Menopause and perimenopause are not spoken about much publicly, and that needs to change.
Far more work needs to be done to understand its health impacts and its economic impacts on women and people who menstruate, and the impacts on our economy.
That’s why the Greens have established a Senate inquiry into menopause and perimenopause.
Over the next year, we will look at the economic, physical, mental and financial impacts of menopause and perimenopause, as well as cultural perceptions and attitudes about a health issue that affects half our population.
We want to hear from individuals, health professionals, employers and experts about what federal funding and policies need to be developed to support women in this phase of life.
Your submission doesn't need to be long, even a few sentences about your personal experience will have a big impact. We've created this submission guide to help you get started. Submissions close Friday 15 March.
The gendered cost of treatment is yet another financial burden that only women face, on top of the costs of a lifetime of menstruation.
We need evidence-based policies to reduce the impact of menopause and perimenopause on women's participation in the workforce, and the adequacy of existing leave entitlements.