About this inquiry

At the dissolution of the Senate and the House of Representatives on 9 May 2016 for a general election on 2 July 2016, the parliamentary committees of the 44th Parliament ceased to exist. Therefore inquiries that were not completed have lapsed and submissions cannot be received.  However, information about the inquiries is still available on this website. 

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On 12 November 2015, the Senate referred the following matter to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report:

The growing evidence of an emerging tick-borne disease that causes a Lyme‑like illness for many Australian patients.

The terms of reference are:

  1. the prevalence and geographic distribution of Lyme-like illness in Australia;
  2. methods to reduce the stigma associated with Lyme-like illness for patients, doctors and researchers;
  3. the process for diagnosis of patients with a Lyme-like illness, with a specific focus on the laboratory testing procedures and associated quality assurance processes, including recognition of accredited international laboratory testing;
  4. evidence of investments in contemporary research into Australian pathogens specifically acquired through the bite of a tick and including other potential vectors;
  5. potential investment into research to discover unique local causative agents causing a growing number of Australians debilitating illness;
  6. the signs and symptoms Australians with Lyme-like illness are enduring, and the treatment they receive from medical professionals; and
  7. any other related matters.  

Submissions should be received by 31 March 2016. The reporting date is 20 June 2016.

Past Public Hearings

20 Apr 2016: Canberra
15 Apr 2016: Brisbane
14 Apr 2016: Perth


Inquiry Status

Inquiry lapsed


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Submissions received by the Committee

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1Mrs Alexandra Patsan (PDF 68 KB) 
2Dr Richard Schloeffel (PDF 2368 KB)  Attachment 1 (PDF 710 KB)  Attachment 2 (PDF 970 KB)  Attachment 3 (PDF 802 KB)  Attachment 4 (PDF 363 KB)  Attachment 5 (PDF 314 KB)  Attachment 6 (PDF 289 KB)  Attachment 7 (PDF 211 KB)  Attachment 8 (PDF 116 KB)  Attachment 9 (PDF 267 KB)  Attachment 10 (PDF 60 KB)  Attachment 11 (PDF 334 KB)  Attachment 12 (PDF 45 KB) 
4Name Withheld (PDF 129 KB) 
5Ms Marie Corby (PDF 21 KB) 
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8Name Withheld (PDF 50 KB) 
9Mr Greg Watts (PDF 111 KB) 
10Mr Charlie Cohen (PDF 28 KB) 
11Name Withheld (PDF 23 KB) 
12Name Withheld (PDF 65 KB) 
14Mr Jeremie Smith (PDF 49 KB) 
15Miss Emily O'Sullivan (PDF 83 KB) 
18Name Withheld (PDF 22 KB) 
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20Ms Bev McMillan (PDF 76 KB) 

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