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Menopause and heat stress at work

This research project aims to determine the ambient temperatures at which menopausal women experiencing hot flashes can engage in work tasks without discomfort.

If a hot flash is observed during trials, it will enable us to investigate the underlying factors that may occur prior to, or during a hot flash response. 

If you agree to participate, you will be required to participate in one preliminary session and three experimental sessions (total time commitment of approximately 13 hours) all performed within a climate chamber. Two of which you will be required to perform stepping exercises, the other you will be seated for the duration of the trial (approximately 4 hours). 

Ethics committee approval number: 2019/174


You may be eligible to participate in this study if you are:

  • premenopausal or postmenopausal, as defined below:
    • Premenopausal: Experiencing regular menstrual periods with no current symptoms of menopause. 
    • Postmenopausal: Amenorrhoeic for >12 months and experiencing ‘hot flashes’ daily or weekly. 
  • between the age of 40 and 60 years (inclusive).

You will not be eligible to participate in the study if you:

  • have hypertension, cardiovascular, respiratory and/or metabolic disorders
  • currently, smoke, or have regularly smoked within the past two years
  • are currently undergoing hormonal treatments or other therapies designed to reduce hot flash frequency/intensity or other symptoms associated with menopause.

How to participate

If you are interested in assisting with this important and exciting area of research, please contact Dr Ollie Jay (+61 44 911 6760; or Mrs Sarah Carter (0409 856 972;