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Menopause: Insights and beyond

Join us for a comprehensive online day focusing on women's health in midlife, specifically centred around effective perimenopause and menopause management

For the majority of women, menopausal hormone changes present a multifaceted challenge, impacting them physically, psychologically, and socially. This education day is designed to equip healthcare professionals with the knowledge to enhance consultations.

The day aims to bolster your practice, supporting you to:

  1. Be able to confidently introduce the concepts of reproductive hormones in consultations with women.
  2. Be confident to validate symptoms and sit with the possibility of hormonal aetiology alongside other differentials.
  3. Commence medical management of hormonal or non-hormonal management in perimenopause and menopause.
  4. Understand how the lead up to menopause can give clues to womens' psychological and physical wellbeing in midlife and how this impacts their family, employment, and their wider sense of self.

This webinar event will be recorded, including presentations, panel discussions and audience Q&A sessions. Registrants will be emailed access to the videos the week after the event, along with links to any resources mentioned during the webinar.


$350 inc GST

All prices include processing fees and GST.


8.30 Welcome and housekeeping Katie McCullough

Insights into midlife: more than just hormone therapy

Nicky will explore the importance of understanding the impact of changing hormones on women's health from a patient's perspective.

Nicky Pellegrino

Reproductive physiology: mana wāhine

Understanding the science behind the menstrual cycle and the role of hormones equips patients and empowers healthcare professionals to manage the symptoms experienced during this reproductive journey.

In addition, the necessity for a unique, personalised management plan is underscored by considering the individual's experiences and drawing upon clues from their personal life and familial history.

Samantha Newman
9.20 5 minute quick break

Is it hormones? Empowering patient understanding and strengthening doctor-patient bonds through validation

Effective history-taking to guide the patient through the symptoms.  

Using tools to help understand whether the symptoms are hormone-related or not.  

Looking at the role of estrogen and progesterone in the body and through the understanding of the menstrual cycle.

Samantha Newman
10.00  Q&A  
10.10 10 minute break

Female physiology in midlife: the science to support and validate our patients

Stacy provides a comprehensive understanding of female physiology in midlife, focusing on the scientific basis behind perimenopause and menopause, and how these physiological changes impact weight management and overall health.

She explores the role of weight training and cardiovascular training in midlife, elucidating the importance of different types of weight training and their effects on muscle mass, metabolism, and hormonal balance in women.

Stacy Sims
  5 minute quick break

The positive role of non-hormonal medications

When are non-hormonal options indicated, why do they work and why can we be confident about this approach in indicated cases?

Helen will help you confidently offer non-hormonal management options for menopause and perimenopause, emphasizing a positive and informed approach.

Helen Roberts

Discussion: Case studies on non-hormonal management of menopause

Using case studies, the panel explore how lifestyle and non-hormonal options were commenced, counselled and symptom improvement and side effects.

Demonstrate how as HCPs we can positively use non-hormonal options to support women in mid-life and beyond.

Rachel Copland, Olivia Smart, Kate Rassie.
11.40 30 minute lunch

Understanding how and why MHT is not one-size-fits-all all

How to start a patient in the perimenopause on MHT and its application to postmenopause. What to do with symptoms post-initiation, what to do at the first review, 10-year plan, etc.

Samantha will also overview the medication's safety profile, the risks to the individual, and confidence in improving wellbeing.

Samantha Newman

Discussion: MHT problem-solving and common questions

Samantha Newman, Olivia Smart, Kate Rassie.
1.35 5 minute quick break

More than just me - Ruahinetanga in the whare [home] and the mahi [work]: It's about the whānau [family]

Highlighting the interconnectedness of family, work, and mental well-being during menopause and women's midlife health, emphasizing this transitional phase's social impact and contextual significance.

Exploring how menopause and hormonal changes impact women's mental health and workplace performance, with a focus on addressing symptoms of burnout and low confidence and providing validation and support for women experiencing work-related distress during this life stage.

Janice Hemi, Louise Kuegler
2.00 10 minute quick break

Pelvic health: more than just vaginal dryness

Olivia will cover an understanding of the anatomy physiology of genital health, emphasizing the impact of genitourinary syndrome of the menopause (GSM) beyond sexual health.

A holistic approach to genital health addresses its effects on bowel, bladder, pelvic, and sexual health.

Cultural safety and respectful practice is also covered.

Olivia Smart
2.30 Q&A  

Wrap up


Remember to log your CPD time:

You can log 5.5 CPD points for attending this event.

All attendees will be sent a "thank you for attending" email the following week, which you can submit as portfolio evidence.




Samantha Newman

General Practitioner

MBChB BSc (hons) PGDipOMG
Honorary Lecturer at the University of Auckland
Adjunct Research Associate at the University of Monash

​Sam qualified from Bristol University Medical School in 2010, starting clinical training in North-west London, and subsequently started Obstetrics and Gynaecology Specialist Training. Moved to New Zealand in 2013 and has been working as a GP since 2015 becoming a Fellow of the RNZGP College. Sam established FemaleGP in 2016 to improve access to focused healthcare for women.

​In 2020-2021 Sam was the Clinic Lead of a GP-led prolapse and incontinence clinic at Hawkes Bay Hospital.  She works as a Forensic Medical Examiner for sexual assault, and in General Practice at a local family practice.

It has always been Sam's ambition to focus on women's health and run a specialist clinic. She regularly meets with specialist healthcare providers in women's health, particularly menopause and reproductive hormone medicine, from all over the world to ensure she delivers quality healthcare.


Janice Hemi

Māori senior leader

Janice is an experienced Māori senior leader (i.e. Office of the Ombudsman, Regional Public Health, Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children, Human Rights Commission) who has been providing coaching and professional supervision to public sector practitioners and managers for over 20 years.  She is passionate about supporting wāhine as they navigate their way through an increasing complex and everchanging public sector environment and is mindful in her coaching of the impact that menopause can have for some women on their workplace performance.  Her qualifications include a Master of Public Management, NZIM Certificate in Management, Understanding Unconscious Bias, and Team Leader capability.  

Janice will highlight the importance of storytelling in health, and particularly when we engage with our indigenous communities.  She will highlight how through cultural safety we can all improve our practice and journey with our patients.


Louise Kuegler

General Practitioner

Louise is an experienced Specialist General Practitioner who is passionate about women’s hormonal health, especially in the midlife. She holds Fellowship from the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Australasian Nutritional and Environmental Medicine qualifications.
Louise is a passionate teacher at the University of Auckland. She is a long standing member of the Goodfellow Education team at the university, and has released over 100 continuing medical education podcasts for primary care. She has been involved in many webinars, education days and conferences.
Having completed the International Menopause Society training, and a member of the Australasian Menopause Society, Louise is up to date with the latest evidence based care for midlife women and provides a holistic approach to their care.



Helen Roberts

Menopause Consultant

Helen is a Consultant at the ADHB Contraception/Menopause clinic, a First Certifying Consultant at the Epsom Day Unit, an Honorary Associate Professor of Women’s Health at the University of Auckland, and a Pipelle/Jadelle/IUD insertion trainer.

After Helen's medical degree at Trinity College Dublin, she worked at the Rotunda Hospital and then King’s College Hospital in London before coming to New Zealand and joined Family Planning, becoming the Medical Director and National Medical Spokesperson from 1988-1992. In 1991 Helen completed the MPH at Yale University in New Haven before taking up an academic position in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Auckland. Helen was Associate Professor of Women’s Health until retirement at the end of 2017. At present, she continues her contraception and menopause clinic at Greenlane Clinical Centre and works as a certifying consultant at Epsom Day Unit.

Assoc Prof Roberts provides expert commentary for the Women's Health issue of Sexual Health Research Review.


Olivia Smart

Consultant Gynaecologist


Olivia is a specialist gynaecologist based in Christchurch New Zealand. She obtained her medical degree from University College London and undertook post graduate studies at Imperial College before relocating to New Zealand to complete her fellowship training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2005.


Stacy Sims

Exercise Physiologist & Nutrition Scientist


Stacy is a forward-thinking international exercise physiologist and nutrition scientist who aims to revolutionize exercise nutrition and performance for women. She has directed research programs at Stanford, AUT University, and the University of Waikato, focusing on female athlete health and performance and pushing the dogma to improve research on all women.

Her contributions to the international research environment and the sports nutrition industry has established a new niche in sports nutrition; and established her reputation as the expert in sex differences in training, nutrition, and health. This paradigm shift is the focus of her famous "Women Are Not Small Men” TEDx talk.


Nicky Pellegrino


Nicky Pellegrino is an award-winning journalist, writing about health, science and lifestyle topics for a number of publications and has a regular health column in the NZ Listener magazine. Her non-fiction title about menopause Don’t Sweat It: How to Make ‘The Change’ a Good One was a bestseller. She is also the author of 15 bestselling novels, including Marry Me in Italy, Tiny Pieces Of Us and To Italy, With Love. Her stories have readers around the world and have been translated into over 12 languages. Raised in the UK, she now lives in Auckland, New Zealand with a husband, an adopted greyhound and a lot of books.


Kate Rassie

Consultant Endocrinologist

Dr Kate Rassie is a consultant endocrinologist at Monash Health and at Jean Hailes for Women’s Health, Melbourne. She is also a PhD candidate at Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation, Monash University.

Kate completed her undergraduate medical training at the University of Auckland, and her physician and core endocrinology training in Auckland, before moving to Melbourne for fellowship and post-graduate studies in 2020.

Her particular areas of clinical and research interest are women’s health, female reproductive and menstrual disorders, endocrinology in pregnancy and lactation, menopause and MHT, obesity and weight management, and all areas of diabetes (including general, T1DM, pre-conceptual diabetes management, and diabetes in pregnancy).


Rachel Copland

General Practitioner

Rachel is a General Practitioner who applies a holistic approach to women’s hormonal health. She holds Fellowships from the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Paediatrics and certificate in Obstetrics & Gynaecology. As a member of the Australasian Menopause Society, Rachel stays updated on the latest research to support women through menopause and beyond, in both primary care and menopause clinic (Oxford Womens Health, Queenstown) settings.  She is passionate about educating, empowering, and supporting her patients to optimise their health and wellbeing.