Tuesday afternoon I put on my yellow flower crown and went to Parliament House for the official launch of the Parliamentary Friends of Endometriosis Awareness, hosted by Gai Brodtmann MP and Nicolle Flint Member for Boothby.
These two amazing women have partnered together with the newly formed ACE Team aka the Australian Committee Of Endometriosis made up of many of the Endometriosis partners in Australia including Endometriosis Australia, Endo Active, QENDO - Endometriosis Association (Qld) Inc, Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia and Canberra Endometriosis Network.
As an Endo warrior I told my story of pain, surgeries and mental health. For over a decade I have battled this illness and for some reason it really got me today. I cried during my speech. I was so proud to be standing in front of an amazing group of women, politicians and my Mum and Dad. 1 in 10 women deal with this debilitating illness that leaves you in chronic pain and can lead to infertility.
The exciting news is the Federal Government announced three policies aimed at ending the silence on endometriosis. The average diagnosis time for a woman is 7 years. Just imagine a world where this is drastically shortened, where this Endo thing is just a thing of the past.
Addressing the crowd was Health Minister Greg Hunt MP saying that this chronic women's health condition should have been given more attention earlier and outlined the Federal Government will now:
- Develop a National Action Plan for Endometriosis. This includes more understanding in workplace scenarios, Medicare rebates and education.
- Fund endometriosis research into diagnosis and treatment at the The University of Queensland - UQ
- Partner with Jean Hailes for Women's Health to make endometriosis the focus of the next Women's Health Week.
Endo Sisters, Mendos (men of endo sisters) mums, dads, everyone. This is huge. A change is coming. Hopefully it’s the start of ending endo.
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