Australia’s first endometriosis and pelvic pain clinics now available nationally

The Albanese Labor Government is delivering Australia’s first Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Clinics across all states and territories.

The Hon Ged Kearney MP
Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care

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The Albanese Labor Government is delivering Australia’s first Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Clinics across all states and territories.

The 20 Clinics will provide expert, multidisciplinary services and care for women with endometriosis and pelvic pain.

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.

Working in existing general practice, the clinics will strengthen what is often the first point of contact in the health system to reduce diagnostic delays and promote early access to multi-disciplinary intervention, care and treatment.  

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.

Patients will be able to access the clinics by booking an appointment at one of the 20 attached clinics.

The Clinics are part of the Albanese Government’s $58.3 million package for endometriosis and pelvic pain, announced in the 2022-23 Budget.

Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care
Ged Kearney MP

“Too many women suffer for years with what we know can be debilitating conditions. They deserve to have their concerns be taken seriously with better access to specialised care.

“These Clinics are about providing women with an accessible front door to the care that they need. Gathering expertise under one roof, fostering that knowledge to improve diagnosis and services, having referral pathways in place – these are all crucial elements to getting the support that women need right.

“The recognition of endometriosis and pelvic pain as serious conditions has been a long and hard-fought battle from fierce advocates in the sector and in our communities. I want to say to those people – thank you and we’re listening.

“We are a government that is committed to improving women’s health and this is a crucial step forward for part of the population that has too long been dismissed.”

 

Locations of Australian Government-funded Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain GP Clinics 

State / Territory

Successful Clinic

Location

Primary Health Network

NSW

Orange Family Medical Centre

Orange, NSW

Western NSW PHN

Hunters Hill Medical Practice

Hunters Hill, NSW

Northern Sydney PHN

Leichhardt General Practice

Leichardt, NSW

Central and Eastern Sydney PHN

The Women’s Health Centre Southern Highlands

Mittagong, NSW

South Western Sydney PHN

Milton Medical Centre

Milton, NSW

South Eastern NSW PHN

Coffs Harbour Women’s Health Centre

Coffs Harbour, NSW

North Coast PHN

VIC

EACH Practice

Ringwood East, VIC

Eastern Melbourne PHN

Bendigo Community Health Services

Bendigo, VIC

Murray PHN

Kardinia Health

Belmont, VIC

Western Victoria PHN

Lyndoch Medical Hub

Warrnambool, VIC

Western Victoria PHN

QLD

MATSICHS (Institute for Urban Indigenous Health Ltd)

Morayfield, QLD

Brisbane North PHN

Benowa Super Clinic

Benowa, QLD

Gold Coast PHN

True Relationships and Reproductive Health

Cairns, QLD

Northern Queensland PHN

Neighbourhood Medical

Bardon, QLD

Brisbane North PHN

WA

Pioneer Health Albany

Albany, WA

Country WA PHN

The Garden Family Medical Clinic

Murdoch, WA

Perth South PHN

SA

Kadina Medical Associates

Kadina, SA

Country SA PHN

TAS

Family Planning Tasmania

Glenorchy, TAS

Tasmania PHN

ACT

Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT (SHFPACT)

Canberra, ACT

ACT PHN

NT

Northside Health Darwin

Coconut Grove, NT

Northern Territory PHN

 

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