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AMS Webinar | 24 March 2021

AMS Webinar What's new The use of testosterone in women

AMS is pleased to bring you this webinar on the use of testosterone therapy in women. For GPs, endocrinologists, gynaecologists, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. CPD points apply. Learn more here.

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If your work focuses on menopause and issues related to women's midlife health, become a Member of the AMS. Access information and resources which will inspire and guide improvements for your practice. Members only information.

Menopause Videos

IMS video series

The IMS has produced a seven short, easy-to-understand videos so that women can access reliable information about the menopause.
Go to the Menopause Videos in EnglishCantoneseMandarin or Vietnamese.

Health Professionals

Health professionals

Health Professionals includes AMS Congress updates, information sheets, menopause management resources, news, position statements, a selection of studies published, NAMS videos and more... See Health Professionals.

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AMS Congress Information

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Join us 26-28 November 2021 in Adelaide as we share our experiences and knowledge gained as we have all adapted in our approaches to Midlife and Menopause issues across the pandemic.

This year’s conference offers you a stimulating scientific program designed to inform while encouraging time for reflection and renewal. The conference venue is adjacent to a vibrant market and restaurant precinct, with the coast a brief tram ride away.

Our national and international speakers will explore the latest research across a range of topics including ageing and its resistance and gender differences affecting metabolic, immune and cardiac function. We will look at breast cancer and sleep. Telehealth, conflict resolution and time management are topics relevant for all of us.

Our clinically focused and always popular Pre-Congress Menopause Essentials Update will again cover all aspects of menopause management.

So join us, renew old acquaintances and make new connections in Adelaide in November 2021.

Dr Meredith Frearson

Chair, Local Organising Committee

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Medical and scientific information provided and endorsed by the Australasian Menopause Society on this website might not be relevant to a particular person's circumstances and should always be discussed with that person's own healthcare provider.

Editorial Policy

The medical information provided on this website is developed by the Australasian Menopause Society for use by medical and allied health professionals and the Australian general public. The health information presented such as guidelines and educational materials are based on current medical knowledge and practice as at the date of publication. The date of the health information content reviewed and approved last is displayed at the bottom of the page.

Web Medical Editor:  AMS Web Committee

Medical information on the AMS website is reviewed and approved by the AMS Web Committee:

Dr Amanda Vincent
MBBS: Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
BMED SCI: Bachelor of Medical Science; 
PhD: Doctor of Philosophy; 
FRACP: Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Declarations of Conflict of Interest: Paid employment including consultancy, commissioned fee-paid work, paid speaker, paid expert advisor: Australian Doctor, Novo Nordisk and Amgen. Fellowship, research grants, education grants: Amgen-Osteoporosis Australia-Australia and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society, NHMRC

Dr Georgina Hale 
MBBS: Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
FRACP: Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Physicians
PhD (Doctor of Philosphy)
Declarations of Conflict of Interest: Nil

Dr Jennifer Rogers
MBBS: Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (UWA)
Dip Obs (RANZCOG): Diploma of Obstetrics, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Declarations of Conflict of Interest: Paid speaker – Amgen Attendance at meetings: Amgen Fellowship, research grants, education grants: Novartis 2010-2012 Research grant for BMD screening of patient populations Researcher, investigator, expert advisor to drug companies: Amgen GP Advisory Board


Other Web Information:

Ms Vicki Doherty
Executive Director
Australasian Menopause Society

PO Box 280, Healesville, VIC 3777, AUS

Tel - 61 3 5962 6241
Fax - 61 3 9923 6569
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Executive and Board

AMS Board of Directors

Dr Sonia Davison

President

Dr Sonia Davison MBBS FRACP PhD

Dr Sonia Davison was appointed to the Board in February 2017.

Dr Davison is an Endocrinologist with a special interest in Women's Health. She is a Clinical Fellow at Jean Hailes for Women’s Health and has an adjunct appointment at the Women’s Health Research Program, Monash University.

Sonia is in private practice in Victoria at Cabrini Medical Centre and at Jean Hailes for Women's Health. Her PhD and postdoctoral research examined sex steroid physiology in women, including measurement of androgens and their relationships with age, mood, sexual function and cognition.

Sonia was also editor of AMS’s Changes magazine for nine years. 


Past-President

Amanda Vincent

Clinical Associate Professor Amanda Vincent BMed Sci, MBBS PhD, FRACP

Clinical Associate Professor Amanda Vincent is a Consultant Endocrinologist with the Department of Endocrinology, Monash Health, Clayton, working in the Menopause Clinic and  Osteoporosis clinic.

Clinical Associate Professor Vincent is also a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Monash University's Centre for Health Research and Implementation, School of Public Health Preventive Medicine where she leads the Early Menopause Study group. Her research interests include both clinical research and education projects with a particular interest in early/premature menopause and Turner's syndrome. 

She is a member of the editorial board of Climacteric.     


Dr Karen Magraith

President-Elect

Dr Karen Magraith BMBS FRACGP

Karen Magraith graduated from Flinders University and spent 6 years in Darwin before returning to Adelaide, where she worked until 2007. She currently works in general practice in Hobart, where she is involved in registrar training. She has had a longstanding interest in women's health and has been a member of AMS since 2004.

Karen recognises that most menopause medicine occurs in general practice, where the GP is in a unique position to manage the medical, gynaecological and psychosocial issues in an integrated way.

Karen is keen to promote the role of the AMS in educating and supporting a wide variety of GPs, to enable them to provide high quality health care to women.    


Sylvia Rosevear

Treasurer

Dr Sylvia Rosevear BA MB ChB MD FRCOG FRANZCOG

Dr Sylvia Rosevear is a New Zealand Obstetrician and Gynaecologist.  Graduating in Medicine from the University of Auckland in 1980, her immediate resident years were spent at Auckland as a registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at National Women’s Hospital,  when National Women’s had an international reputation in Obstetrics with in the fields of Intrauterine transfusion for rhesus disease, perinatal mortality publications and the burgeoning field of fertility and endocrinology.    Her ‘OE’ was initially at High Wycombe, obtaining the MRCOG in 1986 and Research at King’s College Hospital London.

Dr Rosevear then went to Oxford and completed an MD on 'The Computerised Analysis of the Fetal Heart Rate in Labour’.   She was a senior Registrar in Bristol and returned to New Zealand in private practice in 1993, practicing both Obstetrics and Gynaecology.  She is interested in the endocrinology of the menopause and the maintenance and optimisation of middle aged health rather than just prevention of pathology.

Dr Rosevear recently completed Diploma in Exercise and Sports Medicine in recognition of the therapeutic efficacy of exercise in health promotion.  She is delighted to be part of the AMS board promoting its vision.   


Regional appointments

Dr Elina Safro

Dr Elina Safro MB BS, BSc(Med)Hon, Grad Cert SA: NSW/ACT Director  

Dr Elina Safro is the Medical Education Coordinator at Family Planning NSW and Visiting Medical Officer at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sexual Assault service.

She works as a clinician and medical educator at Family Planning NSW Ashfield, Penrith and Dubbo clinics, and has also worked as a researcher at the National Centre for HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research (now the Kirby Institute at the University of NSW).

For the last four years, Elina has coordinated the Contraception unit of study at the Postgraduate Program in Sexual and Reproductive Health at the University of Sydney.


Professor Beverley VollenhovenDr Marita Long MBBS FRACGP DCH Cert of Sexual and Reproductive Health: VIC/TAS Director

Dr Marita Long is a Victorian based GP working 4 days a week in clinical practice and 1 day a week in medical education. After completing her Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive health, Marita worked for Family Planning which has positioned her well to work with women across the various ages and stages of their lives.

Marita is a current committee member for the Australian Society of Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynaecology, an active member of the RACGP and has served on the board of The Link - an adolescent health service in Hobart. Marita has developed and delivered many educational, face to face and online workshops and is passionate about upskilling GP’s to deliver the best evidence-based care to patients, especially women, who so often feel their voices aren’t heard.


Dr Meredith FrearsonDr Meredith Frearson BMBS FRACGP DRCOG DFFP, Cert Fam Plan: SA/NT Director

A proud member of the AMS for over 20 years I am very keen to assist the organisation to continue to advance healthcare for Australian women.  A GP, I work in the city centre as well as providing a monthly rural Women’s Health clinic and visit an Aboriginal Health Service. I am passionate about Women’s Health and have provided numerous education sessions for women and health professionals, including topics such as Menopause, Contraception, and PCOS.

I have also been involved in writing education resources for women such as involvement in the early information sheets for AMS as well as SHine SA and I was a member of the NH&MRC PCOS Guidelines group.


Dr Janice BrownDr Janice Brown NZ MBChB FRNZCGP PGDipObstMedGyn NZ CertFP:  NZ Director 

Dr Janice Brown has been a GP for 21 years and is currently Medical Lead at Auckland University. She also attends some sessions at Albany Family Medical Centre.

While Janice is committed to family medicine, her special interests include women's health encompassing family planning, menopause management, menstrual difficulties, polycystic ovarian syndrome; the impact of lifestyle factors such as exercise and nutrition on health and the prevention of disease.  


Dr Aslhey Makepeace

Dr Ashley Makepeace MBBS, FRACP: WA Director

Dr Ashley Makepeace is a clinical Endocrinologist and completed her Endocrinology training in Western Australia and in Oxford, UK.

Her public appointment is at Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hospitals. She consults in private with interests in type 1 diabetes, bone health and women’s health and works as an Endocrinologist within a fertility clinic.

She is s guest lecturer for the medical curriculum at Notre Dame University, Fremantle.

She is the chair of a local interest group of Endocrinologists and Clinical Biochemists with a focus on women’s health. 


Dr Christina JangDr Christina Jang MBBS MD FRACP: QLD Director

Dr Christina Jang graduated MBBS from Monash University in 1994. She undertook advanced training in Endocrinology in Melbourne and received her FRACP in 2004. She received an NHMRC Scholarship to carry out studies towards her Doctor of Medicine which was conferred in 2008.   

She has undertaken research in the area of women’s health and won the Young Investigator Award at the Australasian Menopause Foundation in 2003. 

She is a consultant endocrinologist at The Mater Hospital Brisbane and Greenslopes Private Hospital, and honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland.  She has a clinical interest in female reproductive endocrinology.


AMS Executive Director & Company Secretary

Vicki DohertyVicki Doherty BSc(Hons) PGDipEd(Int Ed) MPH AFACHSM GAICD

Australasian Menopause Society
PO Box 280, Healesville VIC 3777
Tel: +61 3 5962 6241
Fax: +61 3 9923 6569
www.menopause.org.au
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vicki has more than 20 years’ experience in the public, not-for-profit and government sectors. Prior to working at AMS, Vicki led the implementation of the Victorian Government’s Palliative Care Policy in Gippsland across the primary, acute and community health sectors. She spent five years working for the Commonwealth Government’s Department of Health and Ageing leading primary care policy after spending many years working in women’s biomedical research. Vicki is also a Board Director on her local Community Health Service, Inspiro, as well as Yarra Valley’s Voices of Women.

Vicki’s qualifications include a Master of Public Health and she is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Content updated January 2021

World Congress on the Menopause Information

The 17th World Congress on the Menopause, was to have been hosted by the Internationa Menopause Society (IMS) with the support of the Australasian Menopause Society (AMS), in lieu of the Annual AMS Congress. Unfortunately due to the exceptional circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic the congress has been cancelled.

The next World Congress on the Menopause will be in Lisbon on October 26–29, 2022, with Dr Pauline Maki chairing the Scientific Program Committee.

Prof Susan Davis has announced that the 2024 World Congress on the Menopause will now be held in Melbourne on October 18–22.

17th World Congress on the Menopause 

 

Content updated September 2020

Nominees for AMS Board Election

Nominees: Queensland representative AMS Board Member

Dr Christina Jang

Dr Christina Jang graduated MBBS from Monash University in 1994. She undertook advanced training in Endocrinology in Melbourne and received her FRACP in 2004. She received an NHMRC Scholarship to carry out studies towards her Doctor of Medicine which was conferred in 2008.   

She has undertaken research in the area of women’s health and won the Young Investigator Award at the Australasian Menopause Foundation in 2003. 

She is a consultant endocrinologist at The Mater Hospital Brisbane and Greenslopes Private Hospital, and honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland.  She has a clinical interest in female reproductive endocrinology.

Dr Mary-Jane Stanley

Dr Mary-Jane Stanley is the Brisbane Senior Medical Officer at True Relationships and Reproductive Health (formerly Family Planning Queensland) and a general practitioner of 25 years.

Over a number of years, she has developed a keen interest in evidence based menopausal management complemented by her AMS membership. In 2018 she was a member of the organising committee for the AMS Congress.

As GP education is part of her role at True she is aware of the importance of promoting evidence based menopause management.


Nominee: South Australia/Northern Territory representative AMS Board Member

Dr Meredith Frearson

A proud member of the AMS for over 20 years I am very keen to assist the organisation to continue to advance healthcare for Australian women.  A GP, I work in the city centre as well as providing a monthly rural Women’s Health clinic and visit an Aboriginal Health Service. I am passionate about Women’s Health and have provided numerous education sessions for women and health professionals, including topics such as Menopause, Contraception, and PCOS.

I have also been involved in writing education resources for women such as involvement in the early information sheets for AMS as well as SHine SA and I was a member of the NH&MRC PCOS Guidelines group.

Nominees: Western Australia Representative AMS Board Member 

Dr Ashley Makepeace

Dr Ashley Makepeace is a clinical Endocrinologist and completed her Endocrinology training in Western Australia and in Oxford, UK.

Her public appointment is at Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hospitals. She consults in private with interests in type 1 diabetes, bone health and women’s health and works as an Endocrinologist within a fertility clinic.

She is s guest lecturer for the medical curriculum at Notre Dame University, Fremantle.

She is the chair of a local interest group of Endocrinologists and Clinical Biochemists with a focus on women’s health.


Nominee: New Zealand representative AMS Board Member

Dr Janice Brown

Janice graduated MB ChB from Auckland University School of Medicine in 1986.

She is a General Practitioner of more than 20 years’ experience  and her current position is a s Medical Lead University of Auckland.  She undertakes Menopause Teaching to Registrars for the GP College. 

She has a Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and a Family Planning Certification

She has been on the AMS board for six years.

 

Content updated August 2019

 

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Mission and Vision

The aim of the Australasian Menopause Society is advancement of knowledge about the menopause.

The importance of the menopause can best be comprehended when it is realised that there are over 2 million post-menopausal women in Australia, and that every year about 80,000 new women join this group.

These women constitute 40% of all health care visits in Australia.

The need to understand the various problems of the menopause, and their management is  a major issue to doctors, politicians, health care workers, and the community; particularly when it is realised that women are not only living longer, but that their numbers are increasing at a disproportionate rate.

It is hoped the Australasian Menopause Society will help bring together these people, be they doctors, nurses, paramedical or community workers who feel they would like to participate in communication and scientific discussions for the advancement of knowledge about the menopause.

All those with an interest in the menopause are encouraged to join the Society; and to participate and assist in the achievement of its aims.

The Mission of the Australasian Menopause Society

To improve the quality of life of women during and after the menopause.

Objectives of the Australasian Menopause Society

  • To promote discussion, study and understanding of midlife women’s health in our community
  • To encourage and support research into all aspects of midlife women’s health
  • To disseminate quality information to health professionals and the public
  • To encourage the application of that information and knowledge as clinical best practice

Content updated April 2014

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