National Appeal

The National Lyme Disease Appeal was initiated in September 2011. The two main goals
of the Appeal are to raise $1 million for research into Lyme disease in Australia and to
raise public awareness of Lyme disease, its causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention. 


Pharmacists Australia-wide have the opportunity to play an important role in educating the public on Lyme disease and assisting in understanding a very complex disease with complex treatments. Other businesses, organisations or individuals are very welcome to participate.  As part of the Lyme Disease Appeal, the Karl McManus Foundation for Lyme Disease Research & Awareness is pleased to provide you with different grades of educational materials. Donations raised during the Lyme Disease Appeal will go towards funding Lyme disease research at The University of Sydney. The Lyme Disease Appeal has the support of the Pharmacy Guild.


The following resources are available by contacting KMF or educational material can be downloaded:

Public information brochures – (Public Brochure A4 (3.47MB); Public Brochure DL (3.53MB))

Pharmacy staff information brochure (1.68MB)

Pharmacist information sheet (1.36MB)

A collection of A4 and A3 posters highlighting important issues associated with Lyme disease

- Symptoms p1&2 A4 (2.28MB); Symptoms A3 (2.28MB)

- Natures Dirty Needle (119KB)

- A curable infection A4 (96KB)

- Testing is not right A4 (106KB)

- The Great Imitator A4 (117KB)

- Bite back: fight  LD A4 (110KB)


A donation tin is provided for customers to donate towards the Lyme Disease Appeal. The Karl McManus Foundation is committed to making these free resources available to you over the longer term.


How you can be involved:

- Display this material. Encourage customers to ask questions and take brochures.

- Place the donation tin in a prominent position where customers can access it easily.

- Hold a fundraising and information stall at a community festival or event.


Please deposit your donations in one of the following ways:

1. Deposit the total donated amount into the foundation account below:
Name: Karl McManus Foundation  BSB: 032 188  Account Number: 327043
and email us with your pharmacy/organisation name, postcode, amount deposited and donation
tin number. The tin number is located on the bottom of the tin.

2. Make a cheque out to Karl McManus Foundation together with a letter identifying your pharmacy/organisation name, postcode and donation tin number. The tin number is located on
the bottom of the tin. Post these to PO Box 3129, North Turramurra, NSW 2074 Australia.


Pharmacists and pharmacy staff play an important role in helping to educate Australians about their health and safety. We are committed to assisting you in raising awareness of Lyme disease, so that all Australians are aware of preventative measures as well as how to recognise symptoms of Lyme disease, so they can seek further medical assistance. Raising awareness will ultimately result in better health outcomes.

We appreciate your assistance and support of the Lyme Disease Appeal and we believe that you and your customers will find these resources of great benefit. If you require any more information please contact KMF.

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