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No more ‘bikini health’: shifting views on women’s ageing after 30 years

It has been over 30 years since female hysteria was unlisted as an official diagnosis, and we have learned very little about women's health since then, according to researcher, neurologist and author Professor Cassandra Szoeke.

"When people say 'women's health' they all think about something that a bikini is covering," she said.

"We know very, very little about women's health not covering the bikini locations."

In her new book Secrets of Women's Healthy Ageing, Dr Szoeke draws on the findings of the longest study into women's health in Australia to uncover a holistic perspective on chronic disease prevention in later life.

The women's healthy ageing project began in the 90s and has followed its participants through their mid-to-late lives, tracking their lifestyle and habits through menopause and into the ageing process.

Professor Szoeke joined Aged Care Insite to share the details of what makes you healthier as you age, gender bias in health research and the essential ingredients of living well.

Professor Szoeke has been lead researcher of the women's healthy ageing project for over 20 years. Picture: Supplied.
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