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Funding will help boost endometriosis support

Women’s health is being put under the spotlight, with new funding to improve support for a condition affecting more females in Queensland than anywhere else in Australia.

Queensland has one of the highest rates of endometriosis.

About one in six, or 17 per cent, of women is diagnosed with endometriosis by the time they are in their early 40s.

This is compared to just over one in 10, or 11 per cent, of women Australia wide.

The state government will invest $18.2 million to improve how these women are supported and how they can access treatment in a timely manner.

This investment is part of the soon-to-be-released Queensland Women and Girls’ Health Strategy 2032.

Endometriosis is a condition where endometrial-like tissue is present outside the uterus and is associated with pelvic pain, infertility and poor mental health.

“My endometriosis journey began like so many others: debilitating pain that I couldn’t explain, trips to emergency that yielded no answers, GPs who didn’t listen – 11 of them, in fact,” QENDO chief executive officer Jessica Taylor says.

“My hope is this investment will help women walk the path that is the diagnosis, treatment and management of endometriosis and pelvic pain.”

The funding will help identify, diagnose and provide better quality care by improving access to advanced clinical, surgical and rehabilitation services for persistent pelvic pain, including care for endometriosis.

Almost 12,000 women and girls shared their experiences during consultation for the strategy.

Worryingly, the results found one-in- three women felt dismissed by healthcare professionals, which commonly leads to misdiagnosis.

Women are waiting longer than clinically recommended for a pelvic pain diagnosis, with the average time to receive an endometriosis diagnosis being seven years.

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