All Australians - please join our campaign to the Federal government asking for more medical research, treatment and support services for people with ME/CFS! The attached letters have been drafted by the newly formed ME/CFS Australian Patient Advocacy Netwok (MAPAN) in collaboration with the ME CFS Society of Australia/Victoria. We wish to send as many copies as possible to the Ministers office to let him know the desperate need we have for more support for our illness. Use patient power to make a statement to government! Click on the below links to print out, fill your details, and send. One letter is designed for patients to send and the other one is for your family and friends. Instructions: 1) click on the links below and print a copy of the letter 2) write your name and address above the date in the top right hand corner 2) if signing the family/friends version, state your relationship to the person with CFS in the space provided in he first paragraph 3) print your name and sign in the space provided at the end of the letter 4) send to the address on the letter Thanks for your help! Please do not sign and send this letter if you are not Australian, as we want the Minister to be aware that this letter is coming from Australian constituents. EDIT: A minor revision, requesting that copies of replies are cc'd to the ME/CFS Society of Australia, has been made since the initial release of this letter. It is understood that many copies have been sent, so don't worry if you have used the old version. This change was made at the request of the ME/CFS Society as they wish to be aware of other politicians who may have received the letter. Also, we have been asked by many people why this letter is addressed to Mark Butler, the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, rather than the Health Minister, Nicola Roxon. The answer is that he is responsible for the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), who provide government medical research funding for all illnesses and also for support service funding. These are the two issues addressed by the letter, so rest assured the letter is addressed to the right person!