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In a world first Australians now have an opportunity to jump the waiting list and get free access to international migraine experts at the Migraine World Summit.

Over 30 doctors, professors and specialists have gathered from world leading institutions, clinics, universities and hospitals to help answer some of the most difficult questions for patients in desperate need of relief.

Migraines are more common than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined. 1 There are 71,000 thousand migraine attacks everyday in Australia2 with around 3 million Australians affected.3

Headache Australia Secretary General, Gerald Edmunds, sees how migraine can cripple an individual over time:

“Migraines can be devastating to be someone’s quality of life. It can affect not only their physical well being, but their relationships, family life and in severe cases their ability to keep a job and have a career.

There is still a stigma associated with migraine. Many people feel guilty or ashamed to admit they have a migraine. Migraines can also lead to depression and anxiety as many struggle with the isolation, lack of progress and lose hope.

Research shows a direct link between the frequency of migraine and a person’s quality of life.”

The Migraine World Summit is a free online event for migraine sufferers from April 15-20, 2016.

Migraines are the 6th highest cause of disability worldwide in terms of years lost to disability 4 A severe migraine can be as disabling as quadriplegia or active psychosis.5

Despite the prevalence of migraine, it remains under diagnosed and under treated with less than 50% of patients consulting a physician.6

For those who do seek help, finding the right doctor can be difficult.

Just 4 hours are committed to headaches disorders in undergraduate medical training worldwide.7

The US is one of the few places where there are subspecialty certifications for headache medicine, yet there is only 1 headache specialist for every 85,000 patients.8 This shortage is consistent worldwide.

The Migraine World Summit provides unprecedented access to dozens of experts for those suffering from this debilitating disorder.

Dr Karl Ng, Associate Professor at Sydney University, a Senior Staff Specialist at Royal North Shore Hospital and Director of The Migraine Clinic at Sydney North Neurology, is one of the speakers at the Summit.

“There can be a significant wait to get good advice via a specialist.

The Migraine World Summit is a great opportunity to jump the queue and hear straight from the doctor about the latest best practices and approaches being used by leading physicians.”

The Summit runs from April 15-20, 2016. Claim your free ticket at

(Source: Migraine World Summit)



  1. Headache Disorders – not respected, not resourced. All-Party Parliamentary Group on Primary Headache Disorders. 2010.  Migraine Trust
  2. Steiner TJ et al. The prevalence and disability burden of adult migraine in England and their relationships to age, gender and ethnicity. Cephalalgia. 2003;23(7):519-527.
  3. ‘MIA – Migraine Impact in Australia– survey by Stollznow Research, via national online panel, conducted in April 2011 amongst 507 Australians with migraine aged 18-64. The MIA survey was developed as a partnership initiative between Headache Australia and MSD. The survey was funded by MSD.
  4. Steiner, Timothy J., et al. “Headache disorders are third cause of disability worldwide.” The journal of headache and pain 16.1 (2015): 1-3.
  5. Blumenfeld, A. M., et al. “Disability, HRQoL and resource use among chronic and episodic migraineurs: results from the International Burden of Migraine Study (IBMS).” Cephalalgia 31.3 (2011): 301-315.
  6. Pavone E et al. Patterns of triptans use: a study based on the records of a community pharmaceutical department. Cephalalgia. 2007;27(9):1000-4.
  7. World Health Organization. Atlas of headache disorders and resources in the world 2011.
  8. Mauser, Emily D., and Noah L. Rosen. “So many migraines, so few subspecialists: Analysis of the geographic location of United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS) certified headache subspecialists compared to United States headache demographics.” Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain 54.8 (2014): 1347-1357.

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Posted On: 14 April, 2016
Modified On: 20 April, 2016


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