About this event

  • Date and time Tue 26 Feb 2019 from 9:30am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Food and Health, Occupational Medicine

One in four women currently going through menopause have considered leaving work due to their symptoms. Some studies also suggest that some work environments may make menopause symptoms worse. Despite this, the majority of women are unwilling to disclose menopause related health problems to their line managers due to the taboo surrounding the subject and the fact that there is a lack of interest in addressing the subject in many workplaces.

This event will address the effects of menopause transition in working women and review the nature and scale of its impact in the workplace and wider labour market.

Topics include   

  • Know about the manifestations and long and short term impact of menopause transition
  • Understand the role of nutrition on symptoms of the menopause
  • Know about exercise and lifestyle strategies for supporting women at work as they experience menopause transition
  • Understand how employers’ attitudes can impact on the economic participation of women experiencing menopause transition
  • Know the evidence and gaps in the evidence linking menopause transition and its impact on the work place and/or labour market


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Registration, tea and coffee
Introduction and welcome

Mr Anthony Mander, President Elect, Food and Health Forum, Royal Society of Medicine and Gynaecology Menopause Specialist, Nuffield Health Oxford, The Manor Hospital

The role of nutrition in treating the symptoms of the menopause

Dr Nicholas J. Miller, Laboratory Director, Biolab Medical Unit

Menopause: A whistle-stop tour

Dr Hannah Short, GP Specialist in Menopause and Premenstrual Disorders, West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group

Tea and coffee break
Work menopause: Occupational health perspective

Dr Sally Coomber, Deputy Director of Occupational Health and Staff Wellbeing, Public Health England

Advances in premature ovarian insufficiency

Mr Nicholas Panay, Consultant Gynaecologist and Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine, Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital, Imperial College NHS Foundation Trust and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Panel discussion
Women in policing and the menopause

Chief Inspector Clara Williams, Chief Inspector of Police, Greater Manchester Police and Police Constable Elaine Monaghan, Greater Manchester Police

How can women employees experiencing the menopause transition be better supported?

Professor Joanna Brewis, Professor of People and Organisations, Department of People and Organizations, The Open University Business School

MENOS@Work: Work-based interventions to improve the menopausal experience in working women

Dr Claire Hardy, Lecturer in Organisational Health and Wellbeing, Lancaster University

Work and the menopause

Ms Deborah Garlick, Director, Henpicked: Menopause in the Workplace

Tea and coffee break
Women’s support – what is available?

Ms Kathy Abernethy, Nurse Specialist and Co-Lead, Menopause Service, London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust

Hormone replacement therapy: Disability free life expectancy

Mr Anthony Mander

Panel discussion - chaired by Mr Anthony Mander and Dr Sally Coomber

Dr Hannah Short, Dr Claire Hardy, Chief Inspector Clara Williams, Constable Elaine Monaghan, Professor Joanna Brewis, Ms Kathy Abernethy, Ms Deborah Garlick, Ms Sara Moger, Chief Executive, British Menopause Society

Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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