Thursday, 25 February 2021
Statements by Members
Today the member for Bendigo and I held our first Parliamentary Friends of Endometriosis Awareness event for 2021. We could not be more excited about working with our incredible endo warriors and health professionals to end endo. We heard about the amazing progress our member groups made last year, despite the challenges of COVID, that will see them providing more education, awareness and programs than ever on endo, periods and pain.
I want to thank Leslie Freedman from EndoActive, Donna Ciccia from Endometriosis Australia, Jess Taylor and Melissa Parker from QENDO and Dr Susan Evans and Kirsty Mead from the Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia for the incredible work they're doing to educate women, their families and the medical profession about what endo is, what to do if you have it and, most importantly, where to go for support. I would encourage everyone here or watching out at home to check out their websites for more information on endometriosis. The member for Bendigo and I also met with Dr Karen Price, who is the president of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. We're really looking forward to working with Dr Price and her members this year on endo.
You'll be hearing a lot more from me and the member for Bendigo on endo this year, especially during March, which is Endometriosis Awareness Month. There will be a lot of activities around Australia and the chance to help us spread the word about things like the brand-new RANZCOG RATE—the Raising Awareness Tool for Endometriosis. It helps women and their doctors to identify symptoms which might point to endo.