Gynaecologist, Laparoscopic Surgeon, Pain Medicine Specialist

Dr Susan Evans

Gynaecologist, Laparoscopic Surgeon, Specialist Pain Medicine Physician and Chair of the Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia


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     Dr Evans is a gynaecologist with special interest in endometriosis, pelvic pain and laparoscopic surgery (keyhole surgery).


Dr Evans’ commitment to Pelvic Pain

After 20 years of experience caring for girls and women with endometriosis and pelvic pain, Dr Evans will move to a role in pelvic pain research through the University of Adelaide, and an increased commitment to the Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia in 2017.

Her active involvement in the education of both health professionals and the general public in effective ways to manage pelvic pain will continue.

Her research interests through the University of Adelaide include completing her PhD studies into the causes of severe period pain in young women,  medical student teaching, Membership of the Advisory Board of the Robinson Research Institute, and supervision of PhD students.

Dr Evans’ training and surgical experience

Dr Evans studied Medicine at the University of Tasmania, and completed her specialist training in Adelaide in 1996.

Dr Evans personally performed over 100 laparoscopies per year during her 20 years in private practice.

Current Positions:

  • Fellow Royal Australia New Zealand College of Obstetricians Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG)
  • Fellow Australia New Zealand Faculty of Pain Medicine (FFPMANZCA)
  • Honorary Clinical Lecturer, University of Adelaide
  • Member of the Robinson Research Institute Advisory Board
  • Director Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia
  • Member of the New Zealand Endometriosis Special Interest Group (ESIG)
  • Graduate of the Australian Institute Company Directors (GAICD)
  • PhD Research Candidate, University of Adelaide


  • Surgery Prize – Final year medicine 1984
  • Schering Registrar Prize for research 1988 and 1992
  • AGES Travelling Fellowship to USA 1995
  • Dr Russell Cole Memorial ANZCA Research Award 2014 – awarded by ANZCA’s Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine Foundation

Published Books:

  • Australian Medicines Handbook – Contributing Author May 1998
  • Endometriosis and Other Pelvic Pain – First Ed ISBN 0 7344 0825 0 2005
  • Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain – Second Ed 2010 Available Here
  • Integrative Medical Textbook, ed Prof Kerryn Phelps. Contributing author 2010
  • Guide to Pain management in the low resource setting. Contributing author. 2009. IASP

Published Papers:

  • The Changing Prevalence of Cervical Human Papilloma Virus Infection. ANZJOG 1990
  • Obstetric Outcome among Female Medical Practitioners ANZJOG 1995
  • Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding Gen Pract 1994
  • Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding Curr Therap 1997
  • Conservation of the Cervix and Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy MJA 1997
  • Microlaparoscopy for Suspected Pelvic Pathology –  S F Evans, O M Petrucco. NZ J Obstet Gynaecol 1998
  • Pain and Endometriosis. Review Evans S, Moalem-Taylor G, Tracey DJ. Pain. 2007
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain in Australia and New Zealand. Evans S 2012 ANZJOG. Editorial
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain in Girls and Women. Evans S 2013 Medicine Today (Read It Here)
  • Medication Management in Chronic Pelvic Pain. Evans. S 2014 OG Magazine, RANZCOG
  • A Possible Link Between Dysmenorrhoea and the Development of Chronic Pelvic Pain. Hard. G, Evans. S & Craigie, M 2014 ANZJOG
  • Plasma miRNAs as non-invasive biomarkers for endometriosis. Nisenblat, V., Robertson, S., Evans, S., &Hull, L. 2012 Fertility and Sterility
  • Simplified Technique for Injection of Botulinum Toxin to Obturator Internus Muscle using Ultrasound Guided Nerve Stimulationfor Persistent Pelvic Pain. Evans, S., & Porter, J. 2015 ANZJOG
  • Management of Persistent Pelvic Pain in Girls and Women, Evans. S 2015 Aus Family Physician. Read it Here

Book Chapters:

  • Evans, S. (2009). IASP. (2009). Ch 23. Dysmenorrhoea, Pelvic Pain and Endoemtriosis. In Guide to pain management in a low resource setting. N.Patel & A.Kopf. (eds) 2009. Sponsored by International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) (pp.180-185).
  • Evans, S. (2011). Ch 52. Gynecology. In General Practice: The Integrative Approach. Phelps, K. & Hassed, C. (eds). Place: Churchill Livingstone. Publisher.


  • Evans, S. (1998). Contributing Author. Australian Medicines Handbook
  • Evans, S. (2005). Endometriosis and other pelvic pain. Lothian. ISBN 0 7344 0825 0.
  • Evans, S. (2009). Endometriosis and pelvic pain. Second edition. Available Here
  • Evans, S. (2011). Pelvic pain (ebooklet). Available Here
  • Bush, D., Evans, S., & Vancaillie, T. (2011). The 6 billion dollar woman and the 600 million dollar girl – The Pelvic Pain Report.
    An Australian initiative to address the human and fiscal burdens  of conditions causing pelvic pain. Published in conjunction with PainAustralia. Read it Here
  • Persistent Pelvic Pain in Women – Education policy document prepared for Faculty of Pain Medicine 2011   (in press)
    Co-authored with Prof Thierry Vancaillie, Prof Wayne Gillett and Dr David Jones

Free or low cost options for girls and women with pelvic pain

Dr recognises the difficulty that girls, women and men have finding effective care for their pain, especially those who live in remote, regional areas. The following resources are recommended for all those with a pelvic pain condition:

– Download the free pelvic pain e-booklet written by Dr Evans from this site. The e-booklet provides a short easy-reading introduction to pelvic pain.

– Watch a video of Dr Evans explaining the causes of pain in women with  endometriosis at the Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia by clicking on the following link:

– Order her full-size, more comprehensive, but easy-to-read, book for girls and women with detailed instructions on how to manage every aspect of pelvic pain. This is a cost-effective way of understanding more about your pain, and what can be done to improve it. You will be better prepared for your appointment with other health practitioners, and understand the questions you should ask before considering surgery. The book includes stories of real women she has cared for, information on fertility and ways to live well despite pain. The $25 full size book is available for order online from this site.

View much more free information at the Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia website Their Facebook is recommended as a source of continuing news items and information.

– You can work through many of your pain concerns with your local doctor using the full size book ‘Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain’ and ‘Resources for health professionals’ available from the pelvic pain foundation site at: