Associated New Zealand Myalgic Encephalopathy Society Inc.
17th November, 2016
Dr Ros Vallings, Lucinda Bateman, Sharni Hardcastle.
New Zealand's leading authority on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Dr Ros Vallings has received the prestigious international
Nelson Gantz Clinicians Award
ANZMES (Associated New Zealand Myalgic Encephalopathy Society) is proud to report that Dr Ros Vallings received the
Nelson Gantz Clinicians award at the IACFS Conference held in Florida USA on the 30th of October, 2016. The award is
given in recognition to a physician who emulates Gantz’s clinical acumen, his passion for medicine, and his empathy for
persons with ME (Myalgic Encephalopathy)/CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/FMD (Fibromyalgia Disease).
Dr. Rosamund Vallings is a general practitioner in Auckland since 1967 and specialises in ME/CFS and related disorders
and is New Zealand’s leading authority in ME/CFS. Ros has been seeing patients with ME/CFS in New Zealand for more than
36 years with a patient base of over 6000 individuals. Dr Ros Vallings has devoted much of her time and energy in
diagnosing and treating people with ME/CFS in her clinic and actively ensures that she is up to date with the advances
internationally in research on ME/CFS.
Ros attends two International conferences annually where she writes up reports which are disseminated worldwide to
interested groups. Articles by Dr Vallings have been published in major medical journals. She is active educating
Medical Specialists, Physicians, Students, ME/CFS Groups and members of the general public about the illness throughout
NZ. Patients have found her on-going compassion and support extremely valuable, especially as the illness tends to
create isolation for many of them. General practitioners throughout New Zealand refer patients with ME/CFS to Dr
Vallings because of her specialist knowledge in this area.
• Ros was a founding member and former president of the Associated New Zealand ME/CFS Society. She is now Medical
Adviser to the Society.
• In 2008, she was awarded Membership of the NZ Order of Merit for services to CFS/ME in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours.
• Dr Vallings has written two books on ME/CFS. One book is specifically for teenagers while the other book concentrates
on adults with the condition. Ros has sat on various international boards for ME/ CFS and has taken part in
International groups writing physicians primers, pediatric guidelines etc. on the condition. She has been widely
involved with various research groups and served on International committees for ME/CFS.
President of ANZMES Ms Heather Wilson
Dr Ros Vallings is one of the people who started ANZMES (Associated New Zealand Myalgic Encephalopathy Society) and has
stayed on committee in various roles from President to Medical Adviser for 36 years to date. I have utmost respect for
Ros for her dedication and support to those
who have ME/CFS, her selfless giving and her passion to educate the Medical Professionals in New Zealand. Her high
quality conference reports are well known throughout the world, along with her work on ME/CFS various boards both
Nationally and Internationally. Ros is very deserving of her award and both myself and ANZMES congratulate Ros for this
Dr Ken Jolly from Nelson
As a clinician Ros is peerless. She gives constantly of her own time and emotions to all her patients and can truly be
said to be a very caring doctor. Her knowledge of CFS is encyclopedic and she has a real knack of passing this
information on to others.
Ros is a truly dedicated clinician - probably the most dedicated doctor I know. Most of her clinical acumen she applies
to her CFS patients in order to help them have better lives. Ros has now seen and treated CFS patients for over fifty
years and this has been in a world where most clinicians and researchers have shied away from having anything to do with
CFS. -Ken Jolly, MD patient
Warren Tate, professor of biochemistry, University of Otago
Ros Vallings has shared her extensive knowledge and experience of the illness, backed by her international service, with
both practitioners and patients, not only in the Auckland region that has almost one third of the New Zealand
population, but also throughout New Zealand. What sets her aside like a beacon from other practitioners is that she is
able to support her patients with confidence and empathy, Ros is a brilliant communicator in her many talks and
workshops spanning the public, medical students, senior health practitioners, and the health research community. She is
the national expert on the illness at all levels and regularly reports back to such interest groups on the latest
research findings that she has heard about at international conferences. She is widely respected and known nationally by
patients, health professionals and researchers alike and is a pivotal person in the national disease organisation
ANZMES, who Ros Vallings has served in a voluntary capacity for over 36 years, is one of the oldest ME/CFS associations
in the world, a New Zealand charity that that campaigns for and provides support and information to members of the
community suffering from the debilitating illness ME/CFS. To learn more about ANZMES visit the web page on www.anzmes.org.nz