Worldwide EndoMarch Canberra 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 Ambassador Ellie Angel. Enjoy a glass of sparkling on arrival, delicious food and help raise awareness and funds for Endometriosis Australia.


With thanks to The Hyatt Canberra for their support.

Mistress of Ceremonies

Keynote Speaker

Amanda Whitley

In 2011, after enjoying a diverse career in public relations and media, Amanda Whitley launched, a website for Canberra women. Today, it has a monthly unique readership of more than 100,000 and a social network exceeding 70,000 followers, providing a resource which tells the city's stories, highlights things to do, facilitates connections, and encourages people to engage with their city as a great place to live. HerCanberra has grown to be one of the city's leading media brands, also boasting a quarterly Magazine, bridal publication and event series. Amanda was ACT Woman of the Year in 2016.

Ambassador Ellie Angel

Ellie is currently the workday music radio host at Sydney's 2Day FM from 9am - 3pm and manages the station's social media.

Ellie is a multiple Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRA) finalist for 'Best Metro Music Personality' and winner of Southern Cross Austereo's 'Next Top Jock Award'.

She studied radio at Melbourne's Swinburne University before doing what any inspiring on-air talent would do - gave away cans of Coke with the Black Thunders for 104.7 FM. 


“There is a strong family history of endometriosis in my family. My mother battled it so she made me aware of the disease when I started puberty. I suffered extreme pain for years to come with days off school and work huddled in up in bed crook as a dog. I was officially diagnosed with Stage 4 Endo in 2012 following a laparoscopy. Unfortunately, because it’s so severe the endo aggressively grew back. I had more surgery in May this year. It’s amazing when I talk to my friends about it, many of them have never heard of it. I want to create more awareness, and find a cure”

Dr Karen Luxford - Endometriosis Australia, Director/ Chair

Dr Karen Luxford is a strategic and outcome-focused executive with 15+ years of innovative leadership in health in Australia and US. Dr Luxford is expert in leading new approaches in health care, engaging collaboratively with a range of stakeholders, communicating achievements and is focused on making a difference. Dr Luxford is a motivational leader known for defining goals, developing strategy, attaining resources and energizing teams to consistently deliver results.    

Dr Luxford is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM), Australian Association for Quality in Health Care (FAAQHC) and the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (FISQua). 

Dr Luxford was a Harkness Fellow in Healthcare Policy & Practice, Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Centre, Harvard Medical School, Boston focussing on high performing, patient-focused organisations in the USA. Dr Luxford was formerly General Manager of the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre.


Special Guest

Professor Steve Robson

Professor Steve Robson is President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

A RANZCOG Fellow since 2000, Steve is a general obstetrician and gynaecologist working in Canberra. In addition to his private practice, he is a VMO to the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children and a clinical academic at the Australian National University. He has a special interest in reproductive medicine and IVF, as well as laparoscopic surgery. Steve has many research publications and book chapters, and is the co-author of a popular textbook for medical students. He has a special interest in advocacy for women at disadvantage, including women in Pacific countries and women from culturally- and linguistically-diverse backgrounds. Steve has served on Council for ten years and has had three terms on the RANZCOG Board. He has been involved in O&G Magazine since 2003, was formerly a coordinator of MRANZCOG oral and written examinations, and has chaired the Women's Health Committee for four years.

Guest Speakers

Gai Brodtmann MP and Endometriosis Australia Ambassador

Gai Brodtmann was elected the Member for Canberra on 21 August 2010 and has extensive experience in the public, private and community sectors.

Gai ran her own small business for ten years and understands the challenges faced by small business owners. Prior to that, she was a federal public servant, primarily with Foreign Affairs and Trade and Attorney-General’s.

Gai has represented Australia in India and worked on a range of international and national issues, from Indigenous youth development and climate change to defence capability, tax and foreign policy.

As a volunteer director on the Gift of Life and Our Wellness boards, Gai helped to lift the profile of organ donation and raised funds for better health services in Canberra. She is a former director and audit committee member of the Cultural Facilities Corporation and ACTTAB and a former director of the National Press Club.

Gai is the founding Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Endometriosis Awareness. Read More >>

Thank you to our Supporters


Endometriosis Australia

C/O Weston Woodley & Robertson 

PO Box 1070 North  Sydney NSW 2059


*Endometriosis Australia acknowledges individuals in the transgender community and people who are non-binary and living with endometriosis who may not identify as women



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