Renowned gynaecologist and specialist pain medicine physician Dr Susan Evans is visiting Bundaberg to raise awareness about periods, pelvic pain and endometriosis.
There will be two sessions on Saturday, 2 March at St Luke's Anglican School, the first for health practitioners from 9-10am and one for the general public from 11am to 12 noon.
Dr Evans works in research, studying the causes of severe period pain through the University of Adelaide.
Dr Evans promotes education, research and advocacy for pelvic pain as chair of the Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia through the newly formed Australian Coalition for Endometriosis (ACE).
Her research interests through the University of Adelaide include completing her PhD studies into the causes of severe period pain in young women, medical student teaching and supervision of PhD students.
In Brisbane, she consults part time at Eve Health, offering long consultations for girls and women with complex pelvic pain concerns, who are looking for a comprehensive assessment of all their pain symptoms.
She also offers management plans for teens with period pain, keen to optimise their future quality of life and fertility outcomes most effectively.
Saturday's event is being organised by the Endometriosis Association (Qld).
Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to that which normally lines the uterus grows in other parts of the body.
The association says one in 10 women have endometriosis. Some women can have very severe pain, while others may not experience pain at all! Everyone's endometriosis experience is different.
Endometriosis is not a sexually transmitted disease, it is not life threatening or contagious.
Bookings for the event are free.
Although Dr Evans no longer performs laparoscopic surgery herself, she is happy to discuss whether surgery is the right option.
She can also discuss ways to make the surgical experience as smooth as possible.
If surgery is required, Dr Evans can easily arrange a referral to an experienced endometriosis surgeon.