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Illuminating Endometriosis

The Canberra Endometriosis Network is proud to present Illuminating Endometriosis on Saturday 19 March at the National Museum of Australia. This free program of events will be first event of its kind for endometriosis in Canberra.

Aimed at both health professionals and consumers, Illuminating Endometriosis will focus on three key themes: collaboration, empowerment and networking. As well as being held during global Endometriosis Awareness Month, the event coincides with Canberra Sky Fire, and its lakeside location will offer attendees exceptional views of the fireworks.

Keynote speakers will include:

  • Dr Susan Evans, Gynaecologist, Laparoscopic Surgeon and Pain Management Specialist
  • Dr Valeria Lanzarone, Obstetrics and Gynaecological Ultrasound Specialist
  • Dr Uche Menekaya, Gynaecologist, Sonologist and Laparoscopic Surgeon
  • Dr Jenny Leung, General Practitioner
  • Assistant Professor Irmina Nahon, Physiotherapist
  • Melissa Parker, Registered Nurse Coordinator and Researcher
  • Jane Kearney, Sex Therapist

Illuminating Endometriosis is designed to reflect consumers’ emerging role in the management and treatment of their condition. Addressing the critical advancement of pelvic ultrasound in the early diagnosis and appropriate triage of patients with endometriosis, there will even be a live demonstration of this pre-diagnostic tool. Illuminating Endometriosis is coordinated and organised by the Canberra Endometriosis Network with support from the Canberra Endometriosis Centre and JUNIC Specialist Imaging and Women’s Centre.

The events will run from 1pm until 9pm on Saturday 19 March. Registration begins at 2pm.  Tickets are free and available via EventBrite. Attendees are, however, invited to make a donation.

Babies in arms are welcome.

About Endometriosis

1 in 10 Australian women suffer from Endometriosis. Endometriosis is diagnosed when the tissue that is similar to the lining of the uterus (womb) occurs elsewhere in the pelvis or other areas of the body and causes pain and/or infertility.

There is no definitive cause of endometriosis and no connection between the amount of disease and the severity – or even presence – of symptoms.

Traditionally, diagnosis has only been possible via laparoscopy, a surgical procedure, though women can now benefit from an ultrasound-based approach to preoperative diagnosis.

There are three kinds of treatments for endometriosis, including medical treatments (drug therapy), surgical treatments (involving an operation) and allied treatments (physiotherapy, psychology, alternative medicine). Most treatments for endometriosis will not eradicate pain. Neither pregnancy nor Hysterectomy guarantees reduction or eradication of pain.

March is recognised globally as Endometriosis Awareness Month.

About the Canberra Endometriosis Network

The Canberra Endometriosis Network raises awareness of how endometriosis/pelvic pain affects day-to-day living, lifestyle and emotional health. Comprising more than 250 members, it offers support by means of regular community meetings/groups and is open to sufferers of all ages.

The network recognises that there is no single solution or method for coping with endometriosis/pelvic pain. Every woman’s experience is individual and different people deal with emotional issues in different ways.

The network promotes the notion that finding different ways to effectively deal with the stress and strain of living with endometriosis/pelvic pain can have a positive influence on health and wellbeing.