The advisory committee is a body enshrined in Migraine Australia’s constitution to ensure that even the most debilitated migraine patients have a voice and influence over the direction and work of the organisation. This was the organising committee that began Migraine Australia. All members of the advisory committee are people living with migraine, most of whom are at the more debilitated end of the migraine spectrum. The advisory committee advises the board on matters that directly affect the lives and experience of people living with migraine, the support we provide, and any other matters the board or management wishes to get advice on. More hands are always welcome; if you’re interested in joining the committee please email us.
Linda Rollason, Board member and Chair of the Advisory committee (Brisbane)
Linda Rollason is a registered psychologist working in a private hospital. She has had good results with Aimovig reducing her migraine attacks by half. She is very passionate about both her work in mental health and making a difference to the migraine landscape. She is on Migraine Australia’s board representing the advisory committee to ensure patients always have a voice in the organisation’s activities.
Jeanine Orzani, Board member and Chair of the Workplace Working Group (Townsville)
Jeanine is a union organiser, currently on a break from work due to the burden of caring for her 22 year old daughter, who has become completely debilitated by the abdominal migraine she has suffered since she was two. It is suspected Jeanine has four generations of her family living with migraine. Jeanine is helping to organise Migraine Australia and recruit the assistance needed for the organisation, and is working on a program to improve employer awareness and help make workplaces more migraine friendly.
Raphaella Kathryn Crosby – Chair, Research and Advocacy working group (Gold Coast)
Raphaella Kathryn (RK) is a political consultant and academic specialising in voter behaviour, with experience in establishing NFP and member based organisations from her previous political work. She lives with hemiplegic migraine, migraine with brainstem aura, and migraine aura without headache, and has been unable to work since 2012. However, she is a super-responder to Aimovig so is hopeful of returning to some kind of work once its availability on the PBS is secured. RK was the chair of the organising committee, and was behind the original No Aimovig No Vote petition that led to the creation of Migraine Australia.
Carolyn Davison – Chair, Social Media Working Group (Sydney)
Carolyn Davison is a former occupational therapist and casual academic, who lives with hemiplegic and brainstem migraine. She hasn’t been able to work since she was 36 when her migraine attacks became frequent and debilitating. Carolyn is a champion of the community’s Facebook support groups, being the creator and/or admin of Chronically Me, the Australian Aimovig/Emgality information group, and our own Migraine Australia Chat Group.
Karen Foster (Perth)
Karen is a former accountant and so is naturally our treasurer. As well as working in accounting and serving in the Royal Australian Air Force, she has experience working in disability and aged care. Karen lives with Vestibular Migraine, and has been unable to work since 2016.
Natalie Wall – Fundraising and Research and Advocacy working groups (Wollongong)
Nat is a former ICU nurse and nursing academic. She lives with POTS triggered migraine which has prevented her from working for 10 years. She has previous experience in both establishing a NFP and advocating for migraine. Nat is leading the work on a new management tool for migraine.
Monica Arnold (ACT)
Monica is a Registered Nurse that has an interest in public health. She has previously volunteered overseas in Kenya as nurse and hopes to one day do more humantarian work. Monica was first diagnosed with migraine at 6 years old. She currently lives with chronic daily headaches as well as chronic migraine with aura. She hasn’t been able to work since August 2019 but has responded well so far to Ajovy trial and is hoping to transition back to part time work. She is hoping that through advocating and more awareness that the treatment and stigma associated with this condition will improve.