Endometriosis is an inflammatory menstrual health disorder that affects around 700,000 Australian women and girls. It occurs when tissue that normally lines the uterus grows in other parts of the body. It can cause severe abdominal pain and organ damage, and can lead to mental health complications, social and economic stress and infertility.

Ten percent of women have endometriosis. It often occurs when women are establishing careers, further education and family. One of the most difficult things is it can stop women reaching their full potential. 

UNSW is at the forefront of endometriosis research, with Professor Jason Abbott leading the Endosurgery research group, Prof Abbott is the chair of the National Endometriosis Steering Group which will oversee the implementation of the Endometriosis Action Plan in Australia, which includes awareness and education, clinical management and the implementation of personal plans and clinical trial research.

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