Kardinia Health’s New Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Clinic

Kardinia Health’s new Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Clinic in Belmont is now accepting clients. The clinic has been funded part of the Australian Government’s 2022-23 Federal Budget, with the aim of improving access to education, diagnosis, treatment and referral for persistent pelvic pain.

Dr Caitlyn Pring, GP clinical lead in the Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Clinic, said the service is much needed with more recent statistics suggesting that endometriosis affects one in seven Australian women/people assigned female at birth, with even more being impacted by recurrent or persistent pelvic pain from other causes. This has a huge impact not only on the person affected, but the broader health care system and economy.

‘While people with chronic pelvic pain often have similar symptoms and experiences, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. The philosophy of our clinic at Kardinia Health is to approach pelvic pain with a biopsychosocial focus,‘ said Dr Pring.

‘It is well recognised that people with chronic pelvic pain often experience multiple types of pain, and often have coexisting symptoms such as fatigue, bladder or bowel concerns, or sexual health concerns. This can impact on many facets of life including work, study and relationships. Primary care is well placed to address all these issues, and we are lucky in the Geelong region to have a passionate collection of providers who are experienced in managing persistent pelvic pain, but patients often don’t know how to find these providers. Our core team of GPs, pelvic floor physiotherapists, psychologists, pain educators and dietitians are here to help patients, and also link in with this wider network so patients can get appropriate, individualised support,” said Dr Pring.

The service is available to any female or person assigned female at birth who has started menstruating (i.e have had a period), who has recurrent or persistent pelvic pain lasting longer than 6 months, and is not currently pregnant.

Patients do not need a diagnosis of endometriosis to access the clinic or a referral from their GP. Anyone wishing to self-refer can contact Kardinia Health on (03) 5202 9333 to request a registration pack.

Health professionals can learn more about the service here.

Consumers can learn more about the service here.

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