Bardon Gets Dedicated Clinic for Endometriosis, Pelvic Pain

A new multidisciplinary clinic dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, and management of endometriosis and pelvic pain in women has opened in Bardon.

Read: Specialised Care Comes to Bardon: Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Clinics Now Available

The Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain GP Clinic is part of the Australian Government’s $58.3 million package aimed at improving health outcomes for women suffering from these conditions.

The Bardon clinic, which officially opened last February, is the fourth such facility to open in Queensland, joining clinics already operating in Morayfield, Benowa, and Cairns. 

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It will be run by Neighbourhood Medical, which has received $700,000 in federal funding over four years to staff the clinic with specialised nurse practitioners and allied health professionals, enhance facilities, and provide training.

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“Too many women suffer because their pain is not taken seriously,” said Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care Ged Kearney. “The support we are providing for this specialised clinic in Bardon will give women across Brisbane’s northwest access to the care and expertise they need, all under one roof.”

Queensland Health Minister Shannon Fentiman said the one-stop clinic model would be “a game-changer” for women impacted by endometriosis, which affects at least 1 in 9 Australian women and can severely disrupt daily life. 

According to the Department of Health and Aged Care, research shows half of Australian women experience pelvic pain, yet many do not seek treatment despite significant impacts on work and study.

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Women do not require a pre-existing endometriosis diagnosis to attend the clinics but must have symptoms like pelvic pain that could indicate the condition. The clinics aim to reduce diagnostic delays, raise awareness, improve access to information and care pathways, and upskill medical professionals in managing endometriosis.

With 22 such GP-led clinics now operating nationwide, the federal government initiative ensures every state and territory has at least one specialised endometriosis and pelvic pain facility.

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Visit Neighbourhood Medical’s website for more information or to book an appointment with one of their women’s health GPs.

Published 21-March-2024