New Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Medical Clinic
Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network (CESPHN) is pleased to announce that Leichhardt General Practice is one of 20 clinics nationally that has been selected to 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 their daily lives. Women affected by endometriosis wait on average seven years before diagnosis.
Leichhardt General Practice is well-placed to operate this clinic having:
- Expertise in women’s health, including provision of diagnosis, treatment and management of endometriosis and pelvic pain,
- A deep understanding of and links to the local community, and the
- Ability to work closely with other primary and tertiary care services.
Funding of over $700,000 will be provided over 4 years to the Leichhardt General Practice and will support hiring specialised staff, including allied health professionals, investment in equipment or fit-outs such as pelvic physiotherapy areas, as well as resources, training and development. The Leichhardt General Practice will work with other primary care practices to share and enhance knowledge on how best to treat and manage endometriosis and pelvic pain.
This funding will improve access for women to diagnostic, treatment and referral services for endometriosis and pelvic pain, build the primary care workforce to manage this chronic condition and provide improved access to new information and care pathways.
Dr Rebecca South from Leichhardt General Practice said:
“With this funding we have the opportunity to support more women with endometriosis and pelvic pain with early diagnosis and a clear treatment pathway and make a real difference to improving the health and wellbeing of women.”
Central and Eastern Sydney PHN CEO Nathalie Hansen said:
“I’m looking forward to this service making a real difference to the lives of women experiencing endometriosis and pelvic pain and working with the Leichhardt General Practice to grow the knowledge base of primary care professionals working in women’s health.”