The number of pelvic pain and endometriosis clinics being delivered under an election commitment from both major parties is being increased.
The 20 Clinics will provide expert, multidisciplinary services and care for women with endometriosis and pelvic pain, instead of 16 under the previous government.
Endometriosis affects at least 1 in 9 Australian women and can have an extensive, devastating impact on the daily lives of sufferers. With those suffering waiting on average of seven years before diagnosis.
Pelvic pain can be similarly complex and debilitating, with the impact being felt beyond individuals as it is estimated to cost the Australian economy $6 billion a year.
The Government has increased the commitment from 16 to 20 clinics, making specialised, multidisciplinary care available to more women across Australia with at least one clinic in every state and territory and a mix of regional and metropolitan locations.
The Clinics will each receive more than $700,000 over four years, to support hiring specialised staff, including nurse practitioners and allied health professionals, investment in equipment or fit-outs such as pelvic physiotherapy areas, as well as resources, training and development.
As well as directly helping patients, the clinics will raise awareness of endometriosis and pelvic pain, build professional knowledge and skills in this area, and improve access to information and care pathways.
Tasmania’s centre will be at Family Planning Tasmania in Glenorchy in the state’s south.