Kate, 19, ACT

“I wish the government had more awareness of women’s health issues, and the impact of these issues. Almost one in ten women in Australia live with endometriosis, and yet there is little awareness of what it even is.

For me, it means that I take ridiculously expensive medication imported from Canada so that I can live my life somewhat normally. It means it’ll take an extra year to finish my degree. It means I might not get to have children.

Endometriosis is estimated to cost $7.7 billion dollars annually, so surely there should be more recognition of this disease and more action taken by our government.”