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Improving Access to Care for Rural and Aboriginal Women with Endometriosis

The Challenge

Endometriosis is a painful, and sometimes debilitating condition,  affecting at least one in 9 women in Australia, and those assigned  female at birth.  Around 35,000 women are hospitalised because of the  condition each year.

Despite the serious nature of this condition,  access to health care for women in rural and remote areas, and Aboriginal women, is significantly below that of women in metropolitan  and regional cities and non-Aboriginal women.  

The key barriers to the effective management of endometriosis in rural communities include:

  • lack of health literacy around mensturation and endometriosis;

  • lack of access to female primary health care practitioners;

  • lack of local hospital services resulting in women living with the pain rather than travelling excessive distances for appropriate care.

Theory of Change

A mobile Endometriosis Clinic staffed by a qualified Nurse Practitioner, supported by a female Aboriginal Health Worker, will increase the confidence of women to seek help for endometriosis and increase the level of appropriate care.

Anticipated Outcomes

Short-Intermediate Term Outcomes

  • an increase in endometriosis health literacy/attendance of women at education workshops

  • satisfaction of users/post-consultation survey

Long-Term Outcomes


Healthy Literacy


Number of rural and Aboriginal Women attending Endometriosis Workshops



Patient Satisfaction with Rural Endometriosis Clinic


8 Dec 2023


Social Impact



Mel Press, Nurse Practitioner Healthy Start ((02) 5809 9505)

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