The Meningitis Centre is an Australian not-for-profit organisation based at the Telethon Kids Institute. It was established in 1992 by a group of parents and health care professionals who recognised the need to raise public awareness of meningitis and it's various forms. Very few people were aware of the signs and symptoms of meningitis, the possible tragic side effects and with no effective vaccine program in place, the community education was needed. Early detection and prompt medical attention was the key to successful diagnosis and outcomes.
Despite a reduction in the incidence rate, Meningitis is a disease all parents fear because of its flu like symptoms and speed.
The Meningitis Centre continues to strive to eliminate meningitis in Australia. It has successfully lobbied for vaccines and has produced materials for educating the community about signs and symptoms. It also provides support for families affected by the disease. With Meningitis every second counts.
The fight against Meningitis has also gone global. In 2004 the Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO) held its inaugural conference in the United Kingdom (UK) bringing together 20 meningitis and child health organisations from 14 different countries.
Telethon Kids Institute
Telethon Kids Institute is one of the largest, and most successful medical research institutes in Australia.
The Institute was among the first to adopt a multidisciplinary approach to major health issues: clinical research, laboratory sciences and epidemiologists all under the one roof, to tackle complex diseases impacting children and families.
With the help of the generous community, we continue to strive for answers to the big questions in childhood disease and disability and to deliver hope through life-changing research.