This report is one of a series from the 2023 National Women’s Health Survey, a representative survey of Australian women aged 18 and over. The Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care has funded Jean Hailes for Women’s Health to conduct the annual National Women’s Health Survey since 2017.
The National Women’s Health Survey found that one-quarter of Australian women in mid-life (45-64) reported that symptoms (experienced in the last five years) that they attributed to menopause made it hard to do daily activities. However, another one-quarter reported these symptoms had no substantial impact on their daily lives.
Jean Hailes CEO Sarah White says, "While we often hear alarming statistics about women quitting jobs due to menopause, our survey reveals that only 7% of mid-life Australian women have missed work due to menopause symptoms, however 17% reported taking an extended break in the last five years."
"We must address workplace flexibility for women with severe symptoms, but we also need to recognise that other health issues like pelvic pain and menstrual problems affect women similarly."
Co-authored by the Australasian Menopause Society, Women’s Health Research Program (Monash University) and Jean Hailes for Women’s Health.