The Pioneer Pelvic Pain Clinic | Albany

Pioneer Pelvic Pain | About the program

what we offer

About the Program

The Australian Government is funding endometriosis and pelvic pain clinics in every state and territory in Australia as a pilot program. These clinics aim to:
Endometriosis is a complex and debilitating chronic condition that can be hard to diagnose, with those suffering waiting an average of 7 years before diagnosis. It is a progressive condition that can start at puberty and continue through to old age. In Australia it affects at least one in nine girls, women and those assigned female at birth. 

Symptoms

Some people with endometriosis don’t have any symptoms. For those who do, a common symptom is pain in the lower part of the belly (pelvis). Pain may be most noticeable:
Some people also experience:
Symptoms often improve after menopause, but not always.

Initial Appointment with Patient Support Coordinator

60 minutes - no cost

When you book a Pelvic Pain Clinic appointment, you will be prompted to complete an online questionnaire to be submitted prior to your initial appointment. Rianan Simpson RN, the Patient Support Coordinator, will spend time with you collecting information and arranging for any results or treatment reports to be sent to the Clinic in readiness for your GP appointment. Rianan will also speak with you about what your priorities are in regards to your treatment plan. Rianan will assign you a treatment GP and arrange the booking of your appointments.

First Appointment with GP

45-60 minutes

The GP will have the information collected from your initial appointment with our Patient Support Coordinator. The GP will work with you to develop a management plan and liaise with other health providers that may participate in your care (e.g. Pelvic Health Physiotherapist).

With Medicare Card

Fee Rebate OOP
$206.15-$287.70
$122.15-$197.90
$84-$89
Please note: No out of pocket cost for students and patients with a concession
If no Medicare Card, full fees apply.

Follow up appointment with GP

30 minutes

Follow up with the GP to review any results, discuss the progress of your management plan and review allied health involvement in your care.

With Medicare Card

Fee Rebate OOP
$157.80
$82.90
$74.90
Please note: No out of pocket cost for students and patients with a concession
If no Medicare Card, full fees apply.

Further appointments

Further appointments will be arranged as required

The Program’s Goals

The clinics will provide multi-disciplinary care with a focus on:

improving the timeliness of diagnosis

promoting early access to intervention, care, treatment options, and referral services for endometriosis and pelvic pain.

WHAT WE OFFER

Pioneer Pelvic Pain Clinic aims to provide

Pain management

Pioneer Pelvic Pain Clinic uses effective pain management strategies, dedicated to alleviating the distress associated with pelvic pain. Our approach combines pharmacological,

interventional, and holistic therapies tailored to your specific needs.

Personalised Treatment Plans

At Pioneer Pelvic Pain Clinic, we understand that each individual's experience with pelvic pain is unique, and we are committed to crafting personalised treatment plans that cater to your

specific needs. We consider the distinct factors influencing your condition and offer a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses the expertise of various specialists which aligns with your personal health goals and preferences.

Comprehensive and expert care

Our team includes experienced GPs with extra training in the treatment of Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain, a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist and a Patient Coordinator. The team is committed to

understanding the unique aspects of your pelvic pain experience, tailoring personalised treatment plans to address your specific needs. We ensure that you receive the most effective and compassionate solutions as we recognise the profound impact of pelvic pain on your emotional well-being.

Emotional Support

Our compassionate team understands the emotional toll that pelvic pain can take, and we are committed to creating a supportive environment where you feel heard, understood, and validated.

Beyond medical interventions, we offer support and resources to help you navigate the challenges associated with pelvic pain. Whether you need someone to talk to, guidance on coping strategies, or assistance in finding additional support networks, we are here for you.
By focusing on the specific needs of individuals with endometriosis, we hope to play a pivotal role in improving the quality of life for our patients and ultimately reducing the profound physical and emotional toll this condition can take on those affected.

FAQ

Please contact us below with any queries not answered here.
What is endometriosis, and how does it contribute to pelvic pain?
Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus. This can cause pelvic pain, inflammation, and sometimes fertility issues. The misplaced tissue responds to the menstrual cycle, leading to discomfort and pain.
What are the common symptoms of endometriosis?
Common symptoms of endometriosis include pelvic pain, painful periods, pain during or after intercourse, and fertility issues. Some individuals may also experience fatigue, gastrointestinal issues, or urinary problems. Early diagnosis and treatment can help manage these symptoms effectively.
What treatment options are available for pelvic pain and endometriosis?
Treatment plans vary based on individual needs. They may include pain management, hormonal therapies, or surgical intervention. Our clinic emphasises a multidisciplinary approach, collaborating with physiotherapists, gynecologists, pain specialists, and other healthcare professionals to tailor treatment strategies for optimal outcomes.
What does it cost to visit the Pelvic Pain Clinic?

There is no cost for patients to attend the Pelvic Pain Intake appointment with our Patient Support Coordinator. For students and concession card holders, there is no out-of-pocket cost for appointments with GPs at the Clinic. Please visit our Services page to view costs associated with the Pelvic Pain Clinic.

How can I schedule an appointment at your Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis Clinic?

Scheduling an appointment is easy. You can call our clinic during business hours on 9842 2822 or use our online appointment scheduling system. We are dedicated to providing timely and accessible care.