Migraine & Headache Awareness Week 2020

Learn more about your chronic or debilitating disorder from an Australian headache specialist during Migraine & Headache Awareness Week

14-18 September 2020 | Online | Live with Audience Q&A 

Migraine and headache seminars will be held online for all Australians by an expert or headache specialist. Each session will include a discussion on a particular topic followed by live audience Q&A. Throughout the week several topics and articles on migraine and headache will also be released. See below for the schedule.

Schedule & Webinar Registrations

Please note: you only need to register once to attend the online webinars during the week. Once you register you will receive a reminder to each event 15 mins before they begin. You are encouraged to set a reminder for yourself in your diary for the seminars you which to attend. All times are shown in Australian Eastern Time.

Topic: Latest Research And Findings From Around The World

Speaker: Dr. Peter Goadsby

Date: 7:00 pm Monday 14th September

Topic: COVID’s Impact On Headache & Migraine

Speaker: Dr. Bronwyn Jenkins

Date: 6:00 pm Tuesday 15th September

Topic: Patient Panel – Living With Migraine

Host: Sophie Scott, ABC Health Reporter


  • Rick Morton, Author & Journalist
  • Fiona Jeffrey, Ex-Representative Athlete & Podcast Host
  • Jessica Munro, Registered Nurse & Patient Advocate

Date: 6:00 pm Wednesday 16th September

Topic: Migraine Treatment(s) PBS Submission Process & Update

Host: Jo Watson, Deputy Chair, Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC)

Date: 12:00 pm (noon) Thursday 17th September

Topic: New Treatments

Host: Dr. Elspeth Hutton

Date: 6:00 pm Thursday 17th September

Topic: Other Headache Types Including Cluster Headache, NDPH and MOH

Host: Dr. Michael Eller

Date: 12:00 pm (noon) Friday 18th September


Peter Goadsby MD

Dr. Peter Goadsby

Dr. Peter J. Goadsby is one of the world’s leading headache neurologists and researchers, and a Professor at King’s College London. Dr. Goadsby is a past President of the International Headache Society and the current President of the American Headache Society. He is on the board of the American Migraine Foundation, in addition to serving on the American Registry Migraine Research (ARMR) Scientific Advisory Board and Executive Committee.  Dr. Goadsby is also a trustee for The Migraine Trust. He was one of the first to explore CGRP (calcitonin gene-related peptide), the protein known for causing migraine. This discovery has been instrumental in creating the new class of medications CGRP-R antagonists, including Aimovig, Ajovy, and Emgality.

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Dr. Bronwyn Jenkins

Dr. Bronwyn Jenkins (BMed FRACP) is a neurologist with subspecialty interests in headache and stroke. She graduated from The University of Newcastle in 1995, and a highlight of her training has been an International Headache Society Headache Master School, which Australia has then been able to host in Sydney in 2018. She is President-Elect and Chair of the Education Subcommittee for the Australian and New Zealand Headache Society (ANZHS) which aims to improve the management of headache patients in our region.


Sophie Scott, ABC Health Reporter

Having written two critically acclaimed books, and received numerous awards including the Australian Museum Eureka prize for medical journalism, Sophie is a highly respected and sought after health presenter. She’s the national medical reporter for the ABC, with her stories appearing on ABC news, 7.30, ABC radio and online. Sophie writes and speaks about the science of positive psychology with thousands of readers regularly responding to her blog. She has hosted and spoken at numerous events including Research Australia awards dinner, World Congress on Positive Psychology, the Mayo Clinic social media conference, Royal Australian College of Physicians conference and many mental health and patient-centred events.


Dr. Elspeth Hutton

Dr. Hutton is a specialist neurologist with an interest in headache. At Alfred Hospital Dr. Hutton established the diagnostic and clinical service in neuropathy, neuropathic pain and headache. She also holds a research appointment at Monash University. Dr. Hutton has been awarded several prizes and fellowships and is internationally recognized for her work in pain research and has international experience in the diagnosis and management of neuropathy, pain, headache and migraine. She is a member of several international societies, including the Australian Association of Neurologists (ANZAN), The American Association of Neurologists (AAN), and the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).

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Jo Watson, Deputy Chair PBAC

Jo Watson is the Deputy Chair of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC), and has been a consumer nominee on the PBAC since 2013. She is also Chair of the HTA Consumer Consultative Committee within the Department of Health. Areas of interest include developing model pathways for patient engagement in health technology assessment and capacity building for patient representatives. She is the current Deputy Chair of the Consumers Health Forum, the peak national health consumer organisation in Australia, and has been a Board Director since 2012. Jo has been a community representative and patient advocate in the Australian HIV response since the early nineties.


Dr. Michael Eller

Dr. Michael Eller specialises in the management of headache disorders such as migraine and trigeminal autonomic cephalgias (TACs) such as cluster headache. This includes the administration of injections for treatment migraine and the TACs. He also manages other general neurological disorders such as vertigo, cognitive problems, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy and epilepsy. In 2012-2014, Dr. Eller was on the faculty at University California San Francisco, attached to the UCSF Headache Centre under Professor Peter Goadsby. He conducted clinical and functional neuroimaging research in this capacity, as well as maintaining a headache clinic. He has previously worked as a visiting specialist at Royal Darwin Hospital, and is currently at Monash Neurology.


Rick Morton, Author & Journalist

Rick Morton is an award-winning journalist and the author of One Hundred Years of Dirt (MUP, 2018). He is the Senior Reporter for The Saturday Paper. Originally from Queensland, Rick worked in Sydney, Hobart, Melbourne and Canberra as the social affairs writer for The Australian with a particular focus on social policy including the National Disability Insurance Scheme, aged care, the welfare system, religion and employment services. Rick is the winner of the 2013 Kennedy Award for Young Journalist of the Year and the 2017 Kennedy Award for Outstanding Columnist. He appears regularly on television, radio and panels discussing politics, the media, writing and social policy.


Fiona Jeffrey, Ex-Representative Athlete & Podcast Host

Fiona represented Australia in ice hockey both as a player and coach, travelling to Iceland and Finland. She also captained the Canberra Pirates ice hockey team. She lived in Japan and the USA, and is fluent in Japanese with a Masters in Advanced Japanese Studies. Her many career adventures include working as a translator, interpreter, website manager, carer, technical writer, and most recently HR advisor in the Australian Public Service. She now hosts Australia’s first migraine podcast to help others living with migraine and enjoys meeting new people from the world migraine community.

Jessica Munro

Jessica Munro, Registered Nurse & Patient Advocate

Jess is a Registered Nurse with a keen interest in Headache and Migraine treatment. As someone living with vestibular migraine, Jess is a determined patient advocate, pushing for better availability of education and access to care for sufferers. Recently Jess participated in a strategic workshop held by Migraine & Headache Australia to help formulate a national strategy for chronic migraine alongside other stakeholders such as clinicians, researchers, patients, carers and industry participants.

Join the National Headache Australia register if you suffer chronic headaches or migraine.

You’ll receive current information, research development and opportunities to participate in leading research projects and treatment trials.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register?

You are encouraged to sign up to the National Headache Register which is a private email list that provides those affected by migraine or headache access to the latest new research, treatments, events, updates and opportunities to participate in research and advocacy. In addition to the link in this FAQ response, you can also sign up at the top or bottom of this event page. All the information about the event will be shared via email.

If you’d like to attend a specific online seminar we’d encourage you to register for that event specifically by clicking on the purple register button. There are several on this page corresponding to the seminar topic.

I missed my in-person seminar, is there anyway I can see a recording?

Yes, if you join the National Headache Register then you will be able to access the recordings from recently held seminars. Please allow several weeks after Migraine & Headache Awareness Week for the newly recorded talks to be made available. You will be notified via email with the details. Join the National Headache Register to ensure you are notified.


UPDATE: the recordings have now been posted online and are available here: https://headacheaustralia.org.au/2020-headache-week-videos/

Are there any in-person seminars in 2020?

Unfortunately due to the pandemic and public safety the entire event has been made virtual for Migraine & Headache Awareness Week in 2020. There are no in-person seminars this year.

How can I watch a previously recorded presentation?

Recordings are available from previous years in the links below:

Can I attend multiple events or seminars?

Yes you can. You may decide to watch one or more online recordings. To do attend, make sure you register online and check your email for instructions on how to attend the live & online seminar(s).

What if I am in a remote area?

As long as you have an internet connection anyone in Australia or overseas will be able to register online and watch the seminars.

What is the relationship between Migraine & Headache Australia and Brain Foundation?

Migraine & Headache Australia is a division of the Brain Foundation, a registered Australian charitable organisation. The Brain Foundation funds research across all neurological disorders, including headache & migraine. Any money donated directly to Migraine & Headache Australia goes to funding Headache & Migraine Research, rather than General Research initiatives. Read more about where your donation goes.

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