Thursday, 9 May 2013

Vital funds for pioneering health research

A pioneer in the field of women’s health research has been awarded a share in a $2 million grant announced today by the Bupa Health Foundation. Monash University’s Professor Susan Davis was one of eight leading health researchers nationally to receive a share in the $2 million grant designed to boost Australian health research and implementation programs.

Professor Davis, who is Director of the Women's Health Research Program in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, will seek to establish how women cope with the symptoms of menopause, which are often misunderstood.

“This study will, for the first time, document the impact of menopause on women’s wellbeing, and personal and workplace functioning,” Professor Davis said.

Menopause affects over three million Australian women aged 40-65 years who experience a range of psychological, emotional and physical symptoms.

“The greatest value of collating this knowledge will be the long-term impact of improving healthcare outcomes for women at midlife,” Professor Davis said.

“After completion, it will identify gaps in health care for women experiencing menopause and develop best practice guidelines for Australian health practitioners.”

Professor Davis was officially recognised at the Bupa Health Foundation Health Awards ceremony in Sydney overnight.

“Not only is this award a great honour, but it is also recognition that this is an extremely important area of research for Australian people,” Professor Davis said.

The winners will each share the injection of funding benefiting areas of research including cancer, children’s health and access to health services in rural communities. The Foundation’s long-standing commitment to improving the health of the Australian community has seen it contribute over $21 million over eight years to health research and health programs.


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