Health minister Greg Hunt has announced $9.5 million in funding from the Medical Research Future Fund for five research projects focussed on endometriosis.
Minister Hunt said the projects are designed to lead to improved diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis and a better understanding of its causes. They include creating an evidence base for clinical care, comparing treatment options to improve quality of life, and identifying early risk factors for endometriosis.
Endometriosis is a common but under-recognised chronic disease, said Minister Hunt. It affects one in every ten Australian women and girls, with the average diagnosis taking between seven to ten years.
It is a highly individualised disease, with its symptoms and impact ranging significantly from person to person. It often leads to severe chronic pain and in some cases, compromised fertility and sexual function.
The projects will be funded from the MRFF's Emerging Priorities and Consumer Driven Research Initiative.
Funding will go to five research institutions - Deakin University, Monash University, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, The University of Melbourne and The University of Queensland.
Minister Hunt said, "The Government is profoundly committed to tackling this often misunderstood and crippling condition. Two years ago, we launched the National Action Plan for Endometriosis – Australia’s first ever blueprint seeking to improve the treatment, understanding and awareness of the disease. Our ultimate aim is to find a cure.
"These research projects will contribute to a greater understanding of endometriosis for the benefit of women and their loved ones across Australia and the global community."