While women are fighting for equality in the workplace and are taking on executive positions in the corporate world, there is a downside to their professional success and it comes in the form of serious health problems, once typically associated with men.
Macquarie University’s Faculty of Business and Economics and iConneXX Pty Ltd are bringing together a blend of business, law, risk management, psychology and health experts at the inaugural ‘The Body & Mind Corporate’, a strategic workshop to explore the serious psychological and physical health conditions that have started to surface in executive women.
Experts such as general practitioner Dr Carole Hungerford, author of Good Health in the 21st Century and Nicola Gates, a registered Clinical Neuropsychologist, who has trained in executive coaching and cognitive behaviour training for anxiety and depression, will discuss strategies to address women’s health issues at ‘The Body & Mind Corporate’.
Dr Annette Davison, Director of iConneXX and organiser of the event said, “There is so much pressure now for women to take on these high power roles and still have a strong presence in the family home that it is no wonder that our health is struggling.”
“We’re seeing more cardiac illness and psychological problems associated with busy lifestyles as well as fertility issues associated with stress and the fact that professional women are leaving children until later, but there is not enough knowledge out there about how work places can identify the risks and then do something about them!”
Addressing the health and wellbeing issues associated with executive roles and providing options for workplaces to make the necessary changes is an essential part of growing and maintaining a healthy community and creating successful businesses.