Select Committee on Endometriosis

05 Apr 2024

The House of Assembly has established a Select Committee on Endometriosis to investigate the prevalence of this chronic illness, its impact on the lives of sufferers, and the community. 

According to data, about 1 in 7 women suffer from endometriosis. 

It causes chronic pain that dramatically impacts the lives of sufferers, including their work, family and study.

Diagnosis can be difficult and often take years.

There is significant research being undertaken in this area, especially in Adelaide.

Specialist clinics have recently been established in SA to help assist with pain management and endometriosis, funded by the Federal Government.

The Committee is keen to hear about what is occurring and how they can help facilitate better and more effective treatment, as well as other support mechanisms such as social and/or employment support options.

Submissions from interested individuals and organisations are being sought, as well as registration of interest for anyone wanting to present to the Committee.

The terms of reference for the inquiry are as follows: 

That this House establish a Select Committee on Endometriosis to inquire into and report on –
(a) the number of women in South Australia who suffer from Endometriosis;
(b) the barriers to getting a diagnosis, gaining access to treatment including primary care, specialist clinics and ongoing pain management;
(c) the current treatment and supports available, their evidence-based effectiveness and potential side effects and impacts;
(d) the impacts to employment of sufferers and employer best practice in supporting women with the condition;
(e) education available to young women, healthcare professionals and others;
(f) research and trials currently being explored in Australia; and
(g) any other related matters

Generally, all submissions and evidence are made public unless otherwise indicated. If you
wish to make a confidential submission, please contact the Parliamentary Officer (contact details below). Requests will be considered favourably.

Submissions and expressions of interest to present to the Committee are sought by 31 May
2024, to:

Parliamentary officer, Select Committee on Endometriosis
Address: Parliament House, GPO Box 572, Adelaide, 5001
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 08 8237 9384
For more information please contact Alison Meeks, Parliamentary Officer – 08 8237 9384