STEPHEN JONES MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR HEALTH
MEMBER FOR THROSBY
TIM WATTS MP
MEMBER FOR GELLIBRAND
DEPUTY CHAIR OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON HEALT
Treatment of Lyme Disease in Australia
Shadow Assistant Minister for Health, Stephen Jones, and Deputy Chair of the Standing Committee On Health, Tim Watts, have welcomed the committee's public hearing roundtable into Lyme disease today.
As part of an ongoing inquiry into chronic disease prevention and management in primary care, the committee will be investigating the incidence and diagnosis of Lyme disease in Australia and how it can be treated most effectively.
Lyme disease is an infectious bacterial illness that is spread by tick bites. Although not contagious, it can cause abnormalities in the skin, joints, heart and central nervous system.
The symptoms can be debilitating for many suffers and if left untreated for a substantial amount of time can prove fatal.
A complex and poorly understood disease, it's existence in Australia has been questioned by medical experts for years.
Today's hearings will allow experts from around the country to provide their own insights on the disease so that committee members can determine just what action governments in Australia should be taking.
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