Raphaella Kathryn Crosby

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  • Political pollster
  • Founder of national charity Migraine Australia

Raphaella Kathryn Crosby is an Australian political pollster and founder of national charity Migraine Australia.

Political career

Crosby began her political career volunteering for the National Party with her father. She ran the Australian Democrats campaign in New England in 2001 and later worked as a political consultant. In the 12 months leading up to the 2019 Australian Federal Election she ran a large panel study on voter behaviour, called the Voter Choice Project, as part of her PhD[1]. This work included a particular focus on her home seat of New England[1][2], rural voters,[3][4] and disinterested voters.[5] She has also written about Pauline Hanson and populism in Australian politics.[6] Her PhD thesis, a critical review of voter behaviour research in Australia, was awarded by James Cook University in 2020.[7] In 2021, Crosby relaunched the Voter Choice Project study as the KORE Panel, conducting monthly political polls.[8]

Migraine advocacy

Crosby founded the charity Migraine Australia in 2019, in response to new migraine medications not being listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).[9] Crosby, who lives with chronic hemiplegic migraine, is a 'super responder' to the drug Aimovig.[10][11] Her advocacy has included campaigning for migraine medications to be listed on the PBS,[12][13] significant reform to the pharmaceutical access system in Australia,[14] an end to the misconceptions and stigma of migraine,[15] for migraine data to be collected in the Census[16] and for governments to take migraine seriously.[17]

Personal life

Crosby was born Kathryn Elaine Crosby and changed her name to Raphaella Kathryn in 2018[18]. She is the daughter of John Crosby (businessman).


  1. 1.0 1.1 Millet, Carolyn (2018-06-19). "Voter thoughts in potentially 'very emotional, hard, intense, ugly campaign'". The Northern Daily Leader. Retrieved 2021-11-14.
  2. Green, Steve (2019-01-30). "Barnaby to be re-elected, but not happy Jan". The Inverell Times. Retrieved 2021-11-14.
  3. Wynn, Eliza (2018-06-14). "Rural voters wanted for national study". Farm Weekly. Retrieved 2021-11-14.
  4. "Election lessons from regional Australia: why Labor got the push in the bush". the Guardian. 2019-05-24. Retrieved 2021-11-14.
  5. Hondros, Nathan (2018-06-18). "Wanted: Political pranksters who think 'all politicians are bastards'". The Age. Retrieved 2021-11-14.
  6. Crosby, Raphaella Kathryn (2019), Grant, Bligh; Moore, Tod; Lynch, Tony (eds.), "Pauline Hanson, Personality, and Electoral Fortunes", The Rise of Right-Populism: Pauline Hanson’s One Nation and Australian Politics, Singapore: Springer, pp. 103–142, doi:10.1007/978-981-13-2670-7_6, ISBN 978-981-13-2670-7, retrieved 2021-11-14
  7. Crosby, Raphaella Kathryn (2020). Australian votes in the making: a critical review of voter behaviour research in Australia (phd thesis). James Cook University.
  8. "The Voter Choice Project is now the KORE Panel. – KORE Communication | Strategy | Research". Retrieved 2021-11-14.
  9. "Migraine Australia - Interview with Raphaella Crosby". Listen Notes. Retrieved 2021-11-14.
  10. "Migraine sufferers devastated drug won't be listed on PBS". ABC Radio. 2019-10-28. Retrieved 2021-11-14.
  11. "I was 12 when I got my first migraine and now I know why they are back". ABC News. 2020-06-10. Retrieved 2021-11-14.
  12. Ward, Mary (2021-05-12). "Migraine relief on the way for sufferers with new drug added to PBS". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2021-11-14.
  13. "Addition of migraine prevention drug to PBS paves the way for more help, advocate says". ABC News. 2021-05-12. Retrieved 2021-11-14.
  14. "ParlInfo - Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport : 17/05/2021 : Approval processes for new drugs and novel medical technologies in Australia". parlinfo.aph.gov.au. Retrieved 2021-11-14.
  15. "'Warriors' go to war against migraine misconceptions". Canberra CityNews. 2021-01-26. Retrieved 2021-11-14.
  16. "What to know about the new Census question on long-term health conditions". www.9news.com.au. Retrieved 2021-11-14.
  17. "Advocates are calling for national focus on migraines". Health Times. Retrieved 2021-11-14.
  18. Crosby, Raphaella Kathryn (13 January 2018). "Facebook post". Facebook. Retrieved 14 November 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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