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Pelvic Pain & Endometriosis Clinic

Pelvic Pain & Endometriosis Clinic

Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis Clinic at Kardinia Health in Belmont, Geelong

At Kardinia Health Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis Clinic in Belmont, our core mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals with persistent pelvic pain and endometriosis by providing holistic, personalised care. We are committed to delivering compassionate, evidence-based treatments, and education. We aim to create a supportive community and advocate for increased awareness and understanding of pelvic pain conditions.

Holistic Approach

Persistent (chronic) pelvic pain is common, affecting 15-25% of Australian women, yet it has historically been poorly understood and managed. Persistent pelvic pain is defined as recurrent pain in the pelvis (the area below the belly button and between the hips) for more than six months. Endometriosis is a chronic, inflammatory condition where cells similar to those that line the uterus are found outside the uterus (most commonly in the pelvis). Endometriosis is a widely recognised factor in persistent pelvic pain, but is often just one part of the picture, so a holistic approach to care is required.

We know that persistent pelvic pain often encompasses various types of pain and associated symptoms, including pain originating from pelvic organs (such as painful menstruation, endometriosis, painful bladder, or irritable bowel), musculoskeletal discomfort (including tense pelvic floor muscles and spasms), sensitised nerve pathways (resulting in pain spreading, sleep disturbances, and fatigue), and the effects of chronic inflammation (such as fatigue and bloating). These symptoms can have cascading effects on personal relationships, professional endeavours, academic pursuits, and emotional well-being.

At Kardinia Health Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis Clinic, we emphasise a multidisciplinary, biopsychosocial approach as the most effective way to address an individual’s pain experience. This means using a range of healthcare professionals who not only assess the biological (physical) factors, including conditions like endometriosis, but also consider the psychological and social factors that influence a person’s ability to manage their symptoms.

Our Dedicated Team

Our dedicated team of GP’s, pelvic health physiotherapists, pain educators, nurses, dieticians, and psychologists are committed to improving the quality of care provided to individuals with persistent pelvic pain and/or endometriosis.

Who Can Attend

Our services are available to any girl, female or person assigned female at birth experiencing persistent pelvic pain lasting more than six months. You do not need to have a diagnosis of endometriosis to access the service.

While there are not set age limits, our services are aimed at those who have commenced menstruation (i.e., started having periods).

Our clinic is located in Geelong, however we are able to provide services to anyone living in the Western Victoria region, with capacity for telehealth if required.

Personalised Care Tailored to Your Unique Needs at Kardinia Health

If you experience persistent pelvic pain, our team will develop a personalised support plan for your unique needs by taking the time to hear your story, understand your priorities and offer you the knowledge and tools to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

These customised support plans encompass a range of treatments and services, which can be provided either onsite or at our affiliated allied health partners. Services may include:

  1. Intrauterine device (IUD) insertions (Mirena/Kyleena)
  2. Contraceptive advice and prescribing
  3. Sexual health screening
  4. Medication prescribing (as applicable)*
  5. Pelvic health physiotherapy
  6. Pain education
  7. Dietary advice and modification
  8. Psychology services, such as cognitive behavioural therapy and EMDR
  9. Exercise plans
  10. Lifestyle counselling
  11. Group education sessions
  12. Connection to peer support groups
  13. Hypnotherapy

*Please be advised that our service does not prescribe opioid medications (e.g., Endone) or drugs of dependence.

Our team will also refer and work alongside experienced off-site allied health clinicians and gynaecologists to ensure comprehensive coverage of all aspects of health and well-being.

We also provide regular check-ins with our dedicated pelvic pain nurses, who offer ongoing support and assistance to overcome barriers to care.

Inclusive and Accessible Care

Our pelvic pain and endometriosis clinic, situated in Belmont, Geelong, is dedicated to providing inclusive and accessible care for individuals experiencing pelvic pain. We offer a range of appointment formats, including in-person consultations, telephone appointments, and video calls, to accommodate diverse needs and preferences.

Fees

Out of pocket costs will vary depending on services and treatments recommended.

An initial fee of $125 (or $100 for concession/health care card holders) covers an initial hour-long appointment with a pelvic pain clinician and continuous on-going nurse support.

Subsequent GP appointments will be billed according to the standard Kardinia Health rates, although bulk billing may be applicable under certain circumstances. In instances where Team Care Arrangements or GP Mental Health Care Plans are in effect, there may be subsidies available for allied health sessions.

If you have concerns about costs, our team can also discuss lower cost options with you.

For further information on our clinic approach please read this PDF.

If you would like to access this service please complete this online patient questionnaire.
Once complete our team will be in touch within 1-2 weeks to book your first appointment.

If you have any questions, please call (03) 5202 9333 and ask to speak with one of our pelvic pain nurses, or email pelvicpainnurse@kardiniahealth.com.au