The Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia is a not-for-profit charity founded in January 2015. Formed to promote education and research in the area of pelvic pain, the Foundation began the process of providing advocacy, information and assistance to those with pelvic pain.

The purpose of the Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia (Foundation) is to build a healthier and more productive community by improving the quality of life of people with pelvic pain and to minimise the suffering and burden of pelvic pain on individuals, their families and the community through awareness, education, funding, support, research and improving access to treatment and services.

Our History

The need for a body representing those with pelvic pain was first recognised at the National Pain Summit held at Parliament House, Canberra in 2010. The Pain Summit considered the needs of a wide range of Australians with pain and developed Australia’s first National Pain Strategy. However, it was recognised in 2010 that the special needs of those with pelvic pain had not been addressed.

In 2011, the Pelvic Pain Steering Committee in collaboration with Pain Australia and the Faculty of Pain Medicine,  looked at ways of remedying this problem. Their report entitled  ‘The $6Billion Woman and the $600 Million Girl: The Pelvic Pain Report’ consulted widely with health professionals and those affected by pelvic pain to outline the problems with current pelvic pain services and policies. It made recommendations on how these problems could be overcome. Since then, the extent of pelvic pain in men has also been recognised.

The Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia has taken up the challenge of implementing these recommendations and representing the interests of those with pelvic pain regardless of age or gender.

In 2018, the PPFA developed the PPEP Talk® Program – explaining pain, periods and endometriosis to Australian teens across high schools in South Australia and Western Australia as a collaboration between the Federal Government and the State Governments. The Federal government has committed to match funding with any state who wishes to Implement the PPEP Talk® Program into their schools.