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Employers encouraged to support women’s health needs at work

Women’s health matters, how they affect employees, and what employers can do to support women to flourish at work were the subject of the landmark “Women’s Health at Work” event at The g Hotel in Galway on 9 November.

The annual wellbeing event was hosted by Hennelly Finance and our event partners at the Galway Chamber of Commerce and Irish Life Health.

It brought together women’s health expert and educator Dr Máire Finn of Centric Health, and employment law specialist and partner at RDJ Galway Antoinette Vahey, to discuss the health challenges women face during their working lives, and how employers can respond.

Ruth Hennelly, Director of Hennelly Finance and an employee benefits specialist said women’s health in the workplace has increasingly become a topic of national significance, particularly since the launch of the Menopause in the Workplace Policy Framework For Civil Service Organisations in October.

“Statistics show only 4 in 10 working women feel comfortable highlighting female health-related issues with their employer or manager,” Ruth said.

“As employers, we need to work on creating a workplace environment that is both safe and inclusive, where women feel empowered to talk about their challenges and receive the support they need to unlock their full potential.

“Simple and effective strategies can make a big difference to having happier and healthier employees at work, and can position a company as an employer of choice, which is critical at a time when talent attraction and retention are key issues for employers in Ireland.”

Dr Máire Finn spoke about the unique set of female health circumstances women experience throughout their working lives, and how better supports and earlier intervention can help reduce the impact health issues can have on time off work.

Ms Vahey said while there is no specific legislation for women’s health needs at work, employers can benefit from collaborating with employees to develop strategies that support women’s health needs, such as providing access to an employee assistance program.

Sarah Conlan from Irish Life Health also spoke at the event to share details of Irish Life Health’s Female Health Consultation benefit, the first-of-its-kind in Ireland to provide members access to consultations with GPs who are experts in female health.

More than 60 guests including local employers and HR professionals attended the event and enjoyed a light breakfast and networking, alongside the opportunity to meet the speaker experts and ask questions.

For more information about Irish Life Health’s Female Health Consultation, or to discuss your workplace wellness needs, get in touch with our health specialists on (091) 670 123 now.


The event was opened by Mr Kenny Deery, CEO of the Galway Chamber of Commerce


The insightful conversation about women’s health at work was facilitated by Ruth Hennelly (far left) and hosted at The g Hotel in Galway.

L-R: Sarah Conlan (Irish Life Health), Ruth Hennelly (Hennelly Finance), Dr Maire Finn (Centric Health) and Antoinette Vahey (RDJ).

L-R: Sinead Glennon (Transcribe), Karissa Higgins (Writeme) and Mary Finn (Connect4Work).

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