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Supporting people with migraine disease in Aotearoa New Zealand

Migraine Foundation Aotearoa New Zealand is the only registered migraine charity in New Zealand supporting people living with migraine

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.

Help get Emgality funded in New Zealand

People with migraine in Aotearoa New Zealand deserve funded access to preventive medications that are safe and effective.

Help support our application to Pharmac for Emgality funding and raise awareness of the impact migraine has for individuals, whānau and society.

Your voice can make all the difference. 

Our vision

To minimise the health, economic and social burden of migraine disease in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Our mission

To raise awareness of the impact of migraine disease and support people living with migraine in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The three blobs of our logo

If you’ve ever wondered why there are three overlapping blobby ovals in the Migraine Foundation Aotearoa New Zealand (MFANZ) logo, we have a variety of explanations. The main phases of migraineRead more

Pharmac goes around in circles on Aimovig funding application

If you know anything about innovations in migraine treatment, you would have heard of the new migraine-specific medications for prevention of migraine – calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP)Read more

Holidays start – and along comes a migraine attack

It’s a familiar story – the end of the year, finishing up at work, rushing around to prepare for Christmas, packing up for a holiday away, then finally, you can relax and enjoy a break.  ExceptRead more

The power of a crystal-clear day

Migraine attacks come in phases for many people. They start with a constellation of possible symptoms, from fatigue, neck stiffness, yawning, sensitivity to light, sound, touch and smell, foodRead more

Emgality advocacy toolkit launched

At the end of November, we submitted a consumer application to Pharmac to fund Emgality (galcanezumab) for the treatment of chronic migraine. Read our press release here To coincide with ourRead more

Migraine Foundation submits application to Pharmac to fund Emgality

Press release Migraine Foundation Aotearoa New Zealand has submitted a consumer application to Pharmac to fund Emgality (galcanezumab) for the treatment of chronic migraine. Emgality is one ofRead more

Managing Your Migraine: Book review

Dr Katy Munro from the National Migraine Centre in the UK published a book in 2021 called Managing Your Migraine. It’s easy to read and informative and should be on the to-read list of every personRead more

The Painful Truth: Book review

The Painful Truth: The New Science of Why We Hurt and How We Can Heal. By Dr Monty Lyman. This is not a book about migraine, but about the nature and purpose of pain. However, anyone trying to dealRead more

New Zealand health survey data – a decade to be released

This is what people were asked in the 2013/14 New Zealand Health Survey, the last time the Ministry of Health collected data on the prevalence of migraine in Aotearoa New Zealand. There are someRead more

Biofeedback: an underused migraine treatment

There’s a treatment for migraine that is safe, has no side effects and may work as well as a preventive medication – but it’s not a pill. (3)  That treatment is biofeedback. Biofeedback is aRead more

I tried Aimovig for six months. Here's my verdict

Calcitonin gene-related peptide or CGRP for short. That’s the target of most of the new medications developed to treat or prevent migraine attacks, the first medications that were specificallyRead more

Anxiety and migraine

Do you have trouble relaxing? Are you unable to control or stop worrying? Feel nervous, anxious or on edge?  These were the most common symptoms of anxiety found in a study of people with migraine Read more

Migraine Foundation Aotearoa New Zealand is led by volunteers passionate about improving the migraine landscape in Aotearoa

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.

It can feel isolating, yet in New Zealand there are hundreds of thousands of people living with migraine.

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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