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There needs to be more conversations about menopause to keep women in the workforce

Media releases 5 Oct 2022

Management and treatment options for menopausal symptoms are available but need to be talked about.

According to the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST), menopause costs women more than $17 billion per year in lost earnings and superannuation. AIST, the peak body for the $1.6 trillion profit-to-member super sector, said recent British studies indicated up to a quarter of menopausal women experienced debilitating symptoms leading to long-term absences from work or forcing them into early retirement.

“We know that women have had to resign or reduce their hours because of symptoms.”

Janet Michelmore AO

“The statistics do not surprise me. We know that in Australia 80% of women experience menopausal symptoms that can range from mild to extremely severe. Many women have had to resign, reduce their hours, or go part time because these symptoms can last up to ten years,” says Janet Michelmore AO, CEO of Jean Hailes for Women’s Health. The national not-for-profit organisation has been a leader in the field of menopause and women’s health for 30 years.

“With October being World Menopause Month, it’s time to increase awareness that menopause is a natural part of a woman’s life. Important conversations and increased education for women and their health practitioners around menopause have to become the norm,” says Ms Michelmore.

“We need to break taboos around menopause and find ways to keep women in the workforce.”

Janet Michelmore AO

“Management and treatment options for menopause are available. The Jean Hailes website is a rich source of expert-reviewed and recently updated menopause information, with fact sheets, booklets, podcasts and videos. We need to break taboos around the topic of menopause and encourage women, their partners and families, and workplaces to acknowledge this life stage and talk more openly about it. We need to find options and uncover more ways to keep women in the workplace so they can contribute to society and the economy as they wish to.”

For Media:

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health experts on menopause and perimenopause are available for media interview. Simply get in touch with:

Claudia Loeber-Raab, Publicist and Media Relations, Mob 0425 785 143 | [email protected] and Caroline Cottrill, Partnership and Communications Manager, Mob 0438 257 246, [email protected]

About Jean Hailes

Jean Hailes for Women's Health is national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the health of all women. The organisation was founded 30 years ago in honour of pioneering medical practitioner, Dr Jean Hailes, who established the nation’s first (and only second in the world) women’s health clinic dedicated to menopause. In 2022, Jean Hailes now operates two clinics in Victoria, servicing all women’s health needs.

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health provides free, evidence-based health information for all women, girls and gender-diverse people. Consumers can access fact sheets, booklets, health tips, videos, animations, articles and podcasts. Resources and educational kits are available in easy-to-understand English as well as Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Dari, Farsi and Hindi, amongst others. Jean Hailes also offers accredited e-learning courses, webinars, and plain English and in-language resources for health professionals to support their clinical practice.

All rea­son­able steps have been tak­en to ensure the infor­ma­tion cre­at­ed by Jean Hailes Foun­da­tion, and pub­lished on this web­site is accu­rate as at the time of its creation. 

Last updated: 
17 January 2024
Last reviewed: 
25 May 2024