Women across Victoria with endometriosis will soon have access to new resources and support to improve earlier diagnosis, treatment and management of the condition.
Marking World Endometriosis Day today, Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy, announced the Andrews Labor Government is providing $100,000 for Jean Hailes for Women’s Health to develop new educational resources.
The resources, for both women and health professionals, are the first of their kind in Victoria and are designed to give women the knowledge and confidence they need to better manage their condition and improve their quality of life.
Evidence suggests that late diagnosis of endometriosis is common, and often takes between seven and ten years for health professionals to identify the cause of women’s symptoms associated with endometriosis.
Jean Hailes for Women’s Health runs clinics for women with endometriosis in Melbourne, and will draw on the latest scientific research to develop the resources and tools for women and health professionals.
In addition to having access to these user-friendly resources, health professionals will also be able to participate in a webinar.
There are about 200,000 women living with endometriosis in Victoria.
Jean Hailes for Women’s Health is a not-for-profit organisation providing women with information, knowledge and clinical care the help them better manage their own health and wellbeing through all stages of life.
The Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2015-19, released last September, outlines the Government’s key priorities over the next four years to improve the health and wellbeing of all Victorians, particularly the most disadvantaged. Improving sexual health and reproductive health is one of the six priorities.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy
“Today we join other women worldwide to raise awareness and show our support to women with endometriosis and tell them they are not alone.”
“Women with endometriosis often suffer in silence, both through physical pain and emotional distress, unable to receive the medical and social support they need.”
“These Victorian first resources will deliver better health outcomes for Victorian women with endometriosis through early diagnosis, treatment and management of the condition that can cause infertility.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020