Health system utilisation vs preference: early trends from the inaugural VITAL peri-/menopause registry of Australia

Erin Morton, Kelly Teagle, Linda Dear, Emma Rees, Johanna Wicks, Naomi Reeves, Maria Alejandra Pinero de Plaza, Katie Harris, Liz Buckley, Murthy Mittinty, Gillian Mason, Janey Barrow, Laura Edney

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Aims – To evaluate early trends in Australian health system utilisation and consumer preferences for peri-/menopause care, as reported via the inaugural Virtual regIstry of perI-/menopause in AusTrALia (VITAL).

Methods – VITAL was designed by a researcher with >20 years’ clinical trials & ANZ registry expertise, with lived experience of peri-/menopause, to collate consumer feedback on peri-/menopause experiences, treatment preferences, & priorities. Enhanced by a stakeholder consortium of >250 experts, VITAL recently launched to national dissemination via innovative methodologies & cutting-edge technology, surpassing ACSQHC clinical quality registry guidelines. VITAL collates information not just on the clinical diagnosis & treatment pathways experienced, but also on the pathways consumers prefer.

Results – Analysis of VITAL registry data collected to date will include current self-reported health system utilisation and health service preferences by demographics, as advised by VITAL’s peri-/menopause community.

Key Conclusions – VITAL is the inaugural Australian peri-/menopause registry, and world-first consumer-led, consumer-driven, & consumer-directed registry, to enable early insight into how well we, as clinicians & researchers, are responding to the needs & wants of our Australian peri-/menopause community. Preliminary evidence presented here provides the first evidence for health care utilisation and preferences for this cohort.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sept 2023
Event26th Annual Australasian Menopause Society (AMS) Congress 2023: Remarkable reflections on midlife and menopause - the Millennium, Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 1 Sept 20233 Sept 2023


Conference26th Annual Australasian Menopause Society (AMS) Congress 2023
Abbreviated titleAMS Congress 2023
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
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  • Menopause
  • VITAL registry
  • Lived experience
  • Health system utilisation
  • Consumer preferences


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