What is lupus?
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), or lupus for short, is a severe, incurable and debilitating multisystem autoimmune disease. Lupus patients simultaneously or sequentially suffer irreversible immune-mediated inflammatory damage in the brain, kidneys, heart, central nervous system, lungs, joints, skin, blood and other organs.
Unlike other inflammatory diseases such as vasculitis, lupus impacts severely on quality of life and significantly reduces life expectancy; the standardised mortality rate is greater than three.
The Monash Lupus Clinic
The Monash Lupus Clinic at Monash Health was founded in a unique collaboration between the Rheumatology and Nephrology units of Monash Health. It is now Australia's largest lupus-specific clinic, and has the most extensive serum databank in Australia; with samples dating back to its 2006 foundation. Care is provided by a multidisciplinary team of specialists, aiming to provide the highest possible standards of clinical care in a research-informed environment.
Donate to lupus research
The Kim Jolly Lupus Research Fund
In 2007 Kim Jolly, daughter of Christine and Rob Jolly, passed away due to complications associated with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE); the world's most common, incurable and debilitating multisystem autoimmune/chronic inflammatory disease.
In honour of Kim's memory, the Kim Jolly Lupus Research Fund was created to support and accelerate research into finding better treatments for Australians living with lupus, and ultimately finding a cure.
Make a secure, tax-deductible donation (for contributions of $2 and above) to the Kim Jolly Lupus Research Fund today. Your generous donation will be used in furthering research to treat and cure this debilitating and all too often deadly disease.