We congratulate Alana Munro, who was recently presented with the Graduate Women NSW Centenary Award (seen above with Her Excellency, The Hon Margaret Beazley QC, the Governor of NSW). Alana holds a Bachelor of Health Science from the University of Sydney and transferred from a Master of Research to a Doctor of Philosophy at the same university. The title of her thesis is: Menstrual hygiene management among adolescent females: a comparison between Australian and South East Asia.

Alana’s work looks at ‘combatting period poverty and improving the experiences of menstruation among women, girls and non-binary people and removing barriers to education’. The $10,000 funds will support her to research, write and publish her work ‘open access’ giving it a greater reach and impact.

Alana has a policy background that will hopefully help her to translate her work into practical policy outcomes and her supervisor believed she would make a substantial contribution to women’s health. Alana has already been making progress on a practical level having negotiated with Sydney University to provide Share with Dignity machines (for free menstrual products) and working on ways to conduct the SE Asian comparative study in this time of no travel due to COVID restrictions.

We wish Alana all the very best and look forward to hearing the results of her research.

Governor of NSW with Alana Munro

Her Excellency with Alana

Alana with Mr Frank Ward and Ms Helen Ward

Alana Munro and Scott Manning