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Release of draft Australian Endometriosis Guideline for consultation

13 November 2020

The peak body for obstetrics and gynaecology and women’s health in Australia and New Zealand has released, for consultation, draft guidelines designed to diagnose and manage endometriosis.

More than 830,000 women and girls are affected by endometriosis in Australia - a chronic, debilitating condition impacting the quality of life of one in every nine Australian women aged 40–44 years.

Unlike countries like New Zealand, the United Kingdom or Canada, currently, there are no national evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of endometriosis for use in Australia.

RANZCOG has developed the draft guidelines through funding from the Australian Government, in line with the National Action Plan for Endometriosis, released in 2018.

The guidelines were developed for health professionals, people with suspected or confirmed endometriosis; policy makers and researchers, using the best available scientific evidence in the detection, diagnosis and management of endometriosis and a related condition- adenomyosis.

Update January 2021
The public consultation of the draft Guideline for the diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis has now closed. Feedback gathered through the 6-week consultation exercise is under review by the guideline developers. The final guideline will be submitted to the Australian Government Department of Health in 2021.

Background
The Federal Government’s Action Plan, launched in July 2018, provides a platform for improving the awareness, understanding, treatment of, and research into, endometriosis and associated chronic pelvic pain in Australia. The Action Plan is a high-level document that contains three priority areas that identify actions that will deliver a multipronged approach to endometriosis in Australia. These three priority areas are awareness and education, clinical management and care, and research.



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