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In Australia, tick-borne disease continues to be a mystery. It leaves patients confused and suffering with many unanswered questions.

We believe our research can help change that!

Our research will inform and provide evidence to support the creation of medically appropriate treatment options and ultimately the creation of clinical treatment guidelines for patients in Australia.

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In Australia, our knowledge about tick-borne disease is limited as we do not monitor or look for the possibility of the disease being present unless it is within a select set of conditions (such as tick typhus/spotted fever). This is further complicated by the limited diagnostic tests available in Australia which means that potential tick-borne disease is often not recognised or misdiagnosed at first instance.

Our research team will be undertaking a significant and first of its kind clinical research program which places patients at the centre of the study. Through this research program we hope to:

“Our research will inform and provide evidence to support the creation of medically appropriate treatment options and ultimately the creation of clinical treatment guidelines for patients in Australia.”

Existing research has not focused on investigating effective and reliable methods of diagnosis for patients with tick-borne disease or their symptoms and potential treatment options. Our research focuses on what is happening to the bodies of patients and will lead to more certainty around diagnosis, better treatment options and an evidence based clinical pathway.

The clinical research program will initially recruit 80 patients through a specially designed questionnaire (modelled on international standard diagnostic practices) and GP referrals.

Our multidisciplinary team of researchers want to transform the way in which tick-borne disease patients are viewed and improve their access to diagnostic testing, reliable identification of the causes of their illness and the treatment options available to them.

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Your gift will have a tangible impact and improve community well-being by supporting innovative health research and the delivery of exceptional patient care.

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