I have been interested in women's health for almost a decade and worked with maternity care colleagues. I had my eyes opened to the way in which women's own health could be sidelined as they take on the role of motherhood.
My own experience and also more recent conversations about pregnancy-induced pelvic girdle pain (PPGP also known as SPD) with women who have experienced it has made me realise that we almost go on a standstill with women's health care developments. For example, for PPGP, we are still using the diagnosis measures from a few decades ago, even though technologies could help in this area. It is still hard for women to show the pain and temporary limitations in movement (sometimes more permanent) that comes with PGP because it is easily dismissed as 'women's pains' or 'pregnancy pains'.
I know this is just the starting point, and there is more to say about women's health and what we can do to focus in. We need more research and development funds and funders acknowledging and working actively to cater for the gender differences.
My idea is to use this money to complete at least two mini projects one of which definitely about PGP and early diagnosis. I would do this with a university as part of a course in health psychology. This way it would get written up properly and be informed by the latest knowledge and people who are in the know.
Some of the money will help me with travel back and forth to the course, but most of it will be to develop and try out new diagnostic kits. I will always do my work focussing in on the women who may benefit from it, so will get together a small group of women and professionals who want to help. Some of the money will go towards their travel too.