Inaugural Worldwide Lyme Protest - May 10th & 11th 2013
WWLP - Australia Joins
The World Unites For Lyme On the 10th and 11th of May 2013, over 50 Lyme disease/borreliosis protests and awareness events took place in 28 countries around the world - including Australia - to highlight Lyme and other tick-borne infections as serious diseases that require the urgent attention of governments and the medical community.
Australia Joins the Cause Australia was signed up for participation in the Worldwide Lyme Protest by Lyme patient and advocate Karen Smith on the 3rd of November 2012, making it the 8th country to join the event. After congratulating Australia on its involvement, fellow Lyme patient Janice Foster’s enthusiasm was quickly embraced, and she was asked to join Karen as a national co-ordinator.
Around Australia many people volunteered their time for this cause, resulting in over a dozen large events planned in six states, as well as numerous smaller awareness events.
In February 2013, Sharon Whiteman, President of the Lyme Disease Association of Australia (LDAA) was approached for involvement. The LDAA committee confirmed support of the WWLP-Australia events in March and provided invaluable assistance through activity such as the co-creation and funding of Lyme awareness pamphlets and posters for the events.
Why Australia is Participating We, the Lyme community of Australia, are involved in the Worldwide Lyme Protest to highlight the fact that further research is urgently required.
Since the early 80’s there have been thousands of suspected clinical cases of Lyme disease in Australia, and many people who have never left the country are battling Lyme. These sick people – and those who have contracted the illness overseas – are regularly denied accurate diagnostic measures, adequate treatment, and support from the healthcare sector, who are largely reliant on government guidance.
It is time for the governments to stop relying on ONE study that is nearly twenty years old to continue denying the existence of Lyme disease in Australia. It is time to stop ignoring all the other research that does indicate that Lyme is in Australia. It is well and truly time to recognise Lyme.