Endometriosis: What matters

WEBINAR: Tuesday 24 August 2021, 7.30 - 8.45 pm

This webinar will outline what we need to know to address the disparities in the care of people with endometriosis in NZ. We will talk about the latest evidence and updates in the management of endometriosis and how this impacts general practice.

The equity lens will be brought into this conversation as the voice of Māori and Pacific women suffering from endometriosis is not often acknowledged. It will explore the diagnostic dilemmas the GP faces with undifferentiated pelvic pain and the multi-disciplinary management approach required for many of these women.

This follows on from the Ministry of Health publication of Diagnosis and Management of Endometriosis in New Zealand in March 2020, which provides a consensus view of best-practice principles, which include:

  • early recognition of symptoms suspicious of endometriosis
  • empowering primary health care practitioners to make a suspected diagnosis and commence management
  • an appropriately trained, multidisciplinary workforce in secondary and tertiary care
  • improved equity of access and health outcomes for patients.



Orna McGinn

Orna works in Auckland as a GP with a special interest in women’s health, and since 2019 has been Clinical Director of Primary Care Women’s Health at Auckland DHB. She is an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Auckland, teaching in the Postgraduate Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Teaching at workshops, conferences and via webinars since 2016, Orna is keen to enable primary care colleagues to acquire the knowledge and practical skills necessary to offer a range of procedures essential to providing a women’s health service. In this way, she hopes to help New Zealand move towards more equitable access to women’s health services and contraception in particular.


Hannah Orr

Hannah is an Auckland based pelvic health physiotherapist working in both public and private health care. Hannah graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy and has gone on to complete a postgraduate certificate in pelvic floor physiotherapy at Melbourne University, a professional certificate in pelvic organ prolapse management at the University of South Australia and a master’s degree at the University of Auckland.


Sarah Corbett
Sarah is a gynaecologist who has completed her fellowship in gynaecological laparoscopy and minimal access surgery and was awarded an AGES (Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy & Surgery) qualification in 2016. She specialises in complex laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis, as well as other benign gynaecology. She is a specialist at Middlemore Hospital, and has an interest in equity of access to healthcare, having done research into the barriers to antenatal care for women in South Auckland.


Deborah Bush

MNZM, QSM, Dip Tchg. LSB. Co-founder / Consultant: Endometriosis New Zealand. Director EPP Coaching and Consulting (Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain). Director: World Endometriosis Society Board Trustee. Principal: World Endometriosis Organisations (WEO).

Deborah has developed programmes for schools that have influenced early recognition of symptoms in adolescents and timely intervention. She has developed other innovative programmes for workplaces and hospitals. She was instrumental in developing a Task Force with the NZ Government, Medical Colleges and patients to develop new Clinical Pathways for endometriosis.


Michael East

FRCOG, FRANZCOG, MAOG, MRMed. Director and consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Oxford Women's Health.

Special interest in Advanced Endoscopic Surgery and Endometriosis. Member & former board member of international Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy. New Zealand Health and Disability Commission Clinical Advisor.


This webinar has been coordinated by the Ministry of Health Manatū Hauora

This presentation is intended for qualified health practitioners professional development and should not be relied upon for any other purpose. Any opinions offered are those of the presenter or other speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of Goodfellow Unit.

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