Federal Government Hopeful New Endometriosis Plan Will Mean Women 'No Longer Have To Suffer In Silence'

Hopeful of a cure or better treatment

Federal Government Hopeful New Endometriosis Plan Will Mean Women 'No Longer Have To Suffer In Silence'

Australia's first action plan for endometriosis will improve awareness, diagnosis and treatment of the chronic menstrual health disorder, and hopefully lead to a cure, the federal government says.

Health Minister Greg Hunt will on Thursday launch the national plan with a further $1 million investment - taking the government's total funding to $4.5 million.

"Endometriosis is a chronic menstrual health disorder that affects roughly 700,000 Australian women and girls," Mr Hunt said in a statement.



"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 twelve years on average."

A National Endometriosis Steering Group of medical experts will oversee the implementation of the plan over the next five years.

The establishment of a national action plan for endometriosis was first mooted in 2017.

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