Research is essential. It helps us find answers to the unknown. Unfortunately, due to severe lack of funding, there is little research on migraine. We need to change this. We need to bring migraine out of the dark. We need a Centre for Research Excellence in migraine.
The Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) scheme provides support for teams of researchers to conduct research. This improves health outcomes and promotes or improves translation of research outcomes into policy and practice.
Here at Migraine Australia, our mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians living with migraine and their families. We are fundamentally unable to deliver on our mission without better data on what migraine is and how many and which Australians it affects.
The lack of funding is not due to lack of applications either. Prof. Goadsby and Distinguished Prof. Griffiths led an application for a Centre of Research Excellence in migraine. They’ve applied four times - and four times their application was unsuccessful.
But we won’t give up. There is an urgent need for research to fill the enormous knowledge gaps in our understanding of migraine in Australia. We know understanding migraine also reduces migraine stigma.
A study undertaken by more than 480 people living with migraine showed us that migraine stigma affects 94 per cent of those with migraine.
The survey found that migraine patients don’t feel that medical professionals have a good understanding of what it is like to live with migraine and fail to get adequate medical care because they were not taken seriously.
Research can not only lead to better quality of care, but it can lead to improved information and understanding of the condition itself.
So, how can you help?
Ask the candidates who are asking for your vote what they are going to do to make migraine a national priority for research funding.
We need to make sure migraine is on everyone’s agenda. Migraine is a priority and we’re going to finally do something about it.
Talk to your MP or candidates and tell them you want to see more research on migraine. Not sure how? Check out our guide for speaking to MPs and candidates here https://www.migraine.org.au/pollieguide