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Australia Menopause Survey

General Information

The Australian Menopause survey has been created by Dr Linda Dear, a New Zealand based doctor, general practitioner registered with the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners and certified menopause practitioner with the North American Menopause Society

She is also the owner of the private menopause clinic Menodoctor

There are no other parties involved with the design or funding of the survey.
Completing the survey is entirely voluntary and all data will remain anonymous.
There is the option to provide an email address to sign up to the Menodoctor newsletter. This is not a requirement –the survey can be completed without providing any email address. 
Respondents who provide an email address can unsubscribe from the mailing list at any time. 

What is the purpose of the survey?

The survey aims to collect data on the perimenopause and menopause experience for Australians. 
To date, there has been limited insights into this and more information is needed to demonstrate the impact of this life-phase on Kiwi women’s health, mental wellbeing, relationships and careers.The collective data from different people’s experiences will help raise awareness and facilitate improved support here in Aotearoa.

Who can take the survey?

Anyone resident in Australia who has been through or is currently going through perimenopause, menopause or post menopause. This includes premature ovarian insufficiency, surgical menopause and induced menopause. 

What questions does the survey include?

The survey contains 20 questions and takes between 10 to 20 minutes to complete depending on how much information respondents wish to share. Most of the questions are multiple choice, but there are some open-ended questions for free comments/quotes also. 

The survey is divided into the following sections:
  • Basic demographic information including region, age, gender and current stage/type of menopause
  • Symptoms – what type of symptoms have been experienced and their severity.
  • Treatments – what treatments have been tried and their effectiveness/ineffectiveness. This section also asks about people’s experiences with healthcare professionals.
  • Work – have the symptoms impacted their working life and in what ways.
  • Relationships – have the symptoms impacted their family relationships and in what ways.
  • Mental Health – have the symptoms impacted their mental health and in what ways.

There are also specific sections with questions for people who have been through premature ovarian insufficiency, surgical menopause or induced menopause. 

Respondents can choose not to answer any questions they do not feel comfortable with.
There are also links within the survey for people to access further information or support.

How will the data be stored?

All individual answers will remain anonymous and are being collected by an online research platform called ‘Typeform’. 

The security and compliance framework for this platform has been certified by the following international standards which have all been audited by independent companies:

  • ISO 27001
  • ISO 27701
  • System and Organisation Controls 2 (SOC2)
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • NIST Cybersecurity Framework
  • FIPS standards

Please follow the link below for full details about the security of the Typeform platform:


How will the data be used?

The anonymised individual responses will be pooled together and the resulting data will be shared with the following:
  • General public via online
  • Print
  • TV
  • Social media
  • Healthcare sector
  • Employment sector
  • Education sector
Through these channels, the data will help improve support from healthcare providers and employers and also inform the development of school-based education about perimenopause and menopause life-phases. 

How will the data be stored?

The information is stored in encrypted file format and only very limited team members from Menodoctor are able to access it. The information will be stored for two years at which point it will be destroyed by securely erasing all data.All respondents have the right to ask for a copy of their own information being stored, and to ask for it to be corrected if needed. For enquiries about data storage and security or to request a copy, correction or deletion of your information, please contact us at

Ethical standards

The survey upholds the Code of Professional behaviour as provided by The Research Society Australia

Please visit their WEBSITE for more information