Impacts of WFH for women with endometriosis: seeking participants for online survey

Published 30 October 2020
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How women are managing endometriosis while working from home due to workplace changes during the COVID-19 pandemic is the focus of a new online survey led by the National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine.

Professor Jon Wardle, Foundation Director at the National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine at Southern Cross University, is leading the important study, together with Dr Mike Armour from Western Sydney University and Donna Ciccia from Endometriosis Australia. 

Women aged 18 to 55 years with a diagnosis of endometriosis from a health professional, currently living in Australia and able to speak English and, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, have been working in a workplace setting separate to your home are invited to participate in the survey. 

Professor Wardle said changes in workplace routines and practices – including an increased focus on working from home – have impacted the way in which people are managing health conditions.  

“Many workers have found themselves outside of their normal workplace offices and working from their homes, often managing personal, family and household commitments in addition to their work commitments,” said Professor Wardle. 

But some people have also suggested the changes have brought flexibility that has helped manage these commitments better. 

We want to know how this change in work environment has impacted those with endometriosis, understanding both the benefits and challenges that come with working from home. 

Donna Ciccia, Director and Co-Founder of Endometriosis Australia said that the impacts of this project will provide better understanding of the needs of those with endometriosis in the workforce.  

“The information this survey produces will be immensely important for us to continue advocating for and raising awareness for those with endometriosis.  

“If we can better understand the accommodations required in the workplace, we can better advocate for the level of support those living with endometriosis need to be able to carry out their work,” said Ms Ciccia 

The results will be shared in research publications and presentations and with Endometriosis Australia to assist with their advocacy work for people with endometriosis and to better inform future research, policies and interventions. 

Survey

For more information or to participate, go to the online survey: https://scuau.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eP5hj2GFwr9mlHT  

Closes: Sunday November 8, 2020.

The Human Research Ethics Committee at Southern Cross University approves this research: HREC 2020/131. 

Media contact: Caitlin Zillman, NCNM Marketing and Communications Manager 0424 632 177 or caitlin.zillman@scu.edu.au