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22 March 2023

Bendigo has been named as one of the first Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Clinics in Australia.

Bendigo Community Health Services will receive more than $700,000 over four years, towards support for hiring specialised staff, investment in equipment or fit outs, as well as resources, training, and development.

Working in existing general practice, the clinics will strengthen what is often the first point of contact in the health system to reduce diagnostic delays and promote early access to multi-disciplinary intervention, care, and treatment.  

Endometriosis affects at least 1 in 9 Australian women and can have an extensive, devastating impact on the daily lives of sufferers, with those suffering waiting on average of seven years before diagnosis.

Pelvic pain can be similarly complex and debilitating, with the impact being felt beyond individuals as it is estimated to cost the Australian economy $6 billion a year.  

The 20 Clinics will provide expert, multidisciplinary services, and care for women with endometriosis and pelvic pain.

The Clinics are part of the Albanese Government’s $58.3 million package for endometriosis and pelvic pain, announced in the 2022-23 Budget.

Quotes attributable to Lisa Chesters Federal Member for Bendigo

“These Clinics are about providing women with an accessible front door to the care that they need. Gathering expertise under one roof, fostering that knowledge to improve diagnosis and services, having referral pathways in place – these are all crucial elements to getting the support that women need right now.

“The recognition of endometriosis and pelvic pain as serious conditions has been a long and hard-fought battle from fierce advocates in the sector and in our communities. I want to say to those people – thank you and we’re listening.

“Too many women in our region suffer for years with what we know can be debilitating conditions. They deserve to have their concerns be taken seriously with better access to specialised care.


Quotes attributable to Bendigo Community Health Executive Leader of Better Health, Graem Kelly

“When open, this clinic will add to the important work our team is already doing as the region’s sexual and reproductive health hub - and provide a much-needed specialised service for many women.

“The specialised team of dedicated professionals at BCHS are grateful for the trust shown in them in receiving these funds which will allow them to further support women with specific needs.

“As part of this project, we are committed to supporting skills development and shared learnings for GPs and their practice nurses in addressing women’s health issues.”