Migraines are a leading cause of adult disability with an estimated five million headache sufferers in Australia (GBD collaborators, Lancet Neurology, 2017). A lack of access to neurologists means primary healthcare physicians need to understand the latest advances in the diagnosis and treatment of migraines to effectively manage their many patients who suffer from this debilitating condition. Education focused on the essentials of migraine management, which transfers specialist knowledge from neurologists to general practitioners, will improve the lives of these patients.

Course Director Tissa Wijeratne, Chair of Academic Medicine and Director of Neurology at Western Health, and his team of neurologists have developed this dynamic course to capture the most recent clinical research and developments in migraine management. The course includes a comprehensive and practical diagnosis approach, management plans for acute headache attacks and preventative strategies to manage migraines. Tissa believes by transferring knowledge to primary healthcare professionals, headache sufferers will be diagnosed and treated more timely manner, rather than waiting for a specialist care.

Designed for

Primary health care physicians who require an understanding of headache management, including general practitioners, physician trainees, practice nurses, general physicians and medical students.

Course outline

Tutorial 1: Acute Migraine

Tutorial 2: Chronic Migraine

Tutorial 3: Medication Overuse Headache

Tutorial 4: Other Primary Headaches

Tutorial 5: Secondary Headaches

The course will provide knowledge and skills on:

  • Diagnostic criteria
  • “Red flags” and consideration of differential diagnoses
  • Preventative measures encompassing non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic therapies

Delivery mode

Online. Approx. 8 hours of learning

Students have the flexibility to study in their own time and at their own pace. Program materials can be accessed through the eLearning education App on mobile devices, including tablets and smartphones (iOS, Android or Windows) or via a computer internet browser.

Course Director

  • Tissa Wijeratne


  • Mina Ghaly
  • Robert Henneberry
  • Geraldine Ng
  • Jo Lyn Ng
  • Mei Yan Ngun
  • Chun Seng Phua
  • Fatemeh Rezania
  • Angelos Sharobeam
  • Melissa Tang
  • Hans Tu
  • Nirosen Vijiaratnam


Please note that this course is currently pending approval for RACGP QI&CPD Category 2 accreditation. We recommend that GPs complete our EOI form and we will notify you when the course becomes approved for QI&CPD.

Course Information

Key dates

Students have the flexibility to study in their own time and at their own pace


Full Fee: $550

Discounted Fee: $330 (For Nurses/Medical Students/Doctors in Training)


100% Online

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this course.


The assessment is submission of 6 self-assessments and 20 case studies. A Certificate of Completion is provided upon satisfactory completion of the course.