Friday, 29 July 2016

The Grollo-Ruzzene Foundation launches the Younger Women’s Health Study

The Women’s Health Research Program at SPHPM has received a $500,000 grant for the first phase of the Younger Women’s Health Study from the Grollo Ruzzene Foundation.

The innovative Australian study will involve the recruitment of 7000 Australian women aged 18-40 years and document both their physical and psychological health, with a specific focus on reproductive health, including menstrual and sexual health.

“We believe this will be a landmark study, informing us of the issues that most concern women of this age,” said Professor Susan Davis, Director of the Women’s Health Research Program.

Professor Davis is a National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC) Principal Research Fellow, Chair of Women’s Health and recipient of the Laureate Award last year by the Endocrine Society for her exceptional contributions to endocrinology.

“We hope that this study will identify the gender-specific health needs of young Australian women and with the generous help of the Grollo Ruzzene Foundation, lead to better health outcomes and improved clinical care for women in the community,” said Professor Davis.

Her pioneering research has been credited with advancing the understanding of the role of androgens and estrogens in women’s health, as the role of androgens and estrogens encompass numerous aspects of women’s health including breast cancer, cardiovascular function, obesity, cognitive function, mood, sexual function and musculoskeletal health.

The Young Women’s Health Study will focus on the physical and psychological wellbeing of young women with particular attention to the prevalence of sexual health issues, depression and anxiety in the age group.

Partnering with the Grollo Ruzzene Foundation and the Women’s Health Research Program to help conduct the study are Roy Morgan Research, Melbourne Pathology and Sonic Pathology.

Recruitment to the study will commence in the coming months with the first findings expected in 2017.

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