Terms of Reference

Issues related to menopause and perimenopause, with particular reference to:

a. the economic consequences of menopause and perimenopause, including but not limited to, reduced workforce participation, productivity and retirement planning;

b. the physical health impacts, including menopausal and perimenopausal symptoms, associated medical conditions such as menorrhagia, and access to healthcare services;

c. the mental and emotional well-being of individuals experiencing menopause and perimenopause, considering issues like mental health, self-esteem, and social support;

d. the impact of menopause and perimenopause on caregiving responsibilities, family dynamics, and relationships;

e. the cultural and societal factors influencing perceptions and attitudes toward menopause and perimenopause, including specifically considering culturally and linguistically diverse communities and women’s business in First Nations communities;

f. 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;

g. the level of awareness amongst employers and workers of the symptoms of menopause and perimenopause, and the awareness, availability and usage of workplace supports;

h. existing Commonwealth, state and territory government policies, programs, and healthcare initiatives addressing menopause and perimenopause;

i. how other jurisdictions support individuals experiencing menopause and perimenopause from a health and workplace policy perspective; and any other related matter.



Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3515