Have we all not heard this government denial before in North America, Great Britain and some Western European countries while other countries simply deal with it? What’s up we ask? Now Australia too?
Lyme disease sufferers rally for recognition
THERE is no conclusive evidence Lyme disease caused by ticks exists in Australia – that is if you believe the NSW Health Department website.
But try telling that to sufferers of the disease planning to rally outside the department’s offices in North Sydney on Friday. They are calling for recognition of the disease, which they believe affects as many as 200,000 people across the country.
They say there should be more research, increased accredited testing processes and education for doctors to recognise, test and treat both early- and chronic-stage Lyme disease.
The protesters will include outdoor workers in national parks who have contracted the disease and are backed by the Public Service Association. The PSA’s industrial officer, Geo Papas, said: “It is outrageous that our government health authorities have buried their collective heads in the sand over this issue.