Provide support and education for people diagnosed with an invisible illness. Our Annual Never Hide Your Wings Gala & Recognition Night and our roaming lunches along with our engagement of social media, meet this particular aim. We support each other by being involved with these important events and forums. We can observe how wonderful we are all looking; confirming for us all that it is possible to live a good life despite the diagnosis of an invisible illness
Educate health professionals in the management of symptoms of Fibromyalgia and other invisible illnesses. We are increasing the knowledge base of many health professionals by being the face of Invisible Illnesses at our medical consultations, by asking difficult questions and by requiring answers and referrals. Many GPs would not yet be aware that the first medication for Fibromyalgia, Milnacipran (Joncia) was approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration in Australia in November 2011. The education of Health Professionals is ongoing. We are currently in the process of sending out questionnaires to Health Professionals to gauge their knowledge and understanding of Fibromyalgia and it's Co-Conditions. From the responses we collect we are creating a database of Fibro Friendly Professionals in all fields. We can all play a part in our accurate descriptions of symptoms of Fibromyalgia and it's co conditions during medical consultations.
Increase community awareness of the implications of a diagnosis of an Invisible Illness. Increasing community awareness is an ever moving invisible force that again comes from us as we talk to our neighbours, friends, family and work colleagues. Anybody really! We need to talk about what an invisible illness is; we need to educate our communities that for many of us with these condition, we may not always be at our best, at our most reliable. We have to overcome the stigma of our supposed hypochondria and educate the uneducated in this matter. This is what increases community awareness. We know it is sometimes easier to just be quiet and adjourn to wherever without an explanation. We also attend shopping centres, markets & other events where we hand out leaflets and speak to people about Fibromyalgia and other Invisible Illnesses. We hear far to often "I didn't know there was support available" or "I thought I was the only one" We encourage you all to start talking! By talking about your Invisible Illness it will help break the stigma that has become associated with these conditions and raise awareness.