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Australian Government response to Inquiry into the growing evidence of tick-borne disease that causes a Lyme-like illness.

The Australian Government response to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee final report: Inquiry into the growing evidence of an emerging tick-borne disease that causes a Lyme-like illness for many Australian patients was tabled at the November 15th sitting of the Australian Senate. http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/8246306026A29C08CA2581D30010C8E4/$File/Govt-response-Senate-inquiry-final-report-%202017.pdf In response to the report this Ministerial statement from The Hon. Greg [...]

By | November 20th, 2017|Politics|0 Comments

Parliament Tabling of Senate Committee Inquiry into Tick Borne Illness

We can say finally the Senate Committee report has been tabled in the parliament with positive response from all parties. Looks like bipartisan support. Next there will be a teleconference with Canberra to discuss the findings from the NRL report “Investigation of the Performance of Assays for Lyme Disease in Australia”. It is anticipated that this [...]

By | November 16th, 2017|Politics|0 Comments

Paper confirms Australian variety of Borrelia in Echidna Ticks

Borrelia is a family of bacteria, a subset of which is responsible for Lyme disease. The Borrelia family also have other subsets like the Relapsing fever Borrelia and Reptilian Borrelia. While the Lyme variety of Borrelia has not been found in Australia, this paper confirms that varieties of uniquely Australian Borrelia have been identified and [...]

By | October 10th, 2017|Science|2 Comments

For people who don’t understand Borrelia

Borrelia is the name of the family , where all other members get their DNA from. As a genus-family it has the highest number of plasmids in any bacteria known so far. Plasmids are phages that are viruses that infect bacteria. It must have a brilliant immune system to keep these phages in its cytoplasm [...]

By | September 19th, 2017|Science|0 Comments

2017 Tick Bite Awareness Campaign

DONATE NOW   Hi there, my name is Brad Down. I have been working closely with the Karl McManus Foundation for the past year or so to help with their communications, website and social media with the intention of bringing attention to the core issues and breakthroughs happening with tick borne illness in Australia. [...]

By | July 12th, 2017|Fund Raising|0 Comments

Lyme Disease – Lets Change the Topic!

Vectosis - Changing the Lyme Disease conversation in Australia What is Lyme Disease? According to the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called [...]

By | July 10th, 2017|Politics|1 Comment

KMF Needs your Help! – Make a tax deductible donation today.

Its the end of financial year. Make a tax deductible donation today and help the Karl McManus Foundation further its research. The Karl McManus Foundation is committed to the prevention and cure of tick borne illness in Australia. How to Donate Secure online form You can donate whatever amount you wish via our secure online [...]

By | June 30th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Human Rights Violations of People suffering from Tick Borne Illnesses Under International Investigation

The Ad Hoc Committee for Health Equity Attendance at the UN and WHO in Geneva -  Report The Ad hoc Committee represented stakeholders from the Asia Pacific region, Africa, North America & Eastern, Western & Northern Europe. Members include scientific, medical & human rights experts. Many have worked on borreliosis for two and three decades [...]

By | June 28th, 2017|Politics|1 Comment

Senate Report 2016 Lacking Action

A lack of real action following the recent Senate Inquiry into tick-borne diseases in Australia is costing lives according to the Karl McManus Foundation. The not-for-profit organisation is leading the Australian research program into the issue and says that delays to progress will contribute to immeasurable hardships for many Australian patients. A Senate Committee report [...]

By | December 28th, 2016|Politics|0 Comments


The Final Report in full can be downloaded from here:  http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/Lymelikeillness45/Final_Report “2.91    The committee recommends that the Australian Government increase funding for research into tick-borne pathogens as a matter of urgency. This funding should include: funding for research on pathogens which may cause infection; funding for research on whether newly-identified pathogens can cause illness in [...]

By | February 17th, 2016|Politics|0 Comments