What is ‘Online Peer Support - Experienced MEEPs’?

Online Peer Support for people with a lived experience of ME/CFS (5 years+) is an eight-week online support group for 8 to 12 people with a professional facilitator hosted by Emerge Australia. It takes place in our virtual meeting room over Zoom. We have three core themes for our online community groups: Patient Support, Carer Support and Community Building. The aim of this group is to help you to connect with other people who have a shared experience of living with ME/CFS for 5 years+.

Why should I attend?

Accessing peer support - talking to people who 'get it' - is one of the primary requests that we receive at Emerge Australia. We have designed this pilot program to provide a safe space - with a facilitator - where people who have lived with ME/CFS for a long time can meet and talk for an hour.

What will happen in the group?

In this group you will find:

  • Professional facilitator to guide the conversation
  • 8 facilitated meetings - every other week for one hour
  • Option to continue to meet after the course - your facilitator will help you to establish ground rules and come up with a plan to continue with the group
  • Social interaction - this group is not structured therapy and will try not to dwell on negative or medical chat
  • The group will have access to a private sub-forum on the Emerge Australia Community Forum where chat can continue between sessions

Session dates and times

The group will commence on Tuesday 1 March 2022 and will run for eight sessions, concluding on the 7 June 2022. 

Every second Tuesday afternoon

All timings are as per Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra (AEDT or AEST according to start date of group)

  • 1:15pm session open
  • 1:30pm group meeting commences
  • 2:30pm group meeting ends


For more information or if you have questions, please contact [email protected] 

Meet your facilitator

Hi, my name is Rebecca and I live with ME/CFS. At the start of the year I moved back to New Zealand from Australia to be closer to family support. I love reading, spending time in nature, snuggling with my dog, baking and of course crafting! I learnt to crochet and cross-stitch last year and have been really enjoying building my skills and making things for people. I can also knit (a little bit) and I make my own body and cleaning products. I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the "Experienced MEEPs group"!