We are now able to share that Manatū Hauora Ministry of Health have released Aotearoa New Zealand’s first Women’s Health Strategy.
Endometriosis New Zealand is pleased that the Strategy specifically recognises the significant health and wellbeing burden faced by an estimated 120,000 New Zealanders living with endometriosis. This acknowledgement signifies a hopeful start in addressing the challenges faced by our community. We strongly believe that words alone are not enough. As we have learned from previous experiences, tangible action is required to improve the lives of individuals with endometriosis. The Women’s Health Strategy must be supported by a specific action plan, accompanied by adequate funding and resources. You can read our full press release in response to this strategy below.
Endometriosis New Zealand submitted on this strategy prior to its release to advocate for Manatū Hauora to include endometriosis in the release.
Our submission specifically called for for the development of a national endometriosis action plan, similar to that which was successfully implemented in Australia. Such a plan will provide a clear pathway to address endometriosis, through enhanced education, increased awareness, improved clinical management and care, and focused research initiatives.
Endometriosis New Zealand would like to sincerely thank everyone in our community who sent in a personal submission, as well as New Zealand’s two other endometriosis charities, Insight Endometriosis and Endo Warriors Aotearoa, who also supported our submission.