The Australian Government has recently announced the delivery of Australia’s first Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Clinics across the country.
Twenty clinics are set to open across all states and territories and will provide expert, multidisciplinary services for women with endometriosis and pelvic pain.
Endometriosis is a common disease affecting one in nine Australian women. Common symptoms include pelvic pain, cramping, bloating, fatigue and nausea. Symptoms can sometimes be extreme and lead to infertility issues for some. The disease mostly affects the reproductive organs but is also frequently found in the bowel, bladder and sometimes in muscles, joints, the lungs and brain.
The Australian Government has now committed to 20 specialised and multidisciplinary clinics to provide care for more woman across Australia, with at least one clinic in each state and territory and a mix of regional and metropolitan locations.
The specialised clinics will operate in existing general practices, in an effort to reduce diagnostic delays and promote early access to the multi-disciplinary intervention, care and treatment of endometriosis and pelvic pain. The clinics will also provide access to information, care options, professional knowledge and skills to raise awareness of the conditions. Funding to clinics will be provided over four years to cover specialised recruitment, equipment and required resources.
The local clinic for the Western NSW region will be at the Orange Family Medical Centre in Orange, NSW.