Dr Mike Armour is a senior research fellow in reproductive health at Western Sydney University. Mike completed undergraduate honours in biomedicine at the University of Auckland, and completed his PhD in primary dysmenorrhea at Western Sydney University in 2016. Mike’s research focuses on menstrual health literacy, dysmenorrhea, pelvic pain and endometriosis. He has a specific interest in non-pharmaceutical management of endometriosis symptoms, including the use of medicinal cannabis, herbal medicine and acupuncture. Mike has published over 60 peer reviewed journal articles and textbook chapters covering a wide range of methods from surveys, to qualitative and mixed methods research, to randomised controlled trials. Mike is active in supervision of higher degree research students across a range of reproductive health topics.
He is chair of the Australasian Interdisciplinary Researchers in Endometriosis (AIRE), the academic lead of the Menstrual Cycle Research Network (MCRN) at Western Sydney University, member of the Endometriosis NZ special interest group, incoming chair of the Endometriosis Australia clinical advisory board and chair of the Endometriosis Australia research committee. Mike is also involved in leading the patient reported outlines section the National Endometriosis and Clinical Trials (NECST) network in Australia, and was part of the expert working group providing expertise in complementary medicines for the recently released RANZCOG guidelines on the treatment of endometriosis.
Mike’s passion for improving menstrual health literacy to reduce delay in diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis and other forms of pelvic pain has lead to several partnership grants resulting in the development of the Menstruation Matters project, supported by Western Sydney University (https://menstruationmatters.com.au) an evidence based resource to help improve health literacy, screen for potentially problematic symptoms, and provide evidence based self-care for dysmenorrhea and other menstrual symptoms. Mike is currently the lead investigator on two national, and one international clinical trial.
Dr. Mike Armour was appointed a WES Ambassador in January 2022.