Menopause: Busting the Myths

01 October 2020

Menopause is often referred to as the ‘change of life’ because it marks the end of a woman’s reproductive life. Menopause literally means that a woman has had her last (or final) menstrual period.

Most women become menopausal between the ages of 45 and 60 with the average age for Australian and New Zealand women being 51 years. Each woman will experience her menopause in her own way. Many will have only minor discomfort, but others will experience a range of troubling symptoms. These symptoms are commonly short lived but, for some women, will persist for over a decade.

To celebrate World Menopause Month, RANZCOG Brings together a fantastic panel to discuss the science, first-hand accounts and answer your questions!

Date: Wednesday, October 21.

Time: 6.00pm-7.00pm AEDT

Location: Via Zoom

Register here

Meet the panellists

Jean Kittson

As a performer and scriptwriter for stage, television, radio, magazines and newspapers, Jean Kittson came to national attention on 'The Big Gig', followed by Let the Blood Run Free, Kittson Fahey, Good News Week, the Glasshouse, Flat Chat, The Einstein Factor, Media Dimensions and Strictly Speaking.

She was a founding Director of the National Cord Blood Bank, the inaugural Chair of the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation (AGCF) and a founding Ambassador for Ovarian Cancer Australia. 

Jean Kittson is currently an Ambassador for The Macular Disease Foundation, Northcott Disability Services, The Raise Foundation, Taldumande Youth Services and the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation.

As an advocate for women’s health issues, Jean has spoken about her experiences of menopause at the National Press Club. She has written a book on menopause; ‘You’re Still Hot to Me. The Joys of Menopause’.

Her latest book is ‘We Need to Talk About Mum & Dad'.

Read more about Jean

Professor Susan Davis

Professor Susan Davis, MBBS, FRACP, PhD, FAHMS is an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, Director of Monash University Women’s Health Research Program, A Consultant Endocrinologist and Head of the Specialist Women’s Health Clinic for Women with Complex Disease at the Alfred Hospital Melbourne and a consultant at Cabrini Medical Centre.

Her research has advanced the understanding of estrogen and testosterone action, deficiency, and replacement in women. She is a past president of the Australasian Menopause Society and immediate past President of the International Menopause Society. She has over 420 peer-reviewed publications and in numerous awards.

Her contributions to endocrinology were recognised by the Australian Endocrine Society Senior Plenary Award (2019) and the International Excellence in Endocrinology Laureate Award of the Endocrine Society USA (2015).

Professor Rod Baber AM

Rod Baber is Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at The University of Sydney and is Head of the Menopause and Menstrual Disorders Clinic at Royal North Shore Hospital. 
He is a Past President of The International Menopause Society and The Australasian Menopause Society and currently Editor in Chief of Climacteric, the journal of The International Menopause Society and an associate editor of The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ANZJOG).
His awards include membership of The Order of Australia for services to Obstetrics and Gynaecology in clinical medicine and research and The RANZCOG Distinguished Service medal.

Dr Vijay Roach

President of RANZCOG, Dr Vijay Roach is a Visiting Medical Officer in obstetrics and gynaecology in both public and private practice in Sydney. His first role with the College was as Chair of the NSW Training and Accreditation Committee, a position that he held for nine years.

Committed to medical education, Vijay lectures at the University of Sydney, emphasising the importance of compassion and kindness in medical practice.



Welcome, Dr William (Bill) Warren

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Updated College Statements

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