10 April 2019

$10 million funding boost for endometriosis research and awareness

JOINT release with Minister for Health, The Hon Greg Hunt 

The Morrison Government will provide more support for women in Corangamite with endometriosis through new funding to raise awareness of the disease and research to improve the treatment and understanding of this often misunderstood and crippling condition.

Endometriosis is a chronic menstrual health disorder that affects around 700,000 Australian women and girls nationally.

$9 million in Government funding will be allocated for a contestable targeted call for research that leads to non-invasive diagnostic testing, and a better understanding of the causes and underlying factors that lead to the development and progression of the disease.

Federal Member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson welcomed the announcement and said the research will pave the way for prevention and the development of a possible cure.

“This approach aims to improve health outcomes for all women and girls in Australia,”

In addition, the Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide, will receive $1.06 million to develop a digital health platform for endometriosis research and support.

EndoActive will also receive $160,000 to disseminate its award winning Shared Perspectives endometriosis videos, free of charge, to medical professionals and women affected by endometriosis.

Minister for Health, Greg Hunt said the Government is committed to improving Australian health services and building a world class health system.

“Through our responsible management of the economy we can afford to provide better health services that Australians need and want,” Minister Hunt said.

“This announcement is supported by the priority action areas recommended in Australia’s first National Action Plan for Endometriosis, which was launched in July 2018.”

“This action plan is a blueprint to increase research and improve the understanding and awareness of endometriosis as well as diagnosis and treatment for women experiencing this debilitating disorder,” Minister Hunt said.

The Morrison Government is committed to supporting women living with endometriosis.

This funding is in addition to the recent support of $4.7 million the Government has provided for action plan activities, including:

  • $2.5 million in research funding provided to Jean Hailes for the establishment of a Clinical Research Network for endometriosis.
  • $416,000 to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) for the development of clinical guidelines for endometriosis.
  • $200,000 to Jean Hailes for Women’s Health for a social media awareness campaign.
  • $140,000 to the Pelvic Pain Foundation Australia for the delivery of endometriosis, period, and pelvic pain education in secondary schools, in partnership with the South Australian Government.
  • $123,586 to the RANZCOG for the development of online learning resources for medical practitioners.
  • $39,360 to the Australian College of Nursing for the development of an online training module for nurses.

This additional investment brings the total funding close to $15 million.

The Liberal National Government launched Australia’s first National Action Plan for Endometriosis in July last year to ensure we are supporting every woman and girl living with endometriosis.

The Government will continue to partner with peak endometriosis organisations to seek better health outcomes for Australian women impacted by this insidious condition.

10 April 2019