Endometriosis awareness campaign to be launched

Paul Hayes

3/09/2018 10:49:04 AM

A new Federal Government social media campaign for endometriosis awareness will complement its recently launched national action plan.

Endometriosis affects one in 10 Australian women of reproductive age.
Endometriosis affects one in 10 Australian women of reproductive age.

The campaign which is aimed at raising awareness of common endometriosis symptoms among the Australian public and encouraging women and girls who suspect they might have the disorder to undertake a consultation with a GP.
The social media campaign will officially get underway on Monday 10 September.
The Federal Government’s National Action Plan for Endometriosis, launched in July, is designed to improve awareness and understanding of the disorder, speed up diagnosis, and develop better diagnostic and treatment options. The Government said the action plan is centred on themes of greater awareness and education, improved clinical management and care, and further medical research.
‘Many have suffered in silence for far too long, enduring diagnostic delays of between seven and 12 years on average,’ Minister Hunt said when the action plan was launched.
‘Patients have historically experienced poor clinical care, due to a low level of understanding of the condition, both amongst the public and the medical community.’
Endometriosis occurs when endometrial tissue is found outside of the uterus. During the menstrual cycle, the tissue that lines the uterus breaks down, bleeds and leaves the body. But the blood from the extra tissue outside the uterus remains inside, causing inflammation and often significant pain.
Although endometriosis is a relatively common condition in Australia, affecting one in 10 women of reproductive age, the path to diagnosis can be a long one, often as many as seven years.
The National Action Plan for Endometriosis will be accompanied by a number of new resources for healthcare professionals, including clinical guidelines and short courses.

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