Funding for new menopause diagnosis tool

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Women experiencing menopause will soon have access to new digital services to help improve their quality of care.

A new digital tool will be developed by researchers to help general practitioners pick up early menopausal symptoms when women seek healthcare advice.

The tool will have a self-assessment feature to be completed by women before their consultation and make sure key health information about patients is immediately accessible to GPs.

As part of Women's Health Week, the federal government has announced more than $1 million in funding for the project being run by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

The project will be a collaboration between the Australasian Menopause Society, Jean Hailes for Women's Health and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Menopausal symptoms like anxiety, significant pain and sleeplessness can wreak havoc on women's daily lives, Assistant Health Minister Ged Kearney said.

"Australian women, girls, and gender-diverse people ... deserve equal access to safe, effective, affordable and appropriate health care services and support that meet their needs," she said.

"It's so important that we're making it easier for women to have quality, accessible menopausal care from their GP."

Women's Health Week runs from September 5 to 11 and this year's theme is "It's all about you".

It comes after a survey conducted by Jean Hailes found women's physical and mental health had deteriorated since the start of the pandemic.