This March, for Endometriosis Awareness Month, Women’s Health Services across Victoria alongside peak body Gender Equity Victoria, are banding together to shine a much-needed spotlight on endometriosis (endo), a condition that affects one in nine women in Australia.
EndoMarch is a worldwide campaign to raise awareness of endo, a common reproductive health issue that affects at least 200,000 Victorians, or 10% of women and people who menstruate. Endo is a disease in which the tissue that is similar to the lining of the womb grows outside it in other parts of the body. Many people with endo experience severe symptoms, including chronic pain and infertility. Currently treatment is focused on managing symptoms as there is no cure for endo. Typically, there is a 7-10 year delay in diagnosis for people with endometriosis.
WHISE has joined the network of women’s health services in Victoria to produce a social media campaign for EndoMarch. The campaign includes information on how endo affects women’s mental health, employment, education and relationships; suggestions on how to support someone living with endometriosis; current gaps in service provision and referral pathways for endometriosis; and advocacy needed to improve clinical management of endometriosis, education and knowledge.
How can you help?
Raise awareness for endo and the significant impact it has on women’s health and wellbeing, and on the healthcare system by sharing the social media tiles created throughout EndoMarch.
Download Facebook/LinkedIn Tiles
Week one: What not to say to someone with endometriosis
Week two: Endometriosis and its impacts
Week three: We need endometriosis specialists in Australia
Week four: How can we support people living with endometriosis?
Download Twitter tiles
The network of women's health services will host a free webinar on Tuesday 23 March, Management of Endo: Women’s experiences of managing Endometriosis & the role of self-management, with guest speaker Dr Beck O'Hara from the University of Adelaide. Register for the webinar