Education in Schools – ‘The best presentation we have had in our health education programme’
stands for Menstrual Health and Endometriosis. is a well-health, placed-based secondary school education program. It’s unique, interactive, fun, informative and designed to fit with school curriculum. is age appropriate, embraces cultural and gender diversity to encourage and empower health seeking behaviours utilising various educational tools, teaching strategies and resources.
has gained recognition from the World Endometriosis Society (WES) by being selected as the preferred world educational activity in schools to promote early recognition of endometriosis symptoms and encourage timely intervention. Dr. Catherine Allaire, a trustee of the WES board of directors, said: “the programme has a proven track record of raising awareness and allowing earlier intervention for endometriosis symptoms. Many young women in New Zealand and now in Australia have been helped by this programme, and the World Endometriosis Society is delighted to endorse it”
Endometriosis New Zealand has built strong relationships with secondary schools through delivering since 1995. The program is highly acclaimed, well audited and evaluated and recognised internationally. In 2007, was a finalist in the NZ Health Innovation Awards and received the Paul Newman Foundation Award.
The programme is now published in ANZJOG (Australia New Zealand Journal of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. The study, “Endometriosis education in schools: A New Zealand model examining the impact of an education program in schools on early recognition of symptoms suggesting endometriosis” by Bush. D., Brick. E., East, M C., Johnson N. (2017) is the first piece of literature globally which examines the outcome of a health education programme in schools and assesses whether it makes a difference.