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The Menopause - A Time of Our Lives


We were delighted to welcome Dr Jenny Johnston, Dr Joanne McManus and Anne McGale as our guest speakers for the first event of our 2022 International Women's Day Programme on 8th March at 2.00 pm to speak on the topic of the menopause and to take part in a Q&A.


Dr Jenny Johnston (Clinical Reader, QUB and GP)

Dr Johnston is a clinical academic and practising GP in Belfast. Her research interests are in critical explorations of medical education, aiming to address power dynamics and improve inequalities in healthcare. She is an advocate for healthcare of women and menstruating people, and works clinically with socioeconomically disadvantaged groups including asylum seekers and populations recovering from Troubles trauma.


Dr Joanne McManus MD FRCOG

Dr McManus is a Consultant Gynaecologist, Fertility and Menopause Specialist working in the Belfast Trust.

She qualified from Queens University Belfast in 1988.

She was awarded an MD in 1998 for her thesis and research papers investigating the role of oestrogen in prevention of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease. This research formed the foundation for her future clinical work in the field of the menopause. She was accredited as a RCOG sub-specialist in Reproductive Medicine in 2002 and appointed to her Consultant post in the Belfast Trust in the same year.

Dr McManus is lead consultant in the only dedicated NHS HRT clinic in Northern Ireland, one of the largest menopause clinics in the UK. She is a member of the British Menopause Society and the only consultant gynaecologist in Northern Ireland who is a BMS accredited menopause specialist.  She is also a consultant in the Regional Fertility Centre Belfast.


Anne McGale: Menopause Wellbeing NI

Anne has been a Practice Nurse for the last 39 years, based at the Holywood Arches Health Centre and Crumlin Road Family Centre. I am also a freelance Health Facilitator, providing health education programmes, including menopause awareness and stress management workshops. She has worked with organisations such as, Allstates, Translink, Concentrix, Inspire, Ulster University and Omagh Council, Adoption and Fostering carers and Women’s groups. Anne has a certificate, diploma, and degree in Health Promotion from Ulster University.

Having dealt with my own menopause, Anne found the experience frustrating and confusing. She realised that there was a lack of available evidence-based information, to aid the management of menopausal symptoms. Having explored holistic options, she undertook training in Holistic therapies such as reflexology, aromatherapy, and auricular acupuncture (NADA protocol which is beneficial in PTSD, sweats, smoking cessation and calmness). Anne is a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists. In addition, she has undertaken training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for managing menopausal symptoms and has completed ‘The foundations in the menopause care’ and ‘Principals and practice of menopause’ courses administered by the Menopause society; in which she is a member.

Anne has engaged with the Equality Commission regarding menopause and discrimination in the workplace. She ran “The Big Pause” event in 2018 and several menopause awareness workshops to both corporate and voluntary sectors.

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