While many areas of reproductive health have been radically transformed by social and medical progress, menopause has remained stubbornly attached to conventional scripts and social norms about gender, sexuality, and the life course.

Project aims are:

  • To build new connections between health sociology, gender and sexuality studies, and creative arts researchers with an interest in critical menopause studies.
  • To develop speculative probes and workshop activities for healthcare providers to understand the dynamic menopause experiences of gender, sexuality, and bodily diverse people.
  • To develop protocols for healthcare providers to provide advice on menopause that is aligned with gender affirmation principles among gender diverse people.
Research Centre

Centre for Social Research in Health

Addressing the gap in knowledge on diverse experiences of menopause requires collaboration between consumer, advocacy and health organisations to ensure responsible and targeted health communication. Understanding the distinctive health and wellbeing needs of all people experiencing menopause is essential to gynaecological research to ensure it accurately reflects their health and wellbeing needs.

Supported by a TASA workshop grant, UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture (Paddington campus) is hosting a series of intersecting workshop dialogues exploring how narratives and responses to menopause, and other acute hormonal fluctuations in later life, can be made more inclusive of those whose bodies, identities or experiences are an uneasy fit with these norms, particularly compulsory heterosexuality, cisgenderism, and parenthood.

Reimagining Menopause: Mobilising radical imaginaries across social, creative and clinical domains

The Australian Sociological Association’s Gary Bouma Memorial Workshop Program
Professor and Associate Dean (Engagement and Impact) Christy Newman
Professor and Associate Dean (Engagement and Impact)