DRIVING POLICY CHANGE FOR ENDOMETRIOSIS IN NEW ZEALAND

In 2015 Endometriosis New Zealand drove an initiative to bring together the Ministry of Health and representatives from RANZCOG; RNZCGP; Faculty of Pain Medicine and patient advocates to address

  • the high incidence of endometriosis and pelvic pain and the impact on quality of life, productivity and fertility
  • the impact endometriosis places on individuals physically, socially, psychologically and economically
  • what we needed to do to change the situation – the way forward

A group was formed and is called the Task Force to improve the quality of diagnosis and management of endometriosis. It has been led by the Ministry of Health.

Aims:

  • reduce the burden of disease
  • improve quality of life
  • early recognition of disease
  • reduce unnecessary surgical intervention
  • improve equity of access and reduce variability ® major system improvement

To achieve its goals and improve health outcomes for those with endometriosis and those with symptoms but not yet diagnosed, the Task Force decided it was imperative to establish new Clinical Pathways for the Treatment of Endometriosis in New Zealand.  

The New Clinical Pathway was developed and the draft was passed later in 2018. It is now under peer review with the Medical Colleges.   Once approved, it will require implementing but there have been no guarantees of funding for this purpose. As a small Charity, we have no funds to do this.

We will be working hard on your behalf to ensure you can access best practice care following the new Clinical Pathway for the Treatment of Endometriosis in our NZ public health system.

WHAT YOU CAN DO.  Tag in or contact your local MP and ask for their support to help implement the new Clinical Pathway in NZ. Share your endo story with them.

Strength through support - mā te tautoko, ka whai kaha, ka ora

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