AIA Insights Report

AIA and the Institute for the Future of Business discuss women’s health at midlife and beyond

Feb 2024
In October 2023, AIA Australia alongside The University of Melbourne’s Institute for the Future of Business held a roundtable discussing women’s health at midlife and beyond with a strong focus on peri-menopause and menopause.
During the roundtable discussion, key points emerged, emphasising the potential economic benefits of addressing women’s midlife health issues.
The participants highlighted that tackling these issues could result in substantial savings for both industry and the national budget. It was noted that women, on average, leave the workforce seven years earlier than men, impacting not only industry in terms of lost experience but also affecting women’s mental health, earnings, and superannuation.
The conversation stressed the necessity of demonstrating the economic value associated with fostering more supportive workplaces and retaining women in the workforce.
Additionally, the importance of treating women at midlife to enhance their physical and mental health, thereby prevent the onset of later-in-life chronic diseases like heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, and dementia, was underscored.
Delve into these key points and more in the Women’s Healthy Ageing Project paper.