More support for women with endo

Member for Forrest Nola Marino is pleased to announce the Morrison Government is providing more support for women with endometriosis by educating doctors and nurses on managing the disease.

The Morrison Government is investing over $400,000 educating doctors and nurses as part of the funding set aside in the Budget for improving education among primary healthcare professionals.

“This will ensure Australia has its first clinical practice guideline for endometriosis,” Mrs Marino said.

“This is a step towards addressing patients waiting seven to 12 years on average for a diagnosis, and the pain they suffer during this wait.
“The guideline will be a tool for professions who are dealing with patients with the disease.”

Over $39,000 will also be invested developing the first in-depth tertiary unit of study on the disease for Australian nurses.

The Australian College of Nursing, in collaboration with Australia’s first endometriosis specialist nurse, Dr Melissa Parker, will develop this subject to specifically address endometriosis education for nurses.

“Nurses are on the frontline of our healthcare and this addresses another of the National Action Plan’s recommendation to upskill nurses and other health professionals identifying symptoms,” Mrs Marino said.

The Government looks forward to working with the states and territories on the roll out of the new Safe Work Australia workplace materials, following unanimous endorsement of the National Action Plan for Endometriosis at the recent COAG Health Council.

Last month the Morrison Government launched Australia’s first National Action Plan for Endometriosis and has invested a total of nearly $5 million to date to combat the condition.