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Make A Submission to the Senate Menopause Inquiry

Here’s your chance to improve policy, awareness and conditions for Peri and Menopausal Australians.

Exciting news! Thanks to the advocacy of many, including contributors to this year’s Parliamentary Round Table,  an Inquiry has been launched by the Australian Senate into the issues related to menopause and perimenopause. The Senate Community Affairs References Committee for Inquiry is to make it’s report by 10 September 2024. Thanks to Senator Larissa Waters (Australian Greens) and Senator Marielle Smith (ALP) for putting this inquiry on Parliament’s agenda.

What does the Senate Inquiry into Menopause and Perimenopause mean?

This is a chance to have your say to help shape the Peri/menopause policy landscape in Australia. Submissions are invited from women, health professionals, employers and experts about what federal funding and policies need to be developed to support women in this phase of life.

The Terms of Reference for the Inquiry can be found here and cover areas such as:

  • the physical health impacts, including menopausal and perimenopausal symptoms, and access to healthcare services;
  • the mental and emotional well-being of individuals experiencing menopause and perimenopause
  • the economic consequences of menopause and perimenopause, including but not limited to, reduced workforce participation, productivity and retirement planning
  • the level of awareness amongst medical professionals and patients of the symptoms of menopause and perimenopause and the treatments, including the affordability and availability of treatments;

How can I improve awareness and support for Perimenopause and Menopause in Australia?

The date for submissions has now been extended to 15th March 2024. Anyone can prepare a submission, either as an individual or as a business, organisation or entity. Parliamentary committees usually ask for people’s views and experiences when they inquire into different issues. If you want to have your say on an issue that a committee is looking into, you can share your experiences and ideas by writing to a committee – this is called making a submission.

Preparing a submission is relatively straightforward, and more details can be found here.

We have prepared a ‘how to guide’ that you can easily fill in and send to make a submission on one, or all, of the areas contained in the Terms of Reference. Click below, and have your say!

Template for Inquiry submission

Notes to support inquiry submission

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