Endometriosis New Zealand (ENZ) provides specialised programmes and services to help improve health outcomes for over 100,000 girls and women with endometriosis in NZ. These include the ‘me’ educational programme in schools, the Patient Partnering Programme in hospitals, the WISE wellness programme in workplaces and community awareness and educational programmes. Health promotion, information and support services (free phone helpline, online tools nzendo.org.nz) are core to the services ENZ provides today.
Endometriosis New Zealand has been making a real difference to individuals and in communities for over 25 years. It is a highly regarded, credible organisation and respected in the medical arena.
ENZ has been a recipient of the following awards:
• Commonwealth Award for Excellence in Women’s Health
• Paul Newman Own Foundation Award
• NZ Health Innovation Award 2007 for me (Menstrual Health and Endometriosis) secondary school education programme
Beginning in 1985, ENZ became a Registered Charitable Trust in January 1994. It is governed by a voluntary Trust Board including gynaecologists who are Fellows of the RANZCOG, Maori, business women and women with endometriosis. CEO Deborah Bush QSM has received many awards acknowledging her work and was Health and Science Woman of the Year in 2012 and an invited ambassador to the World Endometriosis Society. ENZ is the only Endometriosis Organisation in the world to feature in the World Endometriosis Society journal.
ENZ facilitates the regional and local support networks in NZ, the Endometriosis Special Interest Group (ESIG) comprising gynaecologists and doctors from around NZ with a special interest in endometriosis, and works with its well-known ambassadors such as Sean Fitzpatrick, Jennie Goodwin, Miriama Kamo and Shane and Nerida Cortese.