80,000 Australian women will enter menopause this year. Many of these women visit their local Doctor and are disappointed in their lack of options (or lack of concern) for women approaching this time of their lives and treating the life-altering symptoms. That's why finding a knowledgeable and progressive health care practitioner that will help you on your journey - is so very important.
But how do you go about finding a friendly Menopause Doctor? We will show you how!
1. Ask Your Doctor for a Referral to a Menopause Specialist
Your first port of call should be your general practitioner may be able to refer you to a specialist who deals with menopause. They can guide you based on their professional networks and your specific needs. If your Doctor isn't very helpful, ask them for a referral to a gynecologist. Gyno's will almost certainly be trained up and knowledgeable about treating menopause.
There are a few dedicated Menopause Clinics in Australia with specialized Menopause Doctors, however these are few and far between.
“Medical schools and residencies are teaching doctors to take care of sickness. We weren’t trained at all how to create wellness…[but] menopausal medicine is all about that.”
—Susan Hardwick-Smith, MD
2. Find an Online Menopause Doctor
Since Covid, many specialist Doctors have gone online - and this is fabulous as regardless of your location in Australia, you can get access to these specialists via Zoom or over the phone.
List of Online Menopause Clinics in Australia:
These menopause clinics all offer telehealth services.
We will keep adding menopause-friendly online clinics here are we find them.
3. Ask Your Local Pharmacist for a Recommendation
Pharmacists are often an over-looked health care professional. Many pharmacists have an excellent understanding of local medical services and may be able to make a good recommendation for the right menopause doctor for you.
4. Contact Nearby Hospitals with a Gynecology Department
Call your local hospital or clinics that have an endocrinology or gynecology department. They may have doctors who specialize in menopause.
5. Call Your Health Insurance Provider
If you have Private Health Insurance, give them a call to see if they can recommend a menopause specialist. They may even have a Menopause Specialist on their books so you can receive discounted services.
6. Check with the Australasian Menopause Society (AMS)
The Australasian Menopause Society maintains a directory of health professionals who have a special interest in women's health in midlife and menopause. Visit their website at https://www.menopause.org.au and use the 'Find an AMS Doctor' tool.
7. Ask Other Women in Menopause Facebook Groups for Recommendations
Remember, it's essential to do your research and choose a doctor you feel comfortable with. Consider factors like the doctor's experience, patient reviews, location, and whether or not they're accepting new patients. And ensure that the doctor you choose is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
List of Menopause Doctors in Australia
We have collated a list of Doctors who specialise in menopause. Just click on the state you are in: