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March 1-7 is Endometriosis Awareness week – Free Learning Modules available

March 1-7 is Endometriosis Awareness week

March 1-7 is Endometriosis Awareness week and in December 2017, the Minister for health Mr Greg Hunt acknowledged there was a need for improved awareness, education, diagnosis, treatment of, and research into endometriosis and pelvic pain. This National Action Plan for Endometriosis (the Plan) emerged from the combined efforts of patients, advocacy groups, clinicians, researchers and parliamentarians to have endometriosis acknowledged as a substantial health burden in Australia where 1 in 10 women suffer from this disease.

I was privileged to be selected to participate in this National Action Plan and was involved in the Endometriosis Online Learning Resource Steering Committee (EOLRSC).

Our small team comprised of 10 clinicians from Australia and New Zealand and we sought to address the following question by providing an online learning module worth. In 2020 the Raising Awareness for Endometriosis Tool (RATE) and the online learning module were launched. The learning module is worth 40 RACGP/ACCRM/APNA/ RANZCOG CPD points.


I welcome you to download and share the free learning module and RATE tool with your colleagues.

1. CLIMATE: Endometriosis

2. RANZCOG – RATE Raising Awareness Tool for Endometriosis

From Here

We haven’t stopped at that though, even though this part of our project has been completed. Dr Jacquline Frayne ( University of Western Australia) and Professor Alan Lam (University of New South Wales) and myself ( University of Melbourne) are conducting a research project to evaluate the use of RATE and assess how useful it is in helping in diagnosing endometriosis earlier.

Hopefully this research will address a sizeable gap that exists in the literature around endometriosis in primary care. Working on the EOLRSC ( Endometriosis Online Resource Steering Committee) has required me to explore current practice in primary care and there is a paucity of published information other than current NICE guidelines from the UK. As for what the current understanding of attitudes to and management of pelvic pain, dysmenorrhoea, endometriosis – the entire spectrum of this diagnostic conundrum – in primary care is, little is documented. . I will keep you all posted of the developments and findings of our research.

For More Information

Visit RATE Tool.



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