CHRONIC fatigue sufferers are set to benefit from a new smartphone app and world-class clinic on the Gold Coast aimed at improving the management of the illness.
Science Minister Ian Walker said Chronic Fatigue Syndrome affected about 86,000 Queenslanders.
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“Chronic fatigue syndrome is characterised by severe exacerbating fatigue as well as impaired cognitive, gastrointestinal, cardiac, neurological and immune function,” Mr Walker said.
“The condition can be crippling with many people barely able to move, let alone go to work and earn a living.”
The National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases, led by renowned CFS/ME researchers Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik and Prof Don Staines, developed the app CliniHelp to enable sufferers to more accurately monitor their condition.
Mr Walker said downloads from the app would enable clinicians to also accurately monitor progress of patients in real time.
“There’s no effective treatment for these conditions. Clinicians work with patients on helping them manage their illness,” he said.
“This app will be vital in providing evidence of the actual symptoms people experience.”
Professor Marshall-Gradisnik said the new CFS Clinic would integrate medical services with world class researchers.
“GPs will be able to refer CFS patients to the clinic where they will receive specialised care,” Professor Marshall-Gradisnik said.
“For the researchers, by working closely with clinicians and patients, we will learn more about the condition with the aim of ultimately translating what we find into identifying effective treatment interventions.”
The clinic will open at the Gold Coast’s Griffith University campus in October.