Our three co-founders – Sarah Cahill, Dr Fiona Imlach and Suzanne Vale – have all lived with migraine for many years and understand the challenges and impact of this invisible, debilitating condition.
In 2021, frustrated by the limited access to migraine-specific medications and migraine-specific care, unfunded treatment options, lack of public knowledge and awareness about the impact of migraine disease, outdated health professional guidelines and limited access to neurologists for many New Zealanders, our founders came together to establish Migraine Foundation Aotearoa New Zealand.
Sarah and Fiona both bring extensive medical knowledge to the foundation and a deep understanding of migraine disease and the international migraine landscape. Suzanne has a diverse legal background and has been involved in migraine advocacy overseas through volunteering with Migraine and Headache Australia.
For too long, people with migraine in Aotearoa have been disadvantaged by the limited medications and treatment options available in New Zealand to treat migraine disease, limited New Zealand-specific migraine information, limited access to migraine-specific care, and overall a general under-appreciation of the true impact of migraine disease.
Migraine Foundation Aotearoa New Zealand was established to connect people living with migraine in New Zealand, support positive action and change and ensure our voice is heard.