States will be asked to add topics such as menstruation and pelvic pain to school curriculum
Teaching schoolchildren about pelvic pain will form part of a proposed national plan to tackle endometriosis, the debilitating condition that affects hundreds of thousands of women.
The health minister, Greg Hunt, will push the states and territories to commit to the plan, which was discussed at Friday’s Council of Australian Governments [Coag] meeting in Sydney. The draft plan is being developed in collaboration with a coalition of endometriosis advocacy and research organisations.
Guardian Australia understands Hunt will in particular be asking the states to incorporate information about pelvic pain, menstruation and endometriosis into health and sex education in schools, to aid earlier diagnosis.