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Midlife Women and Sleep - Study

University of New EnglandAre you on the brink of menopause, going through menopause, or newly post-menopausal? Are you sick and tired of getting a bad night’s sleep? 

A psychology honours student at the University of New England is investigating different behaviours and their effects on women’s sleep at midlife. Your involvement in this study will further science, might improve your sleep, and could help to improve behavioural treatments for midlife women with sleep problems.

You will be asked to go online and:

  • Answer some questions about yourself, your quality of sleep, quality of life, and mood. This will take about 15 minutes.
  • Spend three minutes a day applying a specific intervention for seven days.
  • Answer the questions about your quality of sleep, quality of life, and mood, again.

You can also go into the draw to win one of two $50 David Jones vouchers!

Please click on the link to learn more and take part: Midlife Women and Sleep

This study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of New England. Ethics approval No HE18-032 valid to April 3, 2019.

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Early Menopause: Using the Experiences and Perspectives of Women and Health Professionals to Translate Evidence into Practice

Description of Study

This research project is being conducted by RMIT University, the Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation (Monash University) and other partners. We are interested in the experiences of women with early or premature menopause, and the perspectives of health professionals who care for women with early menopause.

Women

We would like to interview you to understand what it is like to be diagnosed with early or premature menopause, what the symptoms are like, what your experiences with health professionals have been like, how early or premature menopause has impacted on your health and general wellbeing, your relationships and fertility, and anything else you’d like to share about your experience.

Health professionals

We would like to interview you to understand what it is like caring for women with early menopause, your experience of diagnosing and treating women with this condition, how the care for early menopause has changed over the course of your career, what services or resources you would like to see available for women with early menopause, and any other reflections you may have.

Based on information we gather from interviews with women with early or premature menopause and health professionals working in this area, we will produce a Healthtalk Australia (healthtalkaustralia.org) website detailing women’s experiences and health professionals’ perspectives, and providing downloadable resources to support women with early menopause and assist / inform health professionals, including fact sheets, a Question Prompt List and a management algorithm. 

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A Randomised Trial on MonaLisa Touch for Postmenopausal Vulvovaginal Symptoms

Description of Study

We are inviting eligible patients to be part of our MonaLisa Touch trial at the Royal Hospital for Women. 

MonaLisa TouchTM (MLT) is a new treatment for women with vulvovaginal symptoms that involves treatment of the vaginal lining with tiny pin-point laser applications with the aim of restoring the skin to a state similar to that prior to the menopause.

The aim of this trial is to examine the effectiveness of MLT for the treatment of vulvovaginal symptoms and provide high quality information to guide women with vulvovaginal symptoms as to their best treatment options.

If the study proves that MLT is a safe and effective treatment for vulvovaginal symptoms, all women in the placebo group will be offered MLT after the conclusion of the study. There will be no charge to any study participants for the MLT treatment.

Inclusion Criteria

Do you have post-menopausal patients suffering from:

  • Vaginal Dryness?
  • Vaginal Burning?
  • Vaginal itching?
  • Dyspareunia?
  • Dysuria? 

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