From ME Australia.
by Sasha Nimmo
Australia’s Health Minister, Greg Hunt, listened to people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), families, scientists and organisations. Minister Hunt had a second meeting with ME Australia, along with Prof Paul Fisher, head of microbiology at La Trobe University and Dr Heidi Nicholl, Emerge Australia on Thursday.
ME Australia and Dr Chris Armstrong first met with Minister Hunt earlier this year. Minister Hunt heard about the impact of ME directly from a person living with severe ME and he wanted to know how he could help. Dr Armstrong and ME Australia talked about the advances Australian scientists had made in understanding ME.
The Health Minister, Dr Armstrong and ME Australia discussed the need to provide dedicated biomedical research funding to support promising Australian science and how medical research in Australia is under threat due to a lack funding, as it relies on mostly small philanthropic grants. At the conclusion of this meeting Minister Hunt asked for a further meeting.
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