Funding boost for endometriosis research

It was announced on 28 May 2020 that the Morrison Government is continuing its strong support for women and girls with endometriosis, investing more than $9.5 million in five innovative research projects.

The research projects will contribute to a greater understanding of endometriosis, leading to improved diagnosis and treatment, and a better understanding of its causes.

The projects include:

  • Creating evidence base for clinical care.
  • Comparing treatment options to improve quality of life.
  • Identifying early risk factors for endometriosis.
  • Examining the efficacy of a low FODMAP diet for the relief of gastrointestinal symptoms of endometriosis.
  • Investigating the genetic variants, early life exposures and longitudinal endometriosis symptoms.

This investment comes from the Government’s landmark Medical Research Future Fund’s Emerging Priorities and Consumer Driven Research Initiative, with funding to go to five leading research institutions:

  • Deakin University
  • Monash University
  • Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • The University of Melbourne
  • The University of Queensland.

Affecting 1 in 10 Australian women and girls, endometriosis is a highly individualised disease, with its symptoms ranging significantly.

With average time to diagnosis taking between seven to 10 years, the condition often leads to severe chronic pain and in some cases, compromised fertility and sexual function.

To read more about endometriosis make sure you read the May issue of Retail Pharmacy Assistants magazine: rpassistants.com.au/rpa-may-2020/.

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