The Female Athlete


A two-day course featuring Perth’s leading Sports Women & Health Professionals optimising the health & wellness of The Female Athlete

West Coast Health & High Performance invite you to join us at our 2021 Women in Sport Conference which will run over two days- February 27th and 28th. This conference features Perth’s leading Sports Women & Health Professionals from Sports Physicians, Physiotherapists, Dietitians, Sports Psychologists to Olympians and AFLW stars.

They will be offering their expertise and education in how to optimise the health & wellness of The Female Athlete. Our target audience for this workshop is Medical and Allied Health Professionals, Coaches & Management Staff, and of course, The Female Athlete.

There will be a panel discussion on the first day, giving you the opportunity to discuss and ask questions to the professionals. Both days will offer many networking opportunities throughout.

Perth’s leading Sports Women & Health Professionals from Sports Physicians, Physiotherapists, Dietitians, Sports Psychologists to Olympians and AFLW stars
Phoebe Freeman
Phoebe has worked with a wide range of athletes from both individual and team sports from local to national level
Marika Hart
Marika recently completed Post-Graduate Certification in Clinical Physiotherapy (Continence and Women’s Health). She helps men and women with pelvic health issues such as incontinence, pelvic pain, prolapse and overactive bladder and teaches pre and postnatal exercise classes. Marika is also an expert at linking rehab into the gym and functional rehab ideas.
Simone Allen
Simone Allen is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, an Advanced Sports Dietitian and was a Board Member of Sports Dietitians Australia for11 years. Simone works with several sporting groups including being the Sports Dietitian for West Coast Eagles, Wesley College LTAD program and WA Ballet. Simone is also lecturing in Exercise and Sports Nutrition at Curtin Uni.
Dr Rachel Harris
Dr Rachel Harris is a Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician. Well regarded for her extensive involvement across many elite sports, Dr Harris is most notably the Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Paralympic and Water Polo teams for the Tokyo Games
Juliet Mollica
Juliet enjoyed a very successful tennis career, with national representation and time overseas. Juliet has been a podiatrist for over 20 years and graduated from Latrobe University. In this time she was fortunate enough to work with elite sportsmen in the Premier League Football and English Rugby Union
Mindy Simpson
Mindy is a Performance Psychologist with substantial experience in performance enhancement with individuals, teams and sporting organisations. She has worked with athletes, coaches and referees from a variety of sports including AFL, cricket, tennis, hockey, basketball, triathlon, swimming, soccer, rugby, fencing, athletics and ice skating, as well as non-sporting performers such as doctors, pilots, business owners and stage performers.
Professor Sophia Nimphius
Sophia Nimphius is the Director of Human Performance at Edith Cowan University (ECU) and PhD Coordinator for the School of Medical and Health Sciences. She is also the High Performance Women’s Sport Science Coordinator for Softball Australia and Analyst/Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Junior Spirit (Australian Junior National Softball Team). She was previously Sports Science Manager for the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre, High Performance Manager for Softball Western Australia and has been involved in elite sport for over 20 years.
Josie Janz-Dawson
After two years at the AIS, Josie played professional netball for 10 years in both Australia and the UK before commencing her role at the Wirrapanda Foundation. Josie is a proud Australian indigenous woman and passionate about making inclusive environments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Sport.

Presenter Topics

How concussion differs between males & females

presented by Phoebe Freeman

What are normal menstrual cycles for female athletes

presented by Dr Rach Harris

Inclusive sporting environments for Aboriginals & Torres Strait Islanders

presented by Josie Janz Dawson

What you need to know about post-natal recovery in order to optimise performance

presented by Marika Hart

Sex and gender differences in motor learning and skill acquisition

presented by Prof. Sophia Nimphius

Building mental skills for performance & life

presented by Mindy Simpson

How to recognise the signs of RED-S in your female athletes

presented by Simone Allen

Hypermobility in female athletes

presented by Juliet Mollica

Managing sport, work & study

presented by Emma Swanson


8:30 Welcome to Country & House keeping

8:45        Josie Janz- Dawson       “Making inclusive environments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in sport”

10:00      Dr Rachel Harris             ” Female Performance & health initiative and menstrual cycle/hormonal contraception in athlete”

11:15      Standing yoga

11:30      Simone Allen                    “RED-S, Nutrition for performance”

12:15      Lunch & Networking

1:30        Mindy Simpson                “Building your mental skills for performance and life”

2:30        Juliet Mollica                    “Podiatry, feet & the Female Athlete”

3:30        Panel Discussion

4:30        Closing

5:00        Drinks & Networking

8:00       Registration & reception

8:30       Dr Jane Taylor                               “The Mature Age Athlete”

9:45       Dr Sophia Nimphius                      “Sex differences in skills acquisition and motor control”

10:45     Morning tea & standing yoga

11:15     Emma Swanson                            “Elite Athlete- equality in sport and combining sport, work & study”

12:15     Lunch & Networking

1:00       Marika Hart                                    “Returning to sport after pregnancy”

2:15       Phoebe Freeman                           “Concussion in female athlete and does the management differ from males?”

3:15       Closing & thank you


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