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Meningitis Centre Australia Inc.

Raising Awareness for meningitis and meningococcal


Meningitis Awareness, Education and Support

Meningitis Centre Australia



Meningitis and meningococcal can kill within 24 hours if left untreated. The symptoms are similar to getting the flu.

Meningitis is an infection of the lining of the brain. Meningitis can kill very fast, if you don't see a doctor urgently. It is important to know the signs and get help straight away. Anyone can get meningitis at any time and any age.

Meningitis can be caused by infection with:

  • A virus
  • Bacteria
  • Parasites or fungi

The difference between meningitis and meningococcal

Although referred to broadly as similar diseases, Meningococcal is a bacteria that enters the body, however it does not always lead to meningitis.

Meningitis is the inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. Many people can suffer from meningococcal disease without getting meningitis or the bacteria travelling to the brain.

Septicaemia, also known as blood poisoning and the cause of the rash can also develop, but doesn't always. Don't wait for the rash to occur before seeking medical treatment.

These diseases are extremely serious and need urgent hospital attention.

Why are we collecting funds?

Meningitis Centre Australia is a not for profit organisation that works with survivors, carers, health professionals, government and the public to reduce the number of cases in the Australian community.  We need funds to help  continue the work we do by to inform government leaders and raise awareness of the disease throughout Australia.

What we do to help

Meningitis Centre Australia is committed to:

  • Raising the awareness of meningococcal and meningitis
  • Increasing the rates of vaccination - reducing death and disability
  • Advocating for meningococcal vaccinations through the National Immunisation Plan.
  • Educating the community on the disease and the signs and symptoms.

Are donations tax deductible? Yes

Will I receive a receipt for my donation?
Yes, immediately sent to you by email when approved.

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Contact Details

11 Aberdare Road

1800 250 223

Are donations tax deductible?


Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.