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Endometriosis plan released

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Australia has its first National Action Plan for Endometriosis, the painful condition that affects one in 10 Australian women.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said that the plan is designed to improve the quality of life of patients through better treatment and faster diagnosis, with the ultimate aim of finding a cure.

The Government is investing $1.2 million to help implement the Plan’s recommendations, taking the investment in the Plan to $4.7 million.

“Endometriosis is a chronic menstrual health disorder that affects around 700,000 Australian women and girls,” Mr Hunt said.

“It often causes debilitating pain and organ damage, and can lead to mental health complications, social and economic stress, and infertility.

“Many have suffered in silence for far too long, enduring diagnostic delays of between seven and 12 years on average.

The National Endometriosis Steering Group will oversee the implementation of the National Action Plan over the next five years.

Steering Group members include Dr Susan Evans, Janet Michelmore AO, Sylvia Freedman, Nola Marino MP, Jessica Taylor, Professor Peter Rogers, Professor Jason Abbott, and immediate past AMA ACT President, Professor Stephen Robson.

More information is available at http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2018-hunt095.htm