Worldwide EndoMarch Brisbane 2018
End The Silence On Endo ...
Join us on Saturday March 24th, 2018 for an extraordinary High Tea with a glass of sparkling on arrival and take part in a world wide event to raise funds, education and awareness for Endometriosis.
Enjoy an afternoon with our Key Note Speaker & Special Guest Speakers and MC'd by our fabulous EndoChampion and Channel 7 Reporter Mackenzie Ravn. Enjoy a glass of sparkling on arrival, delicious food and help raise awareness and funds for Endometriosis Australia.
With thanks to Darling & Co for their support.
Mistress of Ceremonies
Endo Champion Laura Furiosi
Laura Furiosi is from Brisbane, Queensland. Laura is the founder and CEO of an award winning international brand Rashoodz Swimwear and mother of three. Laura has been battling endometriosis for the past 15 years, but has not let it hold her back for accomplishing her goals in the business world. Creating her brand from scratch, she has grown it to be sold internationally and Australia wide. Going on 15 surgeries now, she hopes that she can inspire others to learn ways to achieve despite the disease. Even if it meant working from the hospital bed, she has never given up. Laura hopes to help raise awareness and funds for research so that her own daughters don’t have to struggle as she has.
Dr Ken Law
Dr Ken Law is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist based at Greenslopes Private Hospital in Brisbane. He has a special interest in helping women with pelvic pain and infertility, utilising the latest minimally invasive techniques for treatment, including laparoscopy and robotically assisted surgery. As an endometriosis specialist, he leads a multi-disciplinary team at his clinic, which provides women with individualised treatment from medical specialists, physiotherapists, psychologists, and other allied health professionals.
Dr Ken Law grew up in Brisbane, and studied Medicine & Surgery at the University of Melbourne, graduating with an honours degree before moving back to Brisbane for his post-graduate specialist training. In 2010, Dr Ken Law was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong, working in the gynaecological oncology unit at Queen Mary Hospital, where he gained great experience in open, laparoscopic and robotically-assisted gynaecological surgery. He subsequently further developed his interest in minimally invasive treatment for benign gynaecological conditions by undertaking an Advanced Laparoscopic Fellowship in Sydney. He has delivered numerous presentations on minimally invasive gynaecology at various national and international meetings, and has published extensively in well-respected peer reviewed Medical Journals. Dr Law continues to make significant contributions to the medical scientific community, and he is on the Editorial Board for several peer-reviewed Medical Journals. Dr Ken Law is currently a Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland, teaching medical students in the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and leading research projects in Minimally Invasive Gynaecology.
Endo Champion Mackenzie Ravn
Mackenzie Ravn is a journalist with 7 News on the Gold Coast, in Queensland. Now 24, she’s been battling endometriosis since the age of 15 but only found out what was causing her pain during her first operation in 2012. Mackenzie has since undergone further surgery but now lives with a management plan, involving a restricted diet to keep her flare-ups under control. Broadcast journalism can be a hectic industry and Mackenzie refuses to let her endometriosis get in the way of doing her job. It’s a task made much easier now she has been able to find a pain management plan that works for her. By being an Endo Champion she hopes to help end the silence surrounding endometriosis, by speaking up and sharing her story so others can recognise their symptoms earlier.
Mackenzie hopes sharing her experience will help to increase the conversation around the disease so women know their life doesn’t have to stop when they’re diagnosed with endometriosis. She also wants more women to have access to information on how to manage the disease, so they too can try to stop it from getting in the way of the things they want to achieve in life.
Being diagnosed with endometriosis can be life changing, but it doesn’t have to be life ending. In fact, I strongly believe those of us living with this disease are only made so much stronger by the challenges it throws our way, and that strength can work wonders in all aspects of our lives.
Leonie Kyriacou - Endometriosis Australia, Director
Leonie Kyriacou is a partner at Pigott Stinson Lawyers where she leads both the commercial law and workplace relations practice groups. In her role as a head of the workplace relations group Leonie advises a broad range of clients including various industry bodies. She has represented clients at government and other enquiries dealing with workplace relations, award related matters and discrimination law.
In addition to her workplace relations practice, Leonie also has a substantial commercial law practice where she specialises primarily in competition law, intellectual property matters and the preparation and negotiation of commercial agreements.
Leonie is passionate about improving outcomes for women and girls in Australia. She is proud to be associated with Endometriosis Australia and its work to both end the silence around endo and seek better health outcomes for women suffering from this devastating disease.
Emily Seebohm - Endometriosis Australia, Ambassador
Emily Seebohm is an Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games & World Championship Gold Medalist.
Emily Seebohm is destined to become one of Australia's most successful swimmers of the modern era.
At the age of only 14 years old Emily claimed her first title, winning the 100m backstroke at the Australian Championships. Since her eye- catching debut, 'C-Bomb' has led our female swimmers with passion, capturing two Olympic gold medals, two Olympic silver medals, an Olympic record and a world record.
Sue Croft, B.Phty is a Brisbane Physiotherapist with a special interest in pelvic floor dysfunction including urinary incontinence, prolapse conditions, bowel management and pelvic pain for women, men and children. Sue is a passionate advocate for continence issues and speaks at physiotherapy, nursing and medical conferences and does many lectures to the general public.
Sue has discovered the power of social media such as Twitter and Facebook to both learn and disseminate information and she is determined to educate the public through her blogs promoting the simple strategies that can change the lives of those people with bladder, bowel and pelvic floor dysfunction. Sue has written two patient-directed books: Pelvic Floor Recovery: Physiotherapy for Gynaecological Repair Surgery and Pelvic Floor Essentials. These two books demystify the process and jargon of pelvic floor dysfunction and have been well received by patients, physiotherapists and specialists. Sue currently is a Committee member of the Continence Foundation of Australia’s Queensland Branch and has been involved with the Committee now for 27 years.
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