ME/CFS is a complex neurological disorder. To help doctors to accurately diagnose and support patients with ME/CFS, Emerge Australia keeps this page up to date with the most relevant information, research news and resources for health professionals.

If you have a question, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

A new, accredited GP education module 

Registered health professionals can enrol and complete training using this link: GP education module

Treatment and management

Pacing is currently considered to be the most effective management tool. Pacing involves reducing the patient’s physical and cognitive activity to remain within their limited energy reserves with lengthy periods of rest, to minimise post-exertional malaise (PEM) and other symptoms. More information on management and treatment, including pacing is provided on the management page.

Graded exercise therapy (GET) and cognitive behavioural therapy are no longer recommended as treatments for ME/CFS. More information can be found on the graded exercise therapy and CBT for ME/CFS page.   

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also have excellent up to date information on all things ME/CFS including treatment and management information. You can access the CDC information here

ME/CFS resource for school nurses

School nurses can make a big difference in the life of a student with ME/CFS. School nurses are well placed to work in partnership with the student, their family, teaching staff, and the learning and support teams within the school to develop appropriate accommodations that can allow students with ME/CFS to continue to attend school and connect with their peers.

Please read more about supporting students with ME/CFS in a school environment by downloading our flyer.

Telehealth Nurse Service

Emerge Australia operates a Telehealth Nurse Service, which means that we employ a registered nurse to provide case management support for people with ME/CFS. See the telehealth nurse service page for more information.

Keep up with the latest on ME/CFS

Emerge Australia’s fortnightly Research Digest provides links to the latest Australian and international research journal articles on ME/CFS. The journal focuses on biomedical research and contains three or four short write ups of recent research publications.

Read the latest issue or sign up to have the Research Digest delivered by email so that you don't miss out on future issues.

Recommended reading 

Recommended recent publications with evidence based guidance for diagnosing and treating ME/CFS include:

  • Diagnosing and treating myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) US ME/CFS Clinician Coalition, August 2019, download here
  • Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome diagnosis and management in young people: A primer Frontiers in Paediatrics, June 2017, download here
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome myalgic encephalomyelitis: Primer for clinical practitioners 2014 Edition – International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (IACFS/ME), download here
  • Myalgic encephalomyelitis Adult and paediatric: International Consensus Primer for Medical Practitioners International Consensus Panel 2012, download here
  • Post-exertional malaise (PEM) and graded exercise therapy (GET) in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) by S. Eyssens 2017, download here