Lyme disease lobby group gets government grant

It will offer counselling and support services, run by patients who have had the disease

A controversial Lyme disease lobby group has received federal government funding to launch a new counselling and support service run by patients with ‘lived experience’ of the disease.

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Under the eight-month pilot program, which began this month, certified counsellors have so far trained 16 volunteers to provide peer-support crisis counselling to Australian patients with Lyme disease who could be at risk of suicide.

The $200,000 Lyme Support program will provide four ‘pillars’ of support to patients, including education, online peer support, crisis counselling and