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Menopause- The missing life stage in workplaces?

Date: Tuesday 28 May 2019
Time 11:00AM - 12:00PM

Price: AHRI Members - 30.00
Non Members - 50.00
CPD: 0.00
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Menopause- The missing life stage in workplaces?

Webinar Starts: 11am
Webinar Concludes: 12pm


Menopause – The missing life stage in workplaces?

It’s the missing life stage in workplace culture, policy and training, even though it affects over a million women in the Australian workforce each year. 
We are talking about menopause.
Despite it being a natural stage in the life cycle that affects half of humanity, it’s a taboo topic, especially in workplaces. 
Research suggests that almost 50 per cent of women find work more difficult due to menopausal symptoms, especially hot flushes, fatigue and trouble concentrating. 
Despite this, workplace initiatives are rare. Just 2.4 per cent of workplaces offered information or support for menopause, according to a 2014 AHRI survey. 
This timely and engaging presentation will explore:
Why talk about menopause in the workplace and why now?

  • The taboo surrounding menopause.
     Thea will include the themes identified through the recent interviews she conducted with 30 Australian working women at various stages of menopause: stigma, silence on the topic and feelings of isolation at work.

  • The Facts about menopause.  Menopause is poorly understood including by women themselves.
  • What women say they want with regards to addressing menopause at work.  
  • Case studies from workplaces in UK who are leading this space. 


    PRESENTER :  Thea O’Connor, Wellbeing and Productivity Advisor, Presenter and Coach

    Thea O’Connor is a senior advisor on workplace wellbeing and productivity.
    She helps leaders, teams and individuals improve their workplace engagement and effectiveness through body intelligence and better health.  
    Last year Thea created and piloted The Change – a confidential online program for working women experiencing menopause. 
    She is regularly interviewed by ABC radio, including Life Matters (see
    She is:
    ·         Experienced, with over 25 years experience in health promotion, including as a workplace wellbeing consultant and health and productivity coach, and founder of NapNow, an initiative that advocates for a work ethic that incorporates daily rhythms of renewal, including sufficient, quality sleep.
    She is a former dietitian and trainer for beyondblue regarding mental health issues in the workplace.
    ·         Qualified: - Bachelor of Science (Adelaide University) Awarded Sir Ronald Fisher Prize for first place in 3rd year Genetics. -         
    Post- graduate degree in Nutrition & Dietetics (Flinders University, S.A.) -         
    Certificate in Health Coaching, (Health Change Australia) and Level 2 in Organisational
    - Coaching with the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership, Sydney.
    -          Cert IV in Workplace Training and Assessment.
    ·         Up to date:  As a freelance writer for the Law Society Journal NSW, In The Black magazine and previously, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian,
    Thea stays right up to date with the latest science of high performance and wellbeing, interviewing national and international experts on topical health issues and workplace trends.



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    Registration closes Tuesday 29 April 2019

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