Deborah Bush

Deborah Bush


MNZM, QSM, Dip Tchg. LSB

Co-founder and Chief Executive Endometriosis New Zealand

Founder and Director EPP Coaching and Consulting (Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain)

World Endometriosis Society Board Trustee

Principal: World Endometriosis Organisations

Deborah has had a global influence on the promotion and prevention of endometriosis worldwide. She developed the world’s first Menstrual Health and Endometriosis me™ programme for schools in 1997 which has significantly influenced early recognition of symptoms and timely intervention in adolescents in New Zealand and has been endorsed by WES as the preferred education programme world-wide.

She has developed Innovative health initiatives and programmes for schools, workplaces, hospitals and CME. She was instrumental in developing a Task Force team with the New Zealand Government and is implementing new Clinical Pathways for endometriosis. Her private practice EPP Coaching and Consulting integrates into four treatment centres offering multi-disciplinary expertise, in New Zealand.

Deborah presents frequently as key note speaker at international academic conferences and as MC at functions. Her many national and international awards reflect her achievements and contribution to the literature. Deborah was described as ‘a pioneer, a visionary, a highly effective lay person in a specialised medical world’ by the New Zealand Woman of the Year judges.

Deborah’s achievements are reflected in the following awards:

  • Queens Service Medal (QSM), Queen Elizabeth II Birthday Honours, 2003.
  • Commonwealth Award for Excellence in Women’s Health (Endometriosis NZ under her leadership).
  • Paul Newman Award, 2007.
  • International Outstanding Service Award, 2011
  • Zonta International Woman of the Biennium Award 2011 – 2013.
  • Woman of the Year – Health and Science, 2012
  • Woman of Influence Finalist 2014
  • New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) Queen Elizabeth Honours 2017

Presentation Topic

Early Intervention for Dysmenorrhoea and Why It Matters

You will all have young patients with dysmenorrhoea. In fact, it’s the most common gynaecological condition affecting up to 95% of women. This informative talk will discuss the impact of dysmenorrhoea on individuals, families, society, fertility and the financial burdens as well as the association with endometriosis.  Deborah will discuss world leading advances in New Zealand as well as the new Clinical Pathway and practical early intervention strategies.  Few women seek help for dysmenorrhoea as they don’t believe it would help them. This is a major public health issue and we have an obligation and duty of care to change that.  The talk is relevant to everyone.  

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