About Us

About Meningitis Centre Australia

Meningitis Centre Australia

Meningitis Centre Australia Inc is a not-for-profit organisation based in Perth, Western Australia. 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 its various forms.

At the time, 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 needed to be educated about the disease. Early detection and prompt medical attention was the key to successful diagnosis and outcomes.

Despite seeing a reduction in the incidence rate, meningitis remains a disease that people from all walks of life fear. It can cause death or lasting disabilities.

Meningitis Centre Australia strives to eliminate meningitis in Australia. It has successfully lobbied for vaccines and produced materials for educating the community across Australia to be aware of the signs and symptoms. It also provides support for families affected by the disease. With meningitis, EVERY second counts.

Based at the Niche Building near the QEII Medical Centre in Perth, Meningitis Centre Australia works closely with the Neurological Council of WA and the WA Department of Health.

The fight against meningitis has also gone global. In 2004 the Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO) held its inaugural conference in the United Kingdom bringing together 20 meningitis and child health organisations from 14 different countries to take on the fight against meningitis at a global scale. Meningitis Centre Australia attended the conference and has been an active member organisation of CoMO ever since.

Our Mission Statement

To defeat Meningitis, Meningococcal plus related diseases through awareness, education, and community support.

Our Values

  • INTEGRITY - We are ethical in our decision making and practice respectful, open communication. We lead by example and do what’s right.
  • COMPASSION - We support patients, survivors and families through engagement and connection. By listening we learn.
  • COLLABORATION - We work together and, with our global partners, we aim to defeat Meningitis.
  • COMMITMENT - We are dedicated to defeating meningitis/meningococcal.

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