About this event

  • Date and time Thu 23 Sep 2021 from 9:30am to 1:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Military Medicine

This is the live stream for the in-person event Optimising Female Workforce taking place at The RSM, 1 Wimpole Street.

This live stream will help doctors understand the challenges and experiences of training women in an Armed Forces environment and will give attendees an understanding of the context within which women in the armed forces function.

Aims of this live stream include:

  • Understand how the physiology of women can influence performance outcomes.
  • Identify how menstrual health is impacted in arduous occupations.
  • Recognise nutritional deficiencies that affect the health and performance of servicewomen.

Join us to explore the lessons learned from Defence to protect and optimise the performance of women in the Workforce by reducing injury risk, promoting health and enhancing performance.

Key speakers include Professor Julie Greeves, Dr Sophie Arana and Major Elaine Walker. 


Standard pricing available until 23 September 2021.


RSM Member RSM Trainee RSM Student
£24.00 £18.00 £12.00

Non - Member

Non - Member Trainee Student
£40.00 £30.00 £20.00

Key speakers

Professor Julie Greeves

British Army

Professor WD Fraser

University of East Anglia

Professor Brad Nindl

Pittsburgh University

Dr Karl Friedl

United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine 


View the programme

Welcome and introduction

Col Julian Woodhouse, President Military Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Maj Gen Sharon Nesmith, General Officer Commanding Army Recruiting and Initial Training Group

Training Women for Role

Chaired by: Dr Thomas O’Leary

The “oestrogen advantage”

Dr Karl Friedl, United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine 

Female preparedness for combat

Professor Brad Nindl, Pittsburgh University

Pregnancy and postpartum

Major Elaine Walker and Dr Sophie Arana, British Army

Panel discussion

Menstrual Health in Servicewomen

Chaired by: Dr Anna Casey

Influence of hormonal contraceptives on bone health

Professor Julie Greeves, British Army

Menstrual function during arduous training

Squadron Leader Rob Gifford, Royal Air Force 

Menopause in Servicewomen
Panel discussion

Tea and coffee break

Nutritional Requirements for Servicewomen

Chaired by: Dr Sophie Arana

Vitamin D

Dr Charlie Pedlar, St Mary’s University


Dr Anna Casey, Deployment Support Team

Panel discussion

Closing remarks

Col Julian Woodhouse, President Military Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine 

End of webinar



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