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'The best presentation we have had in our health education programme'

ME Text stands for Menstrual Health and Endometriosis. ME Text is a well-health secondary school education program. It’s unique, interactive, fun, informative and designed to fit with school curriculum. ME Text is age appropriate and uses a variety of teaching strategies, presenting techniques and educational tools to evoke thinking and action. 

Endometriosis New Zealand has built strong relationships with secondary schools through delivering ME Text since 1995. The program is highly acclaimed, well audited and evaluated and recognised internationally. In 2007, ME Text was a finalist in the NZ Health Innovation Awards and received the Paul Newman Foundation Award. 

Information for schools.

Did you know?

  • Endometriosis is known to affect 1 in 10 girls and women
  • 26% of girls aged 16-18 years are absent from school because of distressing symptoms relating to their period
  • It still takes 8+ years to get a diagnosis from first presenting with symptoms.
  • Early intervention and treatment is essential
  • Menstrual disorders in teenagers can have a significant physical, emotional and psychological impact on their health and seriously compromise schooling, quality of life and future fertility.

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Questions school teachers usually want to know:

  • How long does the me presentation take? 
    Approximately one 45 – 60 minute session to fit with your school timetable. ME Text can be adapted to suit other situations such as health days or assemblies. 
  • What do schools need to provide?
    A projector for the powerpoint presentation. Speakers that connect to a laptop if available.
  • What size audience is best? 
    ME Text presenters are professionally trained and can adapt to any size group from small class to a full assembly of the whole school
  • Who is the me programme for?
     ME Text is suitable for students in years 10 – 13 (14 – 18 year olds). ENZ caters for everyone, and some co-ed schools opt to include male students. 
  • What about the school health curriculum? 
    ME Text integrates into the following strands specifically targeting achievement objectives across a variety of levels.
    • Personal Health and Physical Development
    • Healthy Communities and Environment. 
  • What is the cost?
    Endometriosis NZ actively seeks funding to deliver the programme, however ENZ is a charity and a koha (donation) to our organisation is appreciated.
  • Where is me available? 
    ME Text
     can be made available in any school throughout New Zealand. To organise ME Text in your school and find out about costs, contact the ENZ office. ME Text can be transported worldwide with resources and training made available. Take action for your school now.

 

What students said (examples of feedback from 2013)

  • "ME Text was cool because I didn’t know the difference between normal and not normal periods."
  • "I am glad that I have heard this message, and it’s a big deal, thank you."
  • "Thank you, I thought I was dying or something."
  • “A+, fabulous and funny and I learned a lot.”
  • “My sister found out she had endometriosis from looking at the pamphlet that was given out.”

 

What teachers said (examples of feedback from 2013)

  • "The best presentation we have had in our health / life skills course."
  • "Fantastic resources and powerpoint, relevant and interesting."
  • "Informative, relevant and your educator connected with our girls with her lovely manner and great sense of humour…the messages presented are important to our girls and our school community."

 

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On request, ENZ can provide:

  • Ongoing support in schools if required
  • One on one counselling or advice to girls needing more help
  • Presentations to school staff, school health nurses and parents
  • Age appropriate activities and workshops through its support networks

 

Pre-Booking Information – Please read and accept before continuing:

Endometriosis NZ is fortunate in having educators and advisors who are trained and well informed in the understanding, treatment, management and evidence based self-management of endometriosis and pelvic pain. Your ENZ educator / advisor is happy to listen to you and discuss treatment and management options in the hope that they can help you find the treatment path which best suit you and that matters to you.

We can provide education and well-health coaching to girls and women. ENZ educators and advisors are not doctors or nurses and are not trained counsellors. Please note that the service does not take the place of a consultation with a registered doctor or health professional.