25 Jun 2020


Early this year I was diagnosed with Stage 4 endometriosis.

‘Endo’ might be a little known disease, but it affects one in ten Australian women, causing pain, infertility and other serious complications, and Stage 4 is as bad as it gets.

To say this was a shock is something of an understatement.

During my time in Parliament I have been a fierce advocate for women with endometriosis, and as such I thought I knew more than most about the symptoms of this terrible disease.

Clearly, I was wrong.

I now know that needing more than paracetamol or nurofen for period pain is not normal and may indicate a serious problem. Similarly, obvious bloating and bowel issues that are linked to your menstrual cycle may also indicate an underlying issue.

My experience goes to show how much we still have to learn and communicate about this debilitating condition which causes cells like the lining of the uterus to grow outside the uterus in other parts of the pelvis, causing pain, scarring and a range of serious complications.

I require major surgery in coming days to further diagnose and treat the endometriosis. My recovery will take some time.

During my recovery, my wonderful staff in the Boothby Electorate Office, led by Alexander Hyde, will continue to assist local residents. I am very grateful to Alexander for rejoining our team at the Boothby Electorate Office at short notice to assist the Electorate Office in the lead up to, and during my surgery and recovery, so we can continue to serve our local community in the manner we always do.

Senator for South Australia, Alex Antic, will be overseeing my Electorate Office and assisting where necessary during my absence, and I am also very grateful to him for his support. Senator Antic regularly works with me in Boothby and knows our local community well.

Over recent months my team and I have worked tirelessly to help thousands of residents affected by the coronavirus pandemic. As always, we are here to help our local community with any local, state or federal government matters they may have.

To view The Advertiser article on my story click here.