Meetings

Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 24th October, 9.30am-10.00am, Westminster Hall

Minutes are available here – APPG Menopause AGM 24th October

2022/23 Meetings

 26th June 2023 

Session on Testosterone 

The members of the APPG on Menopause heard from various experts on the benefits of testosterone as a treatment for menopause. The aim of the session was to gauge what value there is in using testosterone to treat those with menopausal symptoms and understand whether there have been any developments in its use.  

Minutes for this session

 Tuesday 2nd May 2023

 Closed Roundtable on HRT 

The members of the APPG on Menopause brought together representatives from the pharmaceutical industry to understand the issues and the pressures that they face in the HRT market. The aim of the session was to gauge what can be done from a policy perspective to resolve these challenges. 

 Minutes from the session

Monday 20th March 2023 

Closed Roundtable on Improving Medical Pathways 

The roundtable was a closed session for healthcare professionals which explored some of the challenges faced by women with more complex menopause care needs seeking support across different parts of the health system and how these pathways can be improved. 

We invited healthcare professionals as well as patient representatives to discuss the challenges faced by women with health conditions that can lead to early menopause such as ovarian cancer and health conditions such as osteoporosis that can often be linked in menopause.

Minutes from the session

Tuesday 24th January 2023

Closed Roundtable on Menopause and the Criminal Justice System

The session explored the impact of menopause on women within the criminal justice system and to gauge what more needs to be done to ensure that women receive the support and treatment that they need. We hope that the session will be exploratory in nature and will enable the APPG to better understand which specific issues may have previously been overlooked by drawing on the expertise and knowledge of our participants.

Minutes from the session

Tuesday 22nd November 2022 – 16.00-17.00

Joint session of the APPG on Menopause and the APPG on Target Ovarian Cancer

For more details of the Ovarian Cancer APPG, please use this link All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ovarian Cancer | Target Ovarian Cancer

Minutes from the session

Monday 31st October 2022 – 16.00-17.00

Presentation session on menopause and dementia

The session offered an opportunity for MPs to hear from a number of speakers on the possible links between menopause and dementia, a particularly important issue given that 65% of those suffering with dementia are women. 

Speakers: 

  • Kate Muir, Producer of ‘Sex, Mind and the Menopause’ and Author of ‘Everything You Need to Know About The Menopause’
  • Dr Roberta Brinton, Director of UA Center for Innovation in Brain Science, University of Arizona Health Sciences
  • Dr Susan Kohlhaas, Director of Research, Alzheimer’s Research UK
  • Dr Claire Phipps, GP and Menopause Specialist, Newson Health, Menopause and Wellbeing Centre

Minutes from this session

 

Annual General Meeting

Monday 31st October, 15.30-16.00, Portcullis House

Minutes are available here APPG Menopause AGM Minutes – 31st October

Past Inquiry sessions 2021/22

The APPG undertook a number of evidence sessions as part of its inquiry.

It heard from Experts by Experience on the 15th July from 2:30 – 3:30pm. Speakers included:

  • Elizabeth Carr-Ellis – Creator and co-founder of the Pausitivity #KnowYourMenopause campaign
  • Kate Evans – Writer and expert by experience
  • Diane Danzebrink – Founder of menopausesupport.co.uk and #MakeMenopauseMatter campaign
  • Nina Kuypers, Founder of Black Women in Menopause

The second session of the inquiry took place on Wednesday 8th September from 10:00 – 11:00 on the work of menopause charities and support groups. Speakers included:

  • Justine Roberts CBE – Founder and Chief Executive, Mumsnet
  • Katie Taylor – Founder and CEO, The Latte Lounge
  • Gaynor Tucker – Founder, Perimenopause Support
  • Rachel Weiss – Founder and Chairperson, Menopause Café
  • Liz Prinz – Insight Manager, Women in Sport

The third session of the inquiry took place on Wednesday 20th October from 10:00 – 11:30 on changes in the workplace to support Menopause. Speakers included:

  • Emma Taylor, People Director, ROI, Tesco
  • Rachel Suff, Senior Policy Adviser (Employment Relations), CIPD
  • Andrew Bazeley, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Fawcett Society
  • Janet Trowse, Head of HR Systems Operator, Network Rail
  • Sarah Churchman OBE, Chief Inclusion, Community & Wellbeing Officer, PwC
  • Laura Garside, Colleague Support Advisor, Timpson Ltd
  • Dr Angela Rowntree, Occupational Health Practitioner, the John Lewis Partnership
  • Lisa Macis, Menopause Project Manager, Bristol Myers Squibb

The fourth session of the inquiry took place on Tuesday 7th December from 14:00 – 16:00 on HRT and testosterone. Speakers included:

  • Dr Louise Newson, Leading menopause specialist and founder of free Balance app for menopausal women
  • Dr Shirin Lakhani, Aesthetics doctor specialising in “alternative” HRT
  • Jacqui McBurnie, NHS England/Improvement Menopause Group Chair
  • Michael Buckley, CEO/ Medical Director, Lawley Pharmaceuticals, Perth Australia
  • Alastair Darby, CEO, Newson Health
  • Professor Matthew Cripps, Director, Behaviour Change Team, NHS England and NHS Improvement – leads the new National Menopause Improvement Programme in NHSE

The fifth session of the inquiry took place on Wednesday 12th January from 10:00 – 11:30 on medical training and screening for Menopause. Speakers included:

  • Paula Briggs, British Menopause Society
  • Vikram Talaulikar, The Menopause Clinic
  • Laura Flatman and Suzanne Banks CBE, NHS England, and Chris Dzikiti, NHS England Menopause Programme Lead
  • Dr Wendy Molefi, The Mindful GP
  • Dr Shahzadi Harper, The Harper Clinic
  • Eddie Morris MD PRCOG, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

The sixth session of the inquiry took place on Wednesday 9th February from 13:30 – 14:30 on education, awareness and understanding around Menopause. Speakers included:

  • Maria Lyle, Director, RAF Families Federation
  • Lisa Nicholls, Menopause Campaign Lead for Fair Treatment for Women in Wales (FTWW)
  • Lucy Russell, Gender Specialist at National Education Union (NEU)
  • Mary Bailey, Strategic Support Lead at National Police Chief Council (NPCC)
  • Lisa Winward, Chief Constable for North Yorkshire Police

The seventh session of the APPG, on alternative treatments for Menopause, took place in Parliament on Tuesday 24th May from 14:00 – 15:30. Speakers included:

Future Treatment Pathways Speakers

  • Dr Katie Barber BM BCh, MRCGP, DRCOG, DFSRH
  • Dr Sarah Ball, MBChB MRCGP DCH DRCOG DFFP, GP and Menopause Specialist
  • Ludmila Scrine, Medical Lead at Astellas
  • Tina Backhouse, General Manager UK, Theramex

Wider alternative treatment speakers

  • Melinda McDougall, Vice President, National Institute of Medical Herbalists
  • Dr Kaur Birinder, Vice President of the Federation of Holistic Therapists
  • Meera Bhogul, Made from Scratch

Minutes for these seven sessions are available here: Resources – Menopause APPG (menopause-appg.co.uk)

 

 

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