Supporting people with migraine disease in Aotearoa New Zealand

Migraine Foundation is the only registered migraine charity in New Zealand
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Migraine Foundation Aotearoa New Zealand

Supporting people living with migraine in Aotearoa New Zealand

Migraine disease is a debilitating neurological condition. An estimated 753,000 people live with migraine in New Zealand. It’s more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and stroke combined, however migraine is misunderstood, under-diagnosed, under-treated and under-researched.

People with migraine living in Aotearoa have limited access to migraine support, specialised care and treatment and migraine-specific medications. Migraine Foundation Aotearoa New Zealand provides a collective voice for people in New Zealand living with this invisible and disabling condition.

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Large unmet need for effective migraine treatment in New Zealand

Press release  Many people with migraine in New Zealand are not receiving best-practice management, according ...
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Meeting with Ministers

On 16 July we met with Members of Parliament from the Labour Party in the ...
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Our answers to questions from Seven Sharp

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Migraine in New Zealand

Globally, treatment and knowledge about migraine have improved in recent years. In New Zealand, we still face many challenges.

The number and variety of treatments for migraine have expanded greatly in past years. People with migraine no longer have to take medications that were developed for other diseases; there are now treatments specifically targeted at migraine. But what are some of the challenges facing people in Aotearoa New Zealand living with migraine? And what data have we captured from our Migraine in Aotearoa New Zealand 2022 survey?

Migraine Stories

Living with migraine disease can be challenging. Those of us with migraine know that it’s more than just a headache. Migraine is a whole body disease that affects everyone differently. Members of the Migraine Foundation Aotearoa New Zealand community share their stories about living with migraine and how there’s hope, even when some days it can feel like a struggle.

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Jackie, Nelson

How long have you had migraine and what type of migraine do you have? I can’t really remember when my migraine attacks first started, maybe around age 14 when I first got my period. I have episodic migraine without aura. How does migraine disease impact your life? Migraine is usually

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Mart, Porirua

How long have you had migraine and what type of migraine do you have? For 52 years, I get aura migraines. How does migraine disease impact your life? It means I often can’t do my job to the best of my ability, which is massively frustrating as I set myself

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Amanda, Auckland

How long have you had migraine and what type of migraine do you have? I’ve had headaches and migraines since high school, so around 40 years now. I’m now in my early 50’s and post-menopausal. I typically have a headache most days that I feel pressure but I try not

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Celia, Auckland

How long have you had migraine and what type of migraine do you have? I’ve had migraine since I was 9 years old, and I’m currently in my late 20s. I don’t get aura with mine however I do get them frequently. They usually sit on the right side of

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