Your patient tells you that they are experiencing severe pelvic pain. Could the cause of this be due to endometriosis, or is it something else?
This course will discuss the critical factors relating to endometriosis and the substantial burden to the Australian healthcare system this chronic condition proves to be.
- Gynaecological and non-gynaecological causes of pelvic pain;
- Diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis;
- A preventative approach to endometriosis.
Endometriosis is a common, chronic, painful pelvic condition. Historically this chronic condition is under-recognised in both the health sector and the general public, and subsequently can be left undiagnosed. Endometriosis can have a major impact on quality of life for a person and the person does not always receive adequate treatment.
Health professionals need to be able to distinguish endometriosis from other causes of pelvic pain so that they can appropriately advise their patients. There is a growing need recognised by the Australian government to improve awareness, education, diagnosis and treatment of this chronic condition. This would allow for better health outcomes for those experiencing endometriosis.Purpose
The purpose of this Course is to enhance awareness of the signs, symptoms, and treatment options for endometriosis, and how it differs from other causes of pelvic pain and discomfort.
- Explain what endometriosis is and how it is different from other causes of pelvic pain.
- Identify the common signs and symptoms of endometriosis.
- Be able to describe to patients and colleagues how endometriosis may be diagnosed and treated.
This Course is most relevant to registered nurses, midwives and other health professionals caring for women of all ages, and especially those working in women's health, primary practice and adolescent health.Disclosure
No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.
Dr Dennerstein is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with medical expertise in the health of the vulva and vagina. He is the former Head of the Dermo-gynaecology Clinic at The Mercy Hospital for Women and co-author of the book entitled: The Vulva and Vagina Manual. He has lectured extensively on this topic, both internationally and nationally. Graeme has extensive experience in family planning and reproductive health. In 1971 he established the Family Planning and Infertility Clinic at the Western General Hospital in Melbourne, serving as its director until 1986. From 1980 to 1989 he was the Honorary Secretary for the Medical Advisory Committee of the Family Planning Association of Victoria. He is a member of the Sexual Health Society of Victoria Inc. and is widely published. He has, for example, produced several papers on the use of Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (DMPA). Currently the President of the Victorian branch of Sustainable Population Australia. See Educator Profile