Women’s Health Keynote at NSW Conference

Posted February 15, 2023 by Poppy O'Reilly

Last Thursday, 9th February, Devon Netball Development Officer (NDO), Jenny Kelly, and Baz Moffat, co-founder of The Well HQ, were invited on to Claire Carter’s live morning show on BBC Radio Somerset.

Claire is hosting Netball South West’s Game Conference in Wellington on 25th February and was keen to know more about not only what was on offer for coaches and umpires but also how women’s health is becoming increasingly important across female sport. To listen back to the interview click here and skip to 3:21.

As the key-note speaker at the conference, Baz Moffat explained at being surprised how little education sports professionals were receiving on menstrual cycles, pelvic health, the menopause and breasts so set up The Well HQ with Dr Emma Ross and Dr Bella Smith to raise awareness of these issues. ‘Women are up to eight times more likely to have a non-contact ACL injury and twice as likely to have a head to floor concussion than boys and men’ said Baz. ‘We’re attempting to shine a light on where the gender gaps are and try to address it’.

Jenny reminded listeners that deliverers included Kat Ratnapala, England Netball Futures head coach, Denise Ellis, former Team Bath and Wales head coach, international umpire James Thomas, Team Bath physio Courtney Lewis and Jane Lomax, a sports psychologist. In addition Baz Moffat, a former Team GB rower, and a prominent voice in the women’s health movement will lead a session following on from her keynote. Baz specialises in the pelvic floor and recently launched the #SayPeriod campaign, aiming to stop the use of euphemisms to describe periods.

Tickets for the event can be obtained via www.NSWtickets.Eventbrite.co.uk and cost as little as £30 for general admission and £15 for students (16-25 years) with financial support from many of the region’s county associations.

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