Don't forget it's WORLD MENINGITIS DAY on April 24.

Join us in the Murray Street Mall in Perth from 10am until 3pm to find out more about the disease and meet our survivors.

The Meningitis Centre of Australia is part of the Telethon Kids Institute and is striving to eliminate meningitis in Australia by lobbying for vaccines and educating the community to be aware of the signs and symptoms. The Centre also provides support for families affected by the disease.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the fluid and membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord.

There are three main types of meningitis infection

  • Bacterial
  • Viral
  • Fungal/environmental


In August 2013 Australia became the first country in the world to approve the meningococcal B vaccine for widespread use. However while it is available via prescription  through a doctor is is still too expensive for most people. The Meningitis Centre Australia is continuing to lobby the federal government to put it on the National Immunisation Program so that it is FREE for everybody.

Please sign our petition for the Federal Government to allocate funding for this life saving vaccine!

Last year more than 160 people were treated for Meningococcal B in Australia. If not treated promptly  it can lead to permanent disability or death in 24 hours. EVERY SECOND COUNTS!

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Join Hands Against Meningitis

Join our petition to get the Federal Government to allocate funding for the Meningococcal B vaccine and put it on our National Immunisation Program.

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New Meningococcal Vaccine

There's good news for parents, with a new Meningococcal vaccine now available in Australia. Dr Ginni Mansberg explains.


Visit the Sunsrise website to watch now >