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Menopause is union business: HSU Senate inquiry submission


According to the latest Circlein Survey, 83% of women report that their work was negatively affected by the symptoms of menopause and perimenopause and over half considered retiring or taking a break from work. Extremely concerningly, 60% of respondents ranked their workplace support during menopause as 'poor’ or 'below average'.

At HACSU, we know that menopause is union business. With women making up more than 65% of our membership, we have long campaigned for gender equality in the workplace and have been a driving force behind calls for Reproductive Health and Wellbeing Leave. 

Working alongside HSU National, we have prepared a submission to the Senate Inquiry into Issues Related to Menopause and Perimenopause, outlining five practical recommendations to help achieve workplace equality for women experiencing menopause and perimenopause.

  1. Introduction of Reproductive Health and Wellbeing Leave, which will destigmatise menopause and allow for conversations to take place within the workplace.
  2. New Standards in Workplace Amenities, allowing women to feel comfortable and safe at work, leading to higher productivity rates.
  3. Introduction of Menopause Information Tool for Organisations, leading to more education, training, and hence understanding of the workforce.
  4. Introduction of Gender Equal Compliance Code and Reproductive Health and Wellbeing Champions.
  5. Funding for Reasonable Adjustments in Healthcare Settings.

This is Australia’s chance to stand up and really make a difference in the lives of working women. Click here to read our full submission.

HSU Submission to the Senate on Menopausal and Perimenopausal Issues 2024.pdf