Standing up for Canberra

Endometriosis Motion

Business to be debated in the Federation Chamber, 23 October (from 11am – 1.30pm) 

MS BRODTMANN: To move—that this House:
(1) notes that:
(a) the World Endometriosis Conference is held every three years, with this year’s conference being held in Vancouver, Canada on 17 to 20 May 2017;
(b) at this year’s conference, Australia will nominate to host the 15th World Endometriosis Conference to be held in 2023;
(c) one in ten Australian women have endometriosis, a disease in which the tissue that is similar to the lining of the womb grows outside it in other parts of the body;
(d) there is a lack of understanding in the Australian community about endometriosis and the impact it has on women’s lives;
(e) the disease can lead to extreme pain, infertility and other complications related to the bowel, periods, headaches and a variety of other symptoms around the body;
(f) there is a delay in diagnosing endometriosis of up to seven to ten years because the symptoms are variable; and
(g) University of Sydney research has shown that endometriosis costs Australia $7.7 billion each year—two thirds of this is in lost productivity and the rest is in direct healthcare costs; and
(2) calls on the Australian Government to:
(a) support Australia’s nomination to host the 15th World Endometriosis Conference to be held in 2023; and
(b) end the silence about endometriosis by raising awareness of the disease and its symptoms across Australia and promoting further research.