Pledges of Support

Pledge your support for the 1 in 4 middle-aged women working with migraine

Despite 4.9 million Australians living with migraine(1), it remains widely misunderstood and highly stigmatised. Migraine is more than just a headache – it is a serious neurological condition that disproportionately affects women, who make up nearly three quarters (72%) of migraine sufferers. 

Migraine presents a major barrier to women’s participation in the workforce, with a staggering 86% of women with migraine aged between 20 and 45. Sadly, women who suffer from migraine are often overlooked for career advancement opportunities because of absenteeism or the misconception that they cannot handle their duties.

A recent survey commissioned by Migraine & Headache Australia found that almost 1 in 4 (23%) of Australian women living with migraine have left a workplace due to a lack of support for their condition. For frequent migraine sufferers those who experience migraine 11 days or more per month, this number is 38%. (2) 

To address the burden and discrimination of migraine at work, we ask for your signature to pledge to support the Brain Foundation and Migraine & Headache Australia’s in their efforts to roll out a migraine awareness and educational workplace program. This includes a targeted awareness campaign for employers to reduce stigma, promote early diagnosis and treatment. 

Brain Foundation and Migraine & Headache Australia will be seeking meetings and support from federal and state unions, corporate groups and will also be making a budget submission in January 2024. 

In return for your pledge, the Brain Foundation and Migraine & Headache Australia will: 

    1. Show your pledge alongside others on our website.
    2. Promote your pledge via direct email to our email list.
    3. Promote your pledge via our social media channels. 

Pledges from Members of Parliament (MPs)


Dr Helen Haines MP

Member for Indi


Mr Peter Khalil MP

Member for Wills


Mr Max Chandler-Mather MP

Member for Griffith


Senator Wendy Askew

Chief Opposition Whip in the Senate,
Senator for Tasmania


Ms Elizabeth Watson-Brown MP

Member for Ryan



  1. Migraine in Australia Whitepaper, Deloitte Access Economics Report, 2018
  2. Organon and Fiftyfive5. Women & Migraines. 2022. Data on File.
Headache AustralianMigraine & Headache Australia is the only organization in Australia that aims to support the more than 5 million Australians affected by headache and migraine.