New specialised care for women with endometriosis and pelvic pain

New specialised care for women with endometriosis and pelvic pain

06 April, 2023

Eastern Melbourne PHN is delighted that EACH in Ringwood was announced to run one of Australia’s first endometriosis and pelvic pain clinics. Endometriosis affects at least 1 in 9 Australian women and can have an extensive, devastating impact on the daily lives of sufferers. With those suffering waiting on average of seven years before diagnosis.

As a provider of women’s health services for over a decade, EACH is well-placed to provide life-changing care for women with these chronic conditions. EACH CEO Natalie Sullivan said the Clinic would ensure women experiencing pelvic pain and endometriosis can access much-needed specialised assessment and treatment services.

‘We know that women living with endometriosis experience debilitating symptoms that can be lifelong. This service will provide specialised person-centred care that will ensure women can manage their symptoms and lead full, healthy lives,’ said Natalie Sullivan.

EACH will offer the Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Clinic in Ringwood East as part of their Women’s Health Services in the region, which includes a Sexual and Reproductive Health program. The Clinic will be one of 20 across Australia.

This service will provide easy access to expert and experienced teams that aim to shorten diagnosis times and focus on management.

Natalie said it was imperative that women with potential symptoms get immediate help, ‘Early diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis can help manage symptoms and prevent further complications. Our multidisciplinary team includes specialist GPs who work with affected women to develop a personalised treatment plan that can integrate a broader range of support from nurses, physiotherapists, health psychologists and other allied health professionals for pain management.’

‘Living with a chronic condition can be crippling. However, with the right care and support, women with endometriosis can manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life,’ Natalie said.

The Clinics are part of the Albanese Government’s $58.3 million package for endometriosis and pelvic pain, announced in the 2022-23 Budget. The Commonwealth Government is committed to improving health outcomes for women, Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ged Kearney MP commenting,

“The recognition of endometriosis and pelvic pain as serious conditions has been a long and hard-fought battle from fierce advocates in the sector and in our communities. I want to say to those people – thank you and we’re listening.”

The Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Clinic at EACH is expected to open in the coming months. To keep up-to-date with all the latest news, you can subscribe to our newsletter here.