Dr. Rosamund Vallings
MNZM, MB BS (Lond), MRCS LRCP, Dip Clin Hyp, BA (Massey)
I have run a medical practice in Auckland since 1966, and this has become specialised over the past 35 years, with most patients suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME) and related conditions. I am involved in diagnosing and managing these patients who mostly come on referral from other doctors. I run regular seminars for these patients, and have produced an education booklet and a number of information sheets. I have published 2 books: “Diagnosis and management of CFS/ME” (September 2012), "Managing ME/CFS" a guide for young people (September 2015).
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 am currently involved with an international group writing a 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.