South Australia’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, Helen Connolly, has established a network of academics working across Australia to further research into menstruation. Their areas of research are diverse and include specialisations in business, health, education and the environment.

Members include:

Any academics in Australia wishing to join this network should contact

Recent menstrual research projects undertaken by Australian academics include:

Professor Ruth Knight has published the preliminary results of an Australian study into how periods impact the lives of those who menstruate. The report provides valuable insights into the impact of periods and period poverty on the lives of young people. Read More
How women see their premenstrual bodies, by Samantha Ryan, Professor Jane Ussher and Alexandra Hawkey. Mapping the abject: Women’s embodied experiences of premenstrual body dissatisfaction through body-mapping. Samantha Ryan, Jane M Ussher, Alexandra Hawkey, 2022 (
Christina Bradley from TAFE Queensland and her team won the TAFE Qld Diversity and Cultural Contribution Award in September for their work to introduce free period products to TAFE venues on the Gold Coast. Read More
Menstruation advice online: A team from Western Sydney University developed a new website on menstrual cycles and conditions such as PCOS, endometriosis, PMS and more. It also provides evidence-based self-care menstrual management strategies including yoga postures, breathing exercises and dietary advice. Read More
Identifying the drivers of menstrual material disposal and washing practices, by Hannah Robinson and Dr Dani Barrington: Watch Here
Overcoming the barriers to menstruation management in remote communities, by Dr Nina Lansbury Hall, Professor Sandra Creamer AM and Minnie King: Read More