HCF report reveals many women feel unprepared for menopause

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New data published by HCF has revealed more than 70 per cent of Australian women aged 45 and over do not feel well-informed or prepared for menopause.

The findings are from a survey of more than 1,600 people that sought to understand societal perceptions of perimenopause and menopause.

It found that more than one-third of Australian women aged over 45 are concerned that talking about menopause in the workplace could harm the perception of their productivity. Less than two in five (38 per cent) women feel comfortable speaking to their partner about perimenopause and menopause.

The report, titled Managing Menopause, has been released today to coincide with the launch of HCF’s fifth podcast season, Menopause Matters.

Hosted by former model and author of Queen Menopause, Alison Brahe-Daddo, the podcast features interviews with leading experts, including Dr Fatima Khan, Jean Hailes medical director Dr Elizabeth Farrell, workplace advisor Thea O’Connor and the relatable voices of guests Jean Kittson and Kathy Lette.

The podcast sheds light on issues faced by many women, including some of the best ways to manage symptoms, and how to navigate careers, mental health and relationships.

HCF CEO Sheena Jack said women’s health was a key area of concern for the fund’s almost two million members.

“Providing credible, quality support and advice on issues that really matter to our members is an important part of how we can help them navigate their health, alongside the clinical support they receive from healthcare professionals,” said Ms Jack.

“Our research clearly shows women are still not feeling well informed, educated or prepared for the changes they might experience during perimenopause and menopause. This podcast will help Australians to open up important conversations to reduce the stigma associated with a very normal part of life, to help women feel more supported, informed and to seek the right care to live healthy lives, no matter what stage they’re at.”