Dr Kathy Rowe – Understanding Young People and ME/CFS

Link – To purchase Dr Rowe’s DVD – DVD cost $10

Dr Kathy Rowe, a top Australian Paediatrician toured New Zealand in November 2014.

Over the past 44 years, she has achieved outstanding national and international recognition for her work in adolescent health.

Kathy is widely acclaimed as a caring, dedicated consultant physician, in the Centre for Adolescent Health at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital. She has also held academic appointments in the University of Melbourne’s Department of Paediatrics, involved in teaching, research and clinical work.

She is an expert in the area of chronic fatigue syndrome, having worked tirelessly and championed its cause when it was not fashionable.

Neil Morris kindly produced a DVD for ANZMES and this can be purchased from the link posted above.

Gluten-Free Food and Allergy Show Hamilton

A Gluten-Free Food & Allergy Show will be held in Hamilton,

21 – 22 March 2015

Among the numerous symptoms ME/CFS sufferers may have to contend with are digestive problems, e.g. irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and sensitivities to certain foods. Member Jeannie Scott attended the 2014 GlutenFree Food and Allergy Show in Auckland and found it very informative and useful. There were over 70 exhibitors offering free samples of their food and products, as well as a range of interesting speakers covering a range of topics of interest to those affected by ME/CFS including: diagnosing and managing IgE mediated food allergy; understanding food allergy and food intolerance; successful gluten free baking; FODMAP-friendly food; cooking for allergies made easy with 4 ingredients. While this show has been held in Auckland in the past, the good news is that it will also be held in Hamilton this year. Put the date in your diary if you suffer from digestive problems; IBS; allergy to nuts, dairy, eggs, etc; intolerance to lactose, dairy, gluten, wheat, etc. There will again be foods and products to sample for free, as well as specials on foods and other products. Free seminars will cover topics including: • How to adapt recipes • How to get the nutrition you need • How to diagnose allergies and intolerances • How to cope with IBS • There will be opportunities to speak directly with the experts about your concerns. Teams from Allergy NZ and other organizations will be in attendance. The show is on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd March from 10am to 5pm both days, at the Claudelands Exhibition & Events Centre, cnr Brooklyn Road and Heaphy Terrace, Hamilton. Cost: $10 (children under 10 years free) Entry includes seminar attendance See website www.glutenallergy.co.nz for more details

Ros Valling Rotorua Speaking Engagement

Dr Ros Vallings - New Zealand Order of Merit
Dr Ros Vallings – New Zealand Order of Merit

Ros will be Speaking about Pain

The Meeting will be held on Friday  6th  March 2015 and commence at 2.00 pm at the Bainbridge Centre, Old Taupo Road, Rotorua,

There is no charge for attending this seminar but  donations are gratefully received to cover the costs of advertising, refreshments and venue hire.



Dr Vallings Speaking in Whangarei in February.


Dr Ros Vallings (New Zealand Order of Merit)

Feb 23rd 2pm.

Come hear an International expert on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome talking about diagnosis and treatment of Myalgic Encephalopathy / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Forum North Whangarei. 7 Rust  Ave, Vinetown, Whangarei  Northland 0110

All welcome
Entry by koha


Dr Lynette Hodges from School of Sport and Exercise at Massey University is looking to recruit volunteers with ME/CFS


Dr Lynette Hodges from the School of Sport and Exercise at Massey University is looking to recruit volunteers with Myalgic Encephalopathy/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The study is assessing responses to repeated exercise testing in individuals with ME/CFS, Multiple Sclerosis and healthy age matched controls. The design of the study includes physiological exercise testing validated by Staci Stevens in California and blood analysis to be used in research by Professor Warren Tate (Otago University) as he searches for a biomarker. Tests will include an arterial stiffness assessment, providing blood samples, brief neuropsychological tests, exercise testing which will last for approximately 12 minutes on a cycle ergometer and an exercise recovery questionnaire. All these tests have been used safely with people with ME/CFS in the past. Dr Ros Vallings, Staci Stevens, Dr Don Baken and Professor Warren Tate have all been involved in the design of the study. It is an exciting opportunity for individuals with ME/CFS to take part in a cutting edge piece of research within New Zealand, which will hopefully answer some of the many unanswered questions about the unique nature of the fatigue. When the results have been analysed participants will be given their individual results if they request these. People interested in participating in the study will be asked to complete the DePaul symptom questionnaire developed by Professor Leonard Jason and then, dependent on their results, will be invited to complete the series of tests at Massey University, Palmerston North campus. More information about the study can be found at the following link.

Massey University Information

MEISS AGM 29 November

The Annual General Meeting for MEISS (Otago and Southland)
will be held at Dunedin Community House 283 Moray Place

on Saturday the 29th of November at 1.pm.

Guest Speaker Professor Warren Tate
Following with an Afternoon Tea

All Welcome!

ME/CFS Public Lecture




Barnett Lecture Theatre

Guest Speaker – Dr Kathy Rowe

Friday the 7th of November at 1.30 pm

An Overview of ME/CFS Management

and the latest International Research.


Australian Paediatrician Kathy Rowe
Australian Paediatrician Kathy Rowe





Australian Paediatrician Kathy Rowe
Australian Paediatrician Kathy Rowe

All Welcome.
1pm on the 2nd of November 2014
at the Disability Resource Centre
14 Erson Ave Royal Oak Auckland
– plenty of parking
Followed by our Guest Speaker
Australian Paediatrician Dr Kathy Rowe
Afternoon Tea will follow
Dr Vallings will introduce guest speaker Paediatrician Dr Kathy Rowe – a researcher who’s achieved outstanding international recognition for her work in adolescent health. Dr Rowe has been helping children and their families cope with ME for over thirty years. Kathy was instrumental in developing strategies to assist thousands of children in Australia to achieve their true potential while dealing with the debilitating effects of ME. Another area of interest for Kathy is working with children/young people who have food intolerance’s.
A question and answer time will be held after Dr Rowe’s speech with Dr Vallings also available to answer questions.

Podcast lecture that Dr Ros Vallings made at Dunedin meeting on 22nd September.

Dr Ros Valling’s lecture on 22nd September, 2014.

Doctor Ros Vallings lecturing.


Thanks to Ros Vallings for coming to Dunedin and lecturing medical students. The following podcast was made for ongoing education for medical students.

Doctor Ros Vallings at the Public Meeting in Dunedin Colquoun Theatre 22 Sept, 2014.

Ros trip
Dr Vallings being introduced at the meeting.
Dr Ros Vallings lecturing to the crowd.
Debbie, ANZMES manager with resources ready to give out.

Doctor Ros Vallings lectured at the Colquhoun Theater in Dunedin on the 22nd September, 2014 to make a Podcast for Medical Students education at a public meeting.
Resources were given to Doctors and Medical Students who attended plus members of the public. There were over a large crowd who turned up on a cold snowy day to listen to the latest information from Ros.