MENSE-ED

Mense-ed provides practical and engaging menstrual education workshops for teachers and school staff to support the creation of a positive menstrual culture in their school.

Why?
  • Many girls will start their period before they finish primary school, and many more will be wondering when they will start
  • Currently a majority of girls anticipate their periods with dread, disgust, embarrassment and even shame. Some experience period-shaming and bullying about the changes of puberty
  • An overwhelming majority of women report a negative, poorly supported experience of menarche and this has not improved significantly for girls going through puberty today

Australian and international studies have linked girls’ experience of menarche and menstruation to impacts on

  • the risk of depression
  • self-esteem
  • body image
  • confidence in peer relationships
  • the confidence to make healthy choices
  • later childbirth experiences
What can we do differently to create a more positive outcome for girls?

We can promote a positive menstrual culture at school with confident communication about preparation for menstruation, body literacy, menstrual management and self-care as a natural and easy part of a girl’s life.

Our Mense-ed trainers are education, health and community service professionals with a special interest and skills in positive menstrual education. We have a commitment to bringing the best evidence, best resources and best practice to support teachers in their quest to create a positive menstrual culture in their schools.

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Gratitude

Tanja Novakovic, Primary School Teacher: Mense-Ed PD has given me practical ways to build self-esteem and teach about puberty and menstruation that really addresses what young people need to know about their bodies.

Angela White, Executive Officer, Adolescent Success: Mense-Ed is a great way for teachers to upskill themselves on how to create a positive culture around menstruation.

Sue MacDonald, School Counsellor: Mense-ed opened our eyes to the importance of this awareness for our school. We are excited about implementing your recommendations and can already see benefits for girls (and staff!).

David Morse, School Principal: Thank you for your fascinating presentation. I’m keen for more of our teachers to attend Mense-Ed, so together we can create a positive menstrual culture across the school.