FIBROMYALGIA NZ .

We are a small, start up  organisation dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of all kiwis affected by Fibromyalgia. We run online and in-person support groups, and we are currently developing a FMS management curriculum you can use from the comfort of your own home.

COVID-19 RESPONSE

We want to make sure that all those living with Fibromyalgia in Aotearoa have access to the support they need to be well as we face these difficult times. We have moved all our support services to an online format. Click below to learn more about our response to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

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OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19


In Aotearoa New Zealand, we are currently in a period of lockdown to keep our communities safe from the COVID-19 coronavirus. This has been mandated by the New Zealand government, so all in-person gatherings, including our support groups have been cancelled until the lockdown has been lifted, and until health officials advise that it is safe to meet in person again.

We know that this is a difficult time for everyone, especially those experiencing troubles with their Fibromyalgia. FMNZ is committed to supporting our community throughout this difficult time, and we will enhance our existing online services to do this.

1. VIDEOCONFERENCE SUPPORT GROUPS


We recognise that attending in person support groups is a highlight for many of our members, and is important to have a safe space to socialise and share the challenges of living with Fibromyalgia. In order to preserve this positive, relaxed, and social event, we are moving all sessions to online videoconferencing. If you have joined one of our Zoom sessions before, it will be very similar. Simply register on the Facebook event with your email address, and you will be sent a link to join the meeting, as well as some advice to help you get set up.

Find out more here.

2. FACEBOOK SUPPORT


We will be enhancing our existing Facebook support groups, with more regular check-ins, group activities, and helpful information to get through the next four weeks of isolation. Our main group "Fibromyalgia NZ Support" will feature all of these activities, though we encourage members to also join local chapter groups so you can keep in touch with members in your area.

Join the Facebook group here.

3. NEWSLETTER UPDATES


For those who don't use Facebook, we will provide more regular newsletter updates containing up to date information about COVID19, and tips, tricks, and suggestions for coping with Fibromyalgia at home during this increasingly stressful time. We will also keep you up to date with additional online support group sessions and other resources that you may find helpful.
Make sure you receive the latest newsletters by becoming an FMNZ member here.

We’re here to support

Fibromyalgia Aotearoa New Zealand is dedicated to supporting all people affected by Fibromyalgia, and associated conditions. While our support groups are for people with lived experience, we also have resources available for family and community, as well as health professionals. It takes a team to manage Fibromyalgia, and we make sure we’re all on the same page.

For Patients

We provide online information, as well as support groups to help you manage your fibromyalgia. You can join a support group in person, via teleconference, or on Facebook.

We believe that with the right support and strategies, it is completely possible to be healthy and well with Fibromyalgia.

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For Community

If you’re a friend, family member, or other member of the community looking to see how you can support people with Fibromyalgia, you’ve come to the right place. We have a number of ways you can make a difference.

If you’re interested in supporting FMANZ through volunteering or raising awareness, we’d also love to have you!

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For Health Professionals

If you’re a health professional wondering how you can keep up to date with the latest research and best practice to support your patients with Fibromyalgia, we have a number of resources available. We have tips and advice for engaging your patients, and we also publish new research on our News page as available.

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So you want to join one of our support groups? That’s great news! Simply click “Register Now”, fill out the form, and one of our facilitators will be in touch to get you started.