When the Women's Health Taskforce meets tomorrow, menopause medical care and support will be part of the discussion.

The taskforce was set up by the Department of Health in September 2019 to improve women's health outcomes and experiences of healthcare with improving supports for menopause identified as a key priority.

Rachel McKenna, Chief Nursing Officer with the Department of Health and Lead advocate Voice for the Women's Health Taskforce, says key issues include looking at "the lack of available trusted information" and ways to better support women in the workplace who are going through menopause.

She said: "We have started to build a trusted information source that will be published and available as part of the citizens advice that we will put up on the website for all women. One of the key subjects of that is going to be around menopause and information available for women."

"We are looking at the better workplace options. We want to engage further with women and make sure they are included in improving the workplace because that's a key part of supporting women who are working full time and going through the menopause. Getting them involved in that project is going to be a key priority for us," she added.

Over recent weeks, the growing conversation around menopause which began with an email from Sallyanne Brady to Liveline has prompted calls for a national awareness and education campaign.

Sallyanne Brady is the co-founder of The Irish Menopause Facebook group, which has over 19,000 members.

She said: "We would like to see, in the future, GPs having menopause training so a woman can get what she needs from her GP and have an understanding rather than being told she's just depressed or anxious.

"We would like to see, in the future, menopause being included in secondary school education because I think it's important for future females and we would like to see every woman educated on menopause so she can thrive in the last third of her life."

Catherine O'Keeffe, the 'Wellness Warrior', is a menopause coach who provides workplace menopause training and is organising The Menopause Success Summit for this September.

She says it is vital to support women in the workplace during menopause "to make sure that we are retaining that wisdom, the experience that women have at this age".

She said: "One of the biggest challenges would be a loss of confidence which we know can happen to many women in menopause. You don't feel as confident in a role that previously you could have done with your eyes closed.

"If possibly, you're in a meeting with your manager and you knew your manager understood menopause then you would relax a little bit. You'd feel more supported."

Dr Deirdre Lundy specialises in women's healthcare and is also a trainer for the Irish College of General Practitioners.

She feels menopause care "has become a bit of an orphan over the last 20 years".

She said: "You would imagine it would be part of a normal sort of gynaecology health service and hospital-based but it isn't.

"It's not just menopause. There is a shocking lack of joined up service when it comes to women in Irish general practice."

'Menopause: What next?' is the final report in a three-part series on the menopause for RTÉ News online and social media platforms.

In our first report, 'Menopause and Me', women from around Ireland told us their deeply personal stories about menopause. Watch it here.

In our video 'Menopause Explained' Dr Hartley talks menopause, hormonal patterns and gives tips and advice on how to cope during menopause. Watch it here.