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Balveen Ajimal is passionate about creating access to better quality of life and wellbeing for young people. She works with not-for-profts and businesses at points of significant change, with a focus on strategy, governance and sustainability. Balveen is Chief Operations Officer at Cancer Council Queensland and founder of Community Capital, which builds connections between investors and influencers and community-facing enterprise. She has held a number of board positions in the health sector.
Balveen was first diagnosed with endometriosis at the age of 20 following years of painful menstruation and complications with an inherited rheumatoid condition. Since that time, she has undergone a number of surgeries including a hysterectomy.
“Anyone living with a chronic pain condition will know normal life can be so difficult to manage, let alone enjoy. Ensuring women and girls can benefit from support in the workplace and schools is critical.”
Balveen is committed to raising awareness of endometriosis in communities where it can still be difficult for women to talk frankly about their health and well-being, particularly in relation to sex and women’s health issues. She says that many people simply don’t know how to reach out for help. She hopes that in her role as an Ambassador for Endometriosis Australia she can help to get the message to the thousands of patients who need support in accessing healthcare and advice.