The first time I came to know about The Australian Menopause Centre was a few years ago when Glenette Silver from Macquarie Radio recommended that I interview Dr Gary Aaron on my overnight radio program on 2GB, 4BC, 2CC, 2BS & 2LT.
Glenette was raving about Dr Gary and his ‘as close to natural as possible’ treatment of Menopause.
I value her opinion and having had such a dreadful experience going through Menopause myself, I was intrigued to learn more and to hopefully impart information on-air that would prevent or reduce the severity of symptoms that other women might be suffering.
To say Dr Gary impressed me enormously would be an understatement.
Firstly, he immediately set a date to come into the Pyrmont studios at 0200 in the morning to talk with me and to take questions live from my talkback listeners for an hour on-air, instead of taking the easier option; to come in during daylight hours and record an interview.
Dr Gary’s expansive knowledge and passion about anti-ageing certainly resonated with my audience as we had no shortage of calls. He explained on-air about BHRT and why he believed so much in it.
I was pleased recently to see that the medical profession is now endorsing much of what Dr Gary’s been adopting in his practice for decades.
Listeners loved that Dr Gary could easily explain complex medical conditions in ways that we could all understand and he passed on lots of sage advice to every talkback caller who rang in to ask him specific questions without notice.
His radio appearance wasn’t just a one off either; Dr Gary gave up his sleep several times after that to talk on radio about both men and women’s health.
In my 40 plus years in media, I can actually tell a lot about someone when I interview them.
In Dr Gary’ case, during all the hours we spent face to face across a radio console live on-air together in the wee small hours of the morning, his passion and dedication to improving our health were always first and foremost and not once did he ever mention his business or try to promote himself in any way.
Last year, when I was asked to be the new AMC’s Ambassador, I did lots of research before I gladly accepted as I would never endorse anything I didn’t believe in.
I learned that I’d be following in much esteemed footsteps. Our former First Lady Hazel Hawke AO was their first Ambassador and I’m honoured to take over from their second Ambassador former Australian of the Year Ita Buttrose AO OBE.
It wasn’t just Dr Gary & previous Ambassadors, or the 75,000 women AMC has been looking after since it began in 2003 that convinced me to be the new face of AMC.
It was after I was given a tour of their operation at Belmore and meet their dedicated team that I knew I’d be able to confidently record their TV & Radio ads and recommend and encourage any woman to go to the AMC.
They showed me how each program is tailor made just for you by their doctors, whose sole focus is on every aspect of menopause.
The AMC’s team of doctors meets regularly for think-tanks to discuss and get a collaborative approach, especially with more difficult cases. They continue to further expand their knowledge by keeping up-to-date with the latest cutting edge menopause research and treatment.
Since being their Ambassador I regularly meet with the AMC team and the more I do, the more I learn and the more I admire them!
Everyone at AMC really cares about every woman and is constantly striving to help them glide through menopause…that’s why I agreed to be the new AMC Ambassador.
Susie Elelman AM
Author, TV & Radio Broadcaster