CRE-WaND researchers lead a new Lancet Menopause series

7th March 2024


Media release

Professor Martha Hickey leads a comprehensive re-evaluation of how society prepares for, supports, and empowers women as they experience menopause has been advocated for in a series published this week in The Lancet journal.

The Queensland Women and Girls’ Health Strategy 2032

29th February 2024

Media release

CRE-WaND Research has been used in the evidence base for the new Queensland Women and Girls’ Health Strategy that will provide the overarching framework that will drive Queensland reforms to benefit women and girls’ health in the future.

Research uncovers link between reproductive factors and COPD risk in women

14th April, 2024


Media release

A range of reproductive factors, including age when periods first start and an early menopause, are all linked to a heightened risk of COPD—the umbrella term for progressive lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties.

New global survey launched to shape the future of menopause research

18th October, 2023


Media release

Professor Martha Hickey leads the Menopause Priority Setting Partnership (MAPS), an international initiative inviting women and people assigned female at birth and their clinicians to take part in a global survey to identify key research gaps in menopause.

Ethnicity and early menopause increase risk of type 2 diabetes

26th September, 2023


Media release

Dr Hsin-Fang Chung and Prof. Gita Mishra from The University of Queensland analysed the health data of more than 330,000 postmenopausal women from six countries to find that ethnicity plays a significant role in determining a woman’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes after early  menopause.

Adequate rebates lead to optimal care: Study

26th September, 2023


Research by Prof. Jenny Doust and Dr Louise Wilson is featured in RACGP News

Evidence is mounting for a Medicare rebate overhaul, with Queensland researchers proving sufficient funding is key to providing best-practice care.

Preventative health checks reaching women who need it most

25th September, 2023


Research by Prof. Jenny Doust and Dr Louise Wilson is featured in Insight+ by the Medical Journal of Australia

Preventative health checks for women in mid-life are being provided to those who are most in need, contrasting with trends where those who are more disadvantaged tend to receive less primary health care.

1 in 7 Australian women aged 44-49 have endometriosis

20th September, 2023


Media release

Research by Prof. Gita Mishra has contributed to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report Endometriosis in Australia. Professor Mishra’s team at the University of Queensland used data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, along with health service data, to estimate the prevalence of endometriosis in 2 groups of women, those born between 1973 and 1978 and those born between 1989 and 1995.

Mental health matters

28th April, 2023


Dr Danusha Jayawardana writes for the Australian Health Economics Society (AHES)

Excess healthcare costs of psychological distress among young women are substantial and early intervention is required to reduce the risk of more severe mental illness.

CRE WaND Newsletter out now

17th April, 2023


A wrap up of recent research and translation highlights from across the CRE WaND

Read about:

  • Our work challenging health inequity
  • Investigating risk factors for stroke, women’s pregnancy planning needs, and the cost of mental health for young women
  • Translated health information videos for middle-aged women.

Systemic approaches needed to address wide-ranging inequities affecting women’s health

Professors Martha Hickey and Rachel Huxley write for Croakey Health Media

8th March, 2023

Researchers from the Collaboration for Enhanced Research Impact (CERI) write about the need for structural equity reform that goes beyond the technical understanding of medical misogyny. 

Women with satisfying relationships tend to have fewer chronic illnesses

22nd February, 2023


Women with satisfying relationships tend to have fewer chronic illnesses

Women who have quality relationships in their 40s and 50s are less likely to develop multiple chronic conditions in older age.

Women are told their fertility ‘falls off a cliff’ at 35, but is that right?

30th November, 2022


Dr Karin Hammarberg writes for The Conversation

If you want children, it’s important to understand the biology of fertility. This can help those who have a choice about timing to decide when to start trying for a baby.

Podcast: How can we improve health messaging to reach all Australians

24th October, 2022

Dr Mridula Bandyopadhyay talks to The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre

It’s no surprise that half our population searches online to inform themselves, but how does that work when English is not your first language? Listen in or read the transcript.

CRE WaND submission on the National Strategy to Achieve Gender Equality

28th April, 2022

In this consultation document, CRE WaND members have outlined recommendations for addressing gender equality issues impacting their spheres of expertise.

Women with a history of miscarriage or stillbirths have a higher risk of stroke, research finds

23rd June, 2022


Professor Gita Mishra, Professor Jenny Doust, and Chen Liang write for The Conversation

The study compared pooled data from more than 610,000 women in Australia, China, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden, UK and USA, and found the risk increased with multiple pregnancy losses.

2021 Newsletter out now

Read more about the work our team has been doing

Catch up on research and project highlights from the last 12 months.

Systematic review and meta-analysis

November, 2021

Age at Menopause and Risk of Lung Cancer

Previous systematic reviews and meta-analyses have examined the link between various reproductive factors and lung cancer however, none have found a significant association between age at menopause and lung cancer risk. This study aimed to conduct a meta-analysis examining the association of early and late menopause with lung cancer risk.

The widespread gender bias in healthcare

4th October, 2021

Professor Martha Hickey on ABC’s Health Report

Professor Hickey joins the disscussion on the impact of gender bias in healthcare amd the historical underrepresentation of women in research.

Use of telehealth mental health services

29th December, 2020

Insight into the first 6 months of the COVID-19 pandemic

Dr. Danusha Jayawardana & Professor Brenda Gannon used Medicare data to identify service utilisation trends. 


UQ SPH Seminar

Dr Louise Wilson & Dr Zhiwei Xu

Find what our post-docs have been working on. Follow the link for more information about the seminar.

Flesh after Fifty Doco

Insights into project changing the narrative around women’s ageing 

Speaking with the artists and members of the project team, this short documentary tells the story behind the art.

Menopause and perimenopause

Diagnosis, symptoms and misinformation around HRT

Centre director, Professor Gita Mishra talks to Dea Clark from ABC News about changes in woman reporting menopause related symptoms.

The Conversation article featured in Newsweek Japan 

Cervical, breast, heart, bowel: here’s what women should be getting screened regularly

Newsweek Japan has featured Chief Investigator Professor Jenny Doust and Professor Gita Mishra’s Conversation article in their 2021 special issue. You can read the conversation article here or click the link below to view the Japanese article.

Flesh after Fifty

Changing images of older women in Art

Flesh after Fifty challenges negative stereotypes of aging while celebrating and promoting positive images of older women through art.

How common are blood clots on the contraceptive pill?

Professor Doust speaks to The Feed

CRE Chief Investigator, Professor Jenny Doust, spoke with Eden Gillespie at the SBS about the contraceptive pill and blood clots.

New research findings

Did changing MBS criteria reduce overuse of vitamin D testing?

Researcher, Dr. Louise Wilson explores whether the new criteria changed vitamin D testing rates in Australian women and explores the characteristics of women still undergoing tests.

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