In an Australian government report, endometriosis is reported to cost Australian society $9.7 billion annually with two-thirds of these costs attributed to a loss in productivity with the remainder, approximately $2.5 billion being direct healthcare costs.
Further research is necessary, but it’s our goal to start conversations with employers and employees about endometriosis in the workplace.
Endometriosis Australia’s Workplace Assistance Program enables organisations to sustainably and strategically take meaningful action to support their employees with endometriosis.
About the Endo@Work Research
The purpose: To examine the impact of endometriosis on an individual’s career and how workplace changes may influence management of endometriosis.
What is the Endo@Work project?
Western Sydney University, in partnership with Endometriosis Australia, have established Endo@Work, which aims to develop a set of workplace guidelines for employers to support staff with endometriosis in the workplace.
Recent research from Western Sydney University (WSU), demonstrated that for employees with endo relatively small changes in working environments resulted in both in improved symptom management and significantly increased productivity. These findings resulted in a WSU partnership with Endometriosis Australia, the peak body for endometriosis, to develop a set of workplace guidelines for employers to support those with endo in the workplace.
The Endo@Work project is seeking input from Australian workplaces across all industries. The research team at WSU seeks to identify and prioritise what Australian employers can do to support staff who are managing endometriosis to reduce absenteeism and improve their work productivity.
The project is looking across all industries for:
- Managers and/or supervisors
- Senior leadership roles (e.g. directors, executive roles, etc.)
- Human Resources (HR) staff
- Other roles responsible for the management/supervision of employees/work units.
You can contribute to the impact of Endometriosis Australia taking part in current research opportunities.
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