The pandemic will end. This is inevitable. There will be a long tail to the crisis, with other health complaints that haven’t been well managed during the pandemic and the complications, consequences and long covid adding to the chronic health burden across the world, but the crisis itself will end.
When the dust settles, and governments around the world set themselves to the task of evaluating what was learned and restructuring their health systems, migraine will still be there. This huge, underdiagnosed and undertreated health problem that robs literally millions of people of the most important years in life will still be ripping at the belly of our health system.
There are careers that have not progressed because of migraine. Work not done and taxes not paid. Babies not born, marriages that don’t happen or fail. Unmanaged migraine leaves kids traumatised by having to watch and care for a parent who is debilitated, or indeed leaves kids debilitated. All because society doesn't deal with migraine.
The COVID-19 numbers will fade away, but there will still be emergency and ward beds unavailable because we haven’t managed migraine. People with long covid won’t be able to access neurologists because so many of them will still have appointment books chock-o-block full of migraine patients. Getting a bulk-billed GP appointment, especially in rural areas, will remain hard so long as millions of Australians have poorly managed migraine.
This huge, unrelenting, beast of a disease that we have known about for millenia and never really dealt with is not going anywhere.
Dealing with the pandemic is important. Learning from it is important. But if we don’t make sure dealing with migraine is on the table as health systems are restructured post-pandemic, then it may well be another 100 years before we start to deal with migraine.
We’re not ok with that. We’re sure you're not either. So please, email or call your local MP, and any candidates in your area, and tell them you won’t vote for them if they don’t tell us what they’re going to do to bring migraine Out of the Dark.
DO YOU WANT TO HELP BRING MIGRAINE OUT OF THE DARK?
- Write or talk to your local MP or candidates - read our guide!
- Bring your own migraine out of the dark by sharing your story - either written or a video - on social media. Let people know how migraine affects you and what you’d like to help you manage it. Remember to add the hashtag #outofthedark
- Donate to Migraine Australia to support this campaign.
- Volunteer with Migraine Australia
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