You told us you wanted to do another petition, so we have. This time, we are using the parliament’s own system and directly petitioning the House of Representatives to ask for a parliamentary inquiry into the burden of migraine.
WHY: Because we don’t know what we don’t know. And we don’t know a lot about migraine in Australia.
We have estimates and guesses, but most of the real facts about who has migraine, how well migraine is being managed, what drugs we are using, who is on welfare because of migraine, how much migraine costs the economy, and the like, are held by government departments.
We don’t even have a solid number on how many people in Australia live with migraine, with estimates varying between 7% and 20%.
We do know that only $7.1m in federal funding has been allocated to migraine over the last decade (through NHMRC funding for medical research), while Deloitte Access Economics estimate migraine costs the Australian economy $35b each year.
We do know that the government will have to approve a big expenditure on the new anti-CGRP drugs like Aimovig, but we do not know how much it will save the budget to have those who do well on the new treatments not draining the health and welfare systems, and in some cases being able to go back to work and become taxpayers again. If any one of the new medications is forecasted to cost the budget more than $20m it will need the approval of the full cabinet, which means we need more people than just the Health Minister to be across the issue.
A parliamentary inquiry can compel information from departments, gather information from other organisations, and even you can make your own submission, brings it all together, and then makes recommendations to Government on what they need to do. It’s a great way to increase awareness amongst our decision makers (especially the important cabinet members), find out just how big the problem of migraine is in Australia, and kickstart some very necessary action.
HOW: To sign the petition, go here https://www.aph.gov.au/petition_sign?id=EN1046 – just put in your name, email, check the box, click the sign button and do a catchpha thing to prove you’re not a robot, click confirm. VERY IMPORTANT: then check your email, and click the link to prove you are a real person. Then you’re done!
(Yes, it is a couple more steps than your normal online petition, but the parliament really wants to know you’re real.)
WE ONLY HAVE UNTIL THE 16th OF OCTOBER TO GET AS MANY SIGNATURES AS POSSIBLE! PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE TODAY!
Note: as this is an official petition to the parliament you must be a resident or citizen of Australia to sign.
Please be sure to share this with as many people as you can – a really effective way to do that is to forward a message on Facebook messenger to everyone you can. You may have already seen some messages being forwarded. Messenger ensures they see it, where as most things shared to your wall get missed.
Thank you all so much for your support.