We are proud to announce
Endometriosis Australia research funding.
Endometriosis Australia is awarding a total sum of $170,000 to these endometriosis-related projects!
Endometriosis is a common disease where tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows outside it in other parts of the body. More than 830,000 (more than 11%) of Australian women, girls, and those who are gender diverse suffer from endometriosis at some point in their life with the disease often starting in teenagers.
Symptoms are variable and this may contribute to the 6.5 year delay in diagnosis. Common symptoms include pelvic pain that puts life on hold around or during a person’s period. It can impact fertility for some but not for all.
Whilst endometriosis most often affects the reproductive organs it is frequently found in the bowel and bladder and has been found in muscle, joints, the lungs and the brain.
In an Australian government report, endometriosis is reported to cost Australian society $9.7 billion annually with two-thirds of these costs attributed to a loss in productivity with the remainder, approximately $2.5 billion being direct healthcare costs.
Celebrity Endometriosis Australia Ambassadors Emma Watkins and Tanya Hennessey joined the Board and politicians at the Nation’s Parliament to raise awareness of the disease that affects one in nine women and those who identify as gender diverse. Endometriosis can occur in people as young as eight and be present throughout their reproductive life, and for some, even beyond menopause. This debilitating disease has no known cause and no cure and is as common as diabetes.
According to CEO Maree Davenport “Endometriosis Australia welcomes the Federal Government’s announcement of the first Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Clinics across all states and territories. I was delighted to attend the announcement in November with the "Minister for Endometriosis" of 16 clinics, and we are thrilled to see the investment of Federal funds have now extended to 20 locations."
Attending the Inaugural Parliamentary Friends of Endometriosis Breakfast with the Peak body Endometriosis Australia as Guest speaker, Assistant Minister Ged Kearney MP said she was grateful to the organisation for its advocacy and support for sufferers.
Do you have endometriosis? Visit our Research Notice Board to participate in current research projects.
Our Ambassador Sophia Bender's documentary on endometriosis
Endo & Us Documentary