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Dr Jane Chalmers (PhD, B.Physio) is a Senior Lecturer in Pain Sciences at the University of South Australia. She is the leader of the pelvic pain theme under the Innovation, Implementation And Clinical Translation in Health (IIMPACT) research concentration at the University of South Australia.

Deanna Flynn Wallis


Deanna is proud to be the fourth generation of the renowned Wallis Cinema Family in South Australia. Growing up in the cinematic legacy of her family, she experienced a unique blend of tradition and innovation in the entertainment industry.

Beyond the silver screen, Deanna’s journey took her into the realm of early childhood education, where she found her passion for shaping young minds. She spent five impactful years at a school, deeply involved in advocating for the needs of children, especially those with additional needs. The handprints of the little ones she cared for have left an indelible mark on her heart.

However, life threw Deanna a curveball in the form of a 16-year battle with endometriosis. Through fourteen procedures and numerous challenges, she emerged stronger, armed with a newfound commitment to raising awareness about this often misunderstood and under-researched disease. She has faced the heartbreaking experience of losing two babies through miscarriage. “To all parents who have experienced this pain, I want you to know that you are not alone. Your strength is remarkable, and your angel babies are with you every day. I am dedicated to increasing dialogue surrounding miscarriages and advocating for psychological support for those facing trauma.”

Deanna’s diverse experiences, from the cinematic world to the classrooms and the personal struggle with endometriosis, have shaped her into an advocate for inclusion, education, and health awareness. She believes in the power of storytelling, whether on the big screen or in sharing personal narratives, to foster understanding and empathy.

In every role and challenge, Deanna’s aim is to make a positive impact and create spaces where everyone feels included. As she continues her journey, she’s not just navigating the family legacy or the education sector; She is weaving a narrative of resilience, advocacy, and a genuine passion for making a difference in the lives of others. Deanna is very much looking forward to the opportunity to work with Endometriosis Australia to advocate for our fellow Endo Warriors, especially in South Australia.