and methods for looking after patients which is exactly why there is a need for research,” she said.


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