Senate Inquiry Issues Related to Menopause and Perimenopause

26 June 2024

Tilly Mahoney, WHIN’s Coordinator, Sexual and Reproductive Health, recently spoke alongside colleagues from other women’s health services at the Standing Committee on Community Affairs References Committee’s public hearing for the Inquiry into Issues related to menopause and perimenopause.  
Key messages from the women’s health services included: 

  • Gender-based inequality, discrimination and stereotypes affect both experiences and treatment of menopause and perimenopause, as well as the associated physical and mental health impacts 
  • Knowledge and awareness about menopause and perimenopause is not enough without addressing systemic and structural barriers to healthcare and support, including access to Medicare 
  • To address intersectional barriers to adequate and appropriate healthcare, lived and living experience communities must be involved in policy and service design, including those who are underserved. 

We look forward to seeing the outcomes of this inquiry, and hope that resulting action promotes equitable access to information, healthcare and support. 

WHIN’s submission is available to download on our website [PDF] and the Women’s Health Service Network submission on the Women’s Health Victoria website.

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