Hot flushes at work. Night sweats at home. Fatigue and anxiety. Menopause symptoms can be a confronting experience for women. While it's a natural process, it remains shrouded in mystery and even shame, leaving women to hide it — particularly at work — for fear of coming across as "being old".
It doesn't have to be this way!
Join a philosopher, a medical doctor, a "midlife midwife" and a Chinese herbalist for a panel discussion on the wild world of menopause. What menopause treatments are out there? How does one handle it mentally? Why is it so taboo? Why is it often seen as a disease? And what does is mean for women spiritually and socially?
This talk is aimed at everybody: women who are keen to have a positive transition into menopause, women experiencing it now, and friends, partners and colleagues wanting to learn more.
It's also being held on the eve of World Menopause Day!
The panel-style discussion at the gorgeous Belvoir rehearsal rooms will be moderated by Clear Spot Club's Jackie Dent and include a Q + A at the end.
Kirsten Black is an Associate Professor and academic gynaecologist at the University of Sydney where she is the Joint Head of the Discipline of Obstetrics, Gynaecology, and Neonatology. A/Prof Black also runs a menopause clinic at Concord Hospital. She has a particular interest in improving women’s reproductive health in low and middle income countries.
Maree Lipschitz is a "midlife midwife", working as a speaker and teacher helping women and girls navigate three major life transitions — puberty, motherhood and menopause. She also advises working mothers on how to successfully blend their home and office life. An Industrial Chemist and Computer Scientist in her early career, Maree spent 10 years in corporate organisations before switching to the "women's mysteries".
Lily Liu is a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor, registered acupuncturist and herbalist. She has been practising in Surry Hills for over 30 years, primarily focusing on women's health, fertility and gynaecological disorders. She also lectures in Chinese medicine.
Wendy Rogers is Professor of Clinical Ethics at Macquarie University, jointly working between the Philosophy Department and the Department of Clinical Medicine. She initially qualified as a general practitioner, before moving into bioethics. She's interested in overdiagnosis, ethical issues with surgery, and feminism.