Equity Events

Events to promote equity are held throughout the year, across the University. Equity news items are shared to highlight important issues and key successes.

Menopause Matters - a lunchtime seminar for staff by leading practitioners in the area


Date: Wednesday 14 November
Time: 12noon- 1pm
Venue: Case Room 23 (2nd floor) Owen G Glenn, University of Auckland City Campus

The Equity Office is holding a seminar to discuss how menopause affects women at work and what support is available. Leading experts in this area Dr Janice Brown and Dr Helen Roberts will seek to help women experiencing troublesome menopausal symptoms, and to support them and their colleagues with any impacts on work.

16% of women staff at The University of Auckland are between 51 and 65 years old. While not every woman will notice symptoms during menopause, 75% of women do experience symptoms, of which 25% experience serious symptoms impacting personal and work life.

These symptoms can adversely affect the quality of both personal and working life. At work they can cause embarrassment, diminish confidence and be stressful to deal with. Menopause may be compounded by the development of other health conditions, as well as coinciding with caring responsibilities for ageing parents and relatives.

A study of female employees at Australian universities found the more frequently women experienced menopause-related symptoms, the less engaged they felt at work, less satisfied with their job, less committed to the organisation they work for, and with a greater intention to quit their job.

Menopause should not be taboo or ‘hidden’ in workplace discussions.The University recognises that it is a natural part of a woman’s life and is not always an easy transition.This seminar aims to make this issue more public in order to ultimately assist more women staff who may need support.

Seminar Topics

• What you can expect with menopause
• How to manage symptoms
• What sort of support is available at work


Dr Janice Brown
– Medical Lead, Student Health and Counselling and NZ representative on the Board of the Australasian Menopause Society

Dr Helen Roberts – Honorary Assoc. Professor, Department Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty ofMedical Health Sciences and Consultant at the Menopause Clinic

See also Menopause and the workplace and How managers can support menopausal experience.

2018 Equity events for Students

Event                      Audience           Date
Māori and Pacific Parents Evening Year 12 and 13 Māori and Pacific students, their whānau and aiga (Auckland region) Thursday, 31 May  
KATTI Year 12 Māori students Wednesday 20 & Thursday 21 June
PILOT Year 12 Pacific students  Wednesday, 13 June, Thursday 14 June, + family dinner
STEAM Ahead Year 13 Māori and Pacific students (Auckland region) Tuesday, 3 July
PILOT Year 11 Pacific students  Wednesday, 15 August, Thursday 14 August + family dinner
KATTI Year 11 Māori students   Thursday 2 August & Wednesday 11 August
Whāia te Pae Tawhiti  Māori students Thursday, 23 August - Sunday 26 August
Courses and Careers Day Prospective Māori and Pacific students Saturday, 25 August
PILOT Year 10 Pacific students Wednesday, 31 October, Thursday 1 November + family dinner
KATTI Year 10 Māori students  Wednesday 24 October & Friday 26 October
BEAMS  Year 10 Māori and Pacific students Wednesday, 21 November - Tuesday, 27 November (excluding weekend)