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Period Poverty Grants

Thank you to everyone who applied for a grant.
We will announce the successful projects soon. 

Menstruation Research Network

The Commissioner for Children and Young People has established a network of academics working across Australia to further research into menstruation. Their areas of research are diverse and include specialisms in business, health, education and the environment.

Any academics in Australia wishing to join this network should contact emma.houghton@sa.gov.au.

Recent menstrual research projects being undertaken by Australian academics include:

Academics from Western Sydney University have developed a white paper about menstrual equity in educational institutions and workplaces which will be launched on Tuesday the 24th of May. You can register via Eventbrite here

Dr Julie Hennegan and Dr Dani Barrington (UWA), in collaboration with Emily Wilson and Hannah Robinson, have brought together findings from two large scale systematic reviews of menstrual experiences to develop practical guidance for programmers and policy-makers. For more information, click here.

Identifying the drivers of menstrual material disposal and washing practices, by Hannah Robinson and Dr Dani Barrington: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYFPdiLHkHI

TAFE Queensland is working with Queensland University of Technology to research the barriers to product accessibility and the impact this has on students and staff: TAFE Queensland leads the way to address period poverty project (tafeqld.edu.au)

Overcoming the barriers to menstruation management in remote communities, by Dr Nina Lansbury Hall, Professor Sandra Creamer AM and Minnie King: https://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/australianoutlook/menstrual-hygiene-efforts-to-provide-dignity-for-girls-and-women-in-remote-australia/

Share the Dignity is hosting the Global Period Poverty Forum (GPPF) in Brisbane from 10 – 12 October, 2022.  The Forum aims to bring together world-class speakers, outstanding researchers and those making a global impact for three days of extraordinary development and learning around how WE can unite to end period poverty.

Find out full details here including how to register:



The South Australian Commissioner for Children and Young People has been working with other organisations to promote access to period products, appropriate infrastructure, high-quality information, and education, and to reduce the stigma of menstruation.

The Commissioner is currently engaging with young sports people to find out their experiences of menstruation. She is also working with government, researchers and sports clubs to raise understanding of periods across SA.

In February 2021, the SA Minister for Education announced that a grant will be provided to each public school in South Australia to ensure that access to sanitary products is not a barrier to learning.

The Commissioner produced a report, Menstruation Matters, in March 2021, which addresses the impact of menstruation on wellbeing, school participation and attendance, and involvement in educational, sporting and social activities.

In June 2021, the CCYP organised a National Period Summit with partners Taboo, Chalice and GOGO Foundation, Period Revolution, and Modibodi, to raise awareness of period poverty and highlight areas for future action. More than 100 participants gathered in Adelaide to discuss periods and menstruation more broadly. (The 3 min video below provides an overview of the day’s proceedings.)

A total of 629 people signed the Commissioner’s Period Poverty Petition calling upon the state government, the feminine hygiene industry, and community stakeholders to work together to end period poverty permanently in South Australia. The dates for the petition coincided with International Menstrual Hygiene Day – a day set aside to break taboos surrounding menstruation, raise awareness about periods, and understand the importance of good menstrual hygiene management worldwide.

 “Every young person deserves to attend school feeling happy, cared for and ready to learn.”
(SA Minister for Education, The Hon. John Gardner MP)


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