Dr. Rosamund Vallings
MNZM, MB BS (Lond), MRCS LRCP, Dip Clin Hyp, BA (Massey)
I ran a medical practice in Auckland from 1966, and this became specialised over the next 35 years, with most patients suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME) and related conditions. I have been involved in diagnosing and managing these patients who have mostly come on referral from other doctors. I ran regular seminars for patients, and have produced an education booklet and a number of information sheets. I have published 3 books: “Diagnosis and management of CFS/ME” (September 2012, new edition 2020), "Managing ME/CFS" a guide for young people (September 2015) and “A pocket guide to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME” (August 2017).
I am medical adviser to the ANZMES – the national organisation supporting those with CFS/ME. I have been involved in GP and student education at the University of Auckland and speak to medical groups around NZ. I have regularly attended international CFS/ME conferences and presented papers. I have visited a number of CFS/ME centres overseas, and maintain contact with many overseas CFS/ME organisations.
I am a member of the International Association for CFS/ME (IACFS).
I have reviewed the overseas guidelines for diagnosis and management of CFS/ME for the NZ Guidelines Group, with a view to providing a set of NZ guidelines. I am also a co-author of the IACFS/ME physicians’ primer, and I have participated in the international group producing the Canadian and International consensus definitions for CFS/ME. I was involved as co-author with an international group writing the Paediatric Primer for Physicians.
I have frequently been involved in collaborative research both in NZ and overseas.
In January 2008, I was awarded Membership of the NZ Order of Merit for services to CFS/ME in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours.
I was awarded the Nelson Gantz Outstanding Clinician Award by the IACFS/ME at their biennial conference in October 2016.
I have recently retired from my medical practice, but will continue teaching about ME/CFS to other doctors and health professionals, and maintain active participation in research.
If you have been a patient of mine, assuming you were referred by your GP, your GP will have received a letter from me outlining a detailed management plan. So if you do need medical help, your own GP should now be your first port of call. Those patients who are registered at our Howick practice, will continue to be cared for by the excellent team of doctors there.
For support, information handouts and membership details contact ANZMES, our national organisation. (www.anzmes.org,nz). ANZMES however cannot give personalised medical advice.
Awards at the IACFS/ME conference, Florida, 2016
Rosamund Vallings - Outstanding Clinician
Lucinda Bateman - Outstanding Researcher
Sharni Hardcastle - Junior Investigator Award