The Victorian Pelvic Pain Symposium – “laying bare the truth down there…”

The Victorian Pelvic Pain Symposium – “laying bare the truth down there…”

24 June, 2024

The Victorian Pelvic Pain Symposium, held on June 13, was a groundbreaking event focused on the issue of pelvic pain. It served as a platform for exchanging knowledge, fostering collaboration, and advocating for patient-centred care in pelvic pain management.

Pelvic pain affects 1 in 5 women and individuals assigned female at birth; it can impact all facets of one’s life. It is a significant issue that demands our collective attention.

The event brought together a diverse group of experts, including policymakers and individuals with lived experience, to discuss various topics, such as:

  • Unveiling the complexities of pelvic pain
  • Raising awareness among healthcare professionals and patients
  • Developing strategies to ensure timely access to patient-centred care
  • Identifying appropriate treatments and support mechanisms
  • Creating cooperative, patient-focused care frameworks for now and the future

The discussions highlighted the vital role that General Practice and multidisciplinary practitioners play in the management of pelvic pain. The Victorian Pelvic Pain Symposium not only spotlighted the present state of pelvic pain management but also charted a course for future advancements in the field. This event was a testament to the collective efforts needed to drive change and ensure pelvic pain receives the attention it deserves.

Eastern Melbourne PHN has two Commonwealth-funded Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain GP Clinics in the catchment, EACH Ringwood and Epping Plaza Medical & Dental Centre. These clinics aim to reduce diagnostic delays and ensure early access to intervention, care, treatment options, and referral services for individuals in the community experiencing endometriosis and pelvic pain.

EACH Ringwood and Epping Plaza Medical & Dental Centre are led by experienced General Practitioners and supported by a skilled multidisciplinary team. The service is available to any female or person assigned female at birth, who has a diagnosis of endometriosis or seeking a diagnosis for pelvic pain.

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