A project exploring the experiences of women with early menopause and the perspectives of health professionals who care for women with this condition.

  • Project dates: 2017
  • Grants and funding: National Health and Medical Research Council Partnership Project

The Early Menopause: Experiences and Perspectives of Women and Health Professionals project explores the experiences of women diagnosed with early (before age 45) or premature (before age 40) menopause, and the perspectives of health professionals who care for women with this condition.

Early menopause can affect women’s physical health and wellbeing, as well as their relationships, emotional wellbeing, and self-identity. However, research has unveiled significant gaps in women’s and health professionals’ understanding of early menopause, leading to poorer health outcomes.

In partnership with key consumer groups, multidisciplinary health professionals, hospitals, professional societies, and government organisations, this project aims to address these knowledge gaps and improve health care for women with early menopause. It responds to women’s and health professionals’ preferences for education, patient empowerment and care integration, including the need for evidence-based early menopause resources available online.

Project objectives

In this project, we seek to provide a better understanding of what it is like to experience early menopause or treat someone with this condition through the use of narrative research methods.

We will develop a Healthtalk Australia online resource drawing on video and audio recorded narrative interviews with women from a diverse range of backgrounds and health professionals from various specialties.

The online resource, due to be launched in early 2019, will target women experiencing early menopause and their families, health professionals, health service providers and policymakers. It will feature women’s stories and health professionals’ perspectives in film and audio, downloadable fact sheets and Question Prompt Lists, links to evidence-based information about early menopause and related issues, and a management algorithm for health professionals.

By facilitating more informed interactions between women with early menopause and their treating health professionals, this interdisciplinary research project will help support and improve the healthcare of women diagnosed with early menopause.

Interested in participating?

We would love to hear from women who:

  • have experienced early or premature menopause (menopause before age 45 or 40 years), or POI (premature / primary ovarian insufficiency), whether spontaneous or following medical treatment (e.g. chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgical removal of the ovaries);
  • are between 20 and 45 years of age, or if over 45, were diagnosed with early menopause within the last 10 years
  • live in Victoria
  • are interested in participating in an interview.

Please also get in touch if you are a GP, psychologist, breast surgeon, gynaecologist, oncologist, breast care nurse, or gynae-oncologist and are interested in being interviewed.

For further information, please contact Jacinthe Flore or Kate Johnston-Ataata on 0438 470 299
or via email at MCHRI-earlymenopausestudy@monash.edu

 

Key People

Lead researcher

Professor Renata Kokanovic

Professor Renata Kokanovic

Professor of Sociology of Health and Illness, Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow

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External Investigators

Research Team

Reference Group

  • Dr Jenny Anderson
  • Ms Rita Butera
  • Ms Andrea Cannon
  • Ms Kirsty Costa
  • Ms Jane Fox
  • Ms Louise Galloway
  • Associate Professor Mia Lindgren
  • Ms Desi Heliotis
  • Dr Samantha Hutchison
  • Dr Joyce Jiang
  • Ms ​Janet Michelmore
  • Dr Galina Schevzov
  • Dr Eva Segelov
  • Dr Mala Thondan
  • Professor Beverley Vollenhoven
  • Ms Kristen Yates
  • Ms Dianne Zalitis  

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