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 642,000 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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Multiple barriers to health care for migraine disease

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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.

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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Sarah, Auckland

One of our co-founders Sarah, started a conversation about migraine in New Zealand through launching her blog, Migraine Down Under. Visit Migraine Down Under and learn more about Sarah’s life living with chronic migraine.

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Suzanne, Auckland

How long have you had migraine and what type of migraine do you have? I’ve had migraine since 2009 but was diagnosed in 2011. My GP took me seriously in the interim, but just couldn’t work out what was wrong until a pattern in my unwellness emerged. When she suspected

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Sarah, Auckland

One of our co-founders Sarah, started a conversation about migraine in New Zealand through launching her blog, Migraine Down Under. Visit Migraine Down Under and learn more about Sarah’s life living with chronic migraine.

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