Senator calls for change: Why doesn’t Australia take this crippling disease seriously?

An Australian senator has claimed that sufferers of Lyme Disease in this country are ‘being treated worse than a dog

An Australian senator has claimed that sufferers of Lyme Disease in this country are ‘being treated worse than a dog riddled with mange’. Senator John Madigan’s powerful stance coincides with a petition, calling for Lyme Disease to be officially recognised by Aussie health authorities.

Doctors have reported treating hundreds of cases presenting like Lyme Disease nationally. The condition normally begins with muscular aches, fatigue and fever. In advanced cases, symptoms of Lyme Disease can include joint pain, stiffness, dizziness, changes in heart rate and even neurological complications.

Despite being recognised in countries like America and England – Australian health authorities deny the existence of this tick-borne disease. Local doctors have even faced disciplinary action for treating Lyme Disease, or supporting its existence.

As Senator John Madigan told the 7.30 Report this week, “we’ve got doctors in this country that genuinely believe that these people are suffering from Lyme disease or Lyme-like symptoms”.

“And you can’t get any help, you can’t get any respite, you can’t get cured with the efforts (doctors) are using”, he added. “These are genuine Australians who are being treated worse than a dog riddled with mange”.

In June, a new Senate inquiry will examine the instance of Lyme Disease in Australia, and evaluate its response by medical professionals. Meanwhile, a petition has called for health authorities to “recognise and support Lyme and Lyme-like disease patients and their doctors in Australia”.

The petition on currently has 35,200 supporters but is yet to reach its goal of 50,000. “We request the government to recognise Lyme-like illness in Australia and make it an urgent health priority”, the petition reads.

Anyone who wants to help people from suffering from Lyme Disease-like symptoms can sign the petition HERE.

Do you think its crazy that Lyme Disease isn’t recognised in Australia? Do you support Senator John Madigan, and the recent petition by Lyme Disease sufferers?

  1. Are we talking specifically about Lyme Disease or something else that has similar symptoms?

    • Evidently it isn’t allowed to be Lyme disease as someone has decreed it doesn’t exist in Australia. Testing on patients however indicates it does. For some doctors who’ve requested pathology tests for Lyme Disease they copped disciplinary action.

  2. Dona  

    Ive been living with this disease for 16 years now…I have been in neurological pain in my face and head for every second of those 16 years…amongst other debilitating symptoms ..It has ruined my life… We are treated very poorly by the medical profession and literally have to beg and please for medications to stay alive. I would have not existed than to have this life. Dona

  3. Diana  

    A friend of ours has Lyme Disease and has gradually deteriorated over the past two years. She is in constant pain, has to rest every day and finding it hard to cope mentally. Her speech gets slurred and she can’t think of what words to use many days. The authorities are not interested in the slightest. She can’t get Disability Support and she has lost her marriage, her business and is about to lose her home. It’s tragic and until a politician’s family is struck by this horrible disease, there will be no cure. What am I saying? Politicians can afford to take their stricken family member overseas for a cure, so it’s not necessary to recognise the symptoms so that the rest of the sufferers can be cured or helped.

  4. It wouldnt be a rare thing for the Govt not to recognize certain diseases – me along with thousands of Australian women have a rare adipose disease and no medicare assistance etc even though it was found and isolated back in 1940 in the Mayo Clinic USA.

  5. Why won’t it be acknowledged? This would result in an avalanche of compensation claims that the medical profession could ill afford.

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