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March 2018

Employers who understand her endometriosis pain

Endometriosis, which affects one in 10 women, occurs when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus, causing inflammation, pain and in some cases infertility.

Source: The Courier see original article here

Tansyn Dennett estimates that endometriosis has cost her a dozen jobs over the years, not to mention the agony the condition causes her.

Endometriosis, which affects one in 10 women, occurs when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus, causing inflammation, pain and in some cases infertility.

Some days the period pain is so great she cannot get out of bed and her husband must come home from work to carry her to the bathroom. It also affects her immune system. But because endometriosis is an invisible disease, it is often misunderstood.

Ms Dennett began suffering symptoms in high school but was not diagnosed until she was 25, a common story among sufferers with diagnosis taking an average of eight to nine years. “I’ve lost jobs in the past for having too many sick days,” Ms Dennett said.

While she thought female co-workers would support her, often it was not the case. “Women are the worst because if they don’t understand they dismiss it as ‘just a period’, when the reality is far different,” she said. “And you don’t discuss your period with men full stop, which makes endometriosis a hidden disease that few people understand.”

That lack of understanding led to Ms Dennett developing depression and anxiety. But in her current job as project administrator at Nicholson Construction, Ms Dennett has found the support and understanding that has been missing in other workplaces.

She made her managers aware of her condition in her first job interview and they have supported her ever since. “I really struggle to put it in to words because for the first time in my life I have that support. Just to know someone has got my back, someone finally understands it’s not in my head and not made up. If I’m sick, I’m sick … whereas in the past I’ve taken myself to work and been a mess.”

Ms Dennett’s employers and co-workers are hosting an afternoon tea and wearing yellow on Friday as part of Worldwide EndoMarch, a campaign to raise money and awareness of endometriosis around the world.

“There’s no cure, but we can try to cure ignorance – that’s my war cry,” Ms Dennett said. Ms Dennett has also helped establish a local support group Ballarat Endo Sisters on Facebook for local women suffering endometriosis.

Finally, earth moves for stadium after 10+ years

Earthworks are already well underway on the eastern side of Ballarat Sports and Events Centre but an official construction launch on Tuesday morning allowed key parties a chance to celebrate together in what was finally unfolding.

Source: The Courier see original article here

FOUNDATIONS are being laid on a project more than 10 years in the making.

Earthworks are already well underway on the eastern side of Ballarat Sports and Events Centre but an official construction launch on Tuesday morning allowed key parties a chance to celebrate together in what was finally unfolding. Indoor sports groups, led by Basketball Ballarat, first entered talks to address a critical court shortage in 2006.

The final $10 million federal grant to complete the full $24 million vision for the stadium was secured last year after three failed bids under the now-defunct National Stronger Regions Fund. The full stadium will feature six new courts, including a 3000-seat show court, added to the existing Norman Street site with new community multi-purpose class rooms and sports medicine facilities.

Basketball Ballarat chief executive Peter Eddy said it felt a pretty emotional moment to formally get works underway. “This was about belief in the message we had, but also about making sure we took people on a journey with us,” Mr Eddy said. “I’m just so proud really understand the value, not just for the elite athlete but the grassroots participant. It’s the kid who hasn’t started playing yet who will use these facilities.”

Ballarat patron senator Jane Hume, on-site for construction launch, said persistence had paid off. But she said the key that finally got the project over the line was a sustained united passion from a wide cross-section of sporting and communities groups across the city. Nicholson Construction director Richard Nicholson confirmed BSEC was scheduled for completion by June next year. Work on laying the slab on the eastern wing is expected to begin next month.

There will be minimal disruption to basketball and netball matches on existing facilities amid construction. Ballarat mayor Samantha McIntosh said the city already drew a lot of sporting participants from across the city and across western Victoria. This stadium would offer far greater opportunities to promote an active community. “If we’ve got healthy people, fit young people and families, who are active in the community and involved, we know they can make a great contribution to Ballarat in the long term,” Cr McIntosh said.

Major steps on path to upgrade

  • 2004-05: Minerdome upgrades to host basketball for Commonwealth Games in March 2006.
  • 2006-10: Ballarat Basketball investigates options to expand. Other indoor sports groups enter talks in September 2010 to address critical court shortage.
  • 2011: Community groups like University of the Third Age and sporting bodies like Basketball Victoria Country explore chance for shared bases and community use.
  • March 2012: Plans for new six-court facility in Wendouree made public.
  • May 2013: Council commits to deliver major new indoor sports facility in five-year plan. Elite basketball, netball needs training base. Courts overflowing.
  • November 2014: Labor state government delivers $9 million to project with $5 million from council.
  • 2015-October 2016: Project narrowly misses funding three times under National Stronger Regions Fund.
  • July 31, 2017: Federal government announces $10 million for project under new Building Better Regions Fund.