A nurse has been named as chair of the British Menopause for the first time since the society was founded over 25 years ago.
Kathy Abernethy, a senior nurse specialist who works at London’s Northwick Park Hospital, will take up the role in July.
“I look forward to the challenge that chairing a multidisciplinary society will bring”
The society provides education, information and guidance to healthcare professionals specialising in all aspects of post-reproductive health.
Ms Abernethy will begin her two-year period as chair at the society’s annual conference.
She will be tasked with leading the organisation in its aims of increasing awareness about post-reproductive health and promoting good practice through meetings, publications and policy statements.
Ms Abernethy has worked in the field of menopause for more than 25 years and has published widely on the topic in the lay and nursing press.
She currently works in the multidisciplinary menopause service at Northwick Park Hospital assessing, treating and monitoring women with complex menopause needs, including young women, those who have had cancer and those with complicated medical needs.
She has also initiated a menopause education programme for nurses and regularly visits workplaces to discuss the impact of menopause on women at work.
Nurse named new chair of British Menopause Society
Speaking on her forthcoming role as chair, Ms Abernethy said: “I look forward to the challenge that chairing a multidisciplinary society will bring and am sure that my expertise from working in the award-winning menopause service at Northwick Park Hospital will stand me in good stead.”
She added: “During my career I have advised many women about menopause, ranging from 15 years old to over 80, while also educating health professionals in the need to offer women good information and evidence based treatment choices in line with NICE guidance.
“I aspire to see all women, wherever they are in the UK, have access to the great menopause care that we offer,” said Ms Abernethy.
Amanda Pye, chief nurse at London North West Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Northwick Park, said: “This appointment is testament to the commitment and dedication Kathy has shown in supporting and advising women about the menopause.
“We are incredibly fortunate to call Kathy one of our own and I wish her well in her new role,” said Ms Pye.