6 Mar 2024

Registration, Welcome Drinks, Welcome to Country

5:00pm Registration Open & Collection of WISC Merchandise

6:00pm WISC Welcome & Networking Function
Sponsored by Perth Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Centre
6:30pm Welcome to Country & Cultural Experience
7:00pm Invited Guest Speaker Jess Skinner | NRL Pathways Strategy Manager & Women’s Rugby League Coach
7:30pm-9:00pm Networking

7 Mar 2024

WISC Research Themes

7:00am Breakfast in Store – Bared
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7:00am-7:45am Registration

8:00am-9:30am Theme: Leadership
Chairs: Naomi McCarthy & A/Prof Clare Minahan
University: Griffith University
Invited Speaker: Kerry Turner | Manager Participation & Partnerships NSW Office of Sport Lead for “Her Sport Her Way” Strategy

9:30am-10:00am Morning Tea

10:00am-1:00pm Theme: Unique Physiology
Chairs: A/Prof Severine Lamon & Dr Amelia Carr
University: Deakin University
Invited Speaker: Dr Xanne Janse De Jonge | Exercise Physiologist

1:00pm-2:00pm Lunch & Socialising

2:00pm-5:00pm Theme: Nutrition & Recovery
Chairs: Prof Louise Burke & Dr Andy King
University: Australian Catholic University
Invited Speaker: Prof Shona Halson with Prof Louise Burke

8 Mar 2024

WISC Research Themes & WISC Gala Dinner

7:00am-7:45am Registration

8:00am-9:30am Theme: Performance
Chairs: Naomi McCarthy & A/Prof Clare Minahan
University: Griffith University
Invited Speaker: TBA

9:30am-10am Morning Tea

10:00am-1:00pm Theme: Interdisciplinary approach to female athletes
Chairs: Dr Kotryna Fraser & Dr Shane Ball
University: The University of Sydney
Invited Speaker: Dr Sophia Nimphius

1:00pm-2:00pm Lunch & Socialising

2:00pm-5:00pm Theme: Translational Research
Chairs: A/Prof Julie Cooke & A/Prof Naroa Etxebarria
University: University of Canberra
Invited Speaker: Kirsty Elliott-Sale | Professor of Female Endocrinology and Exercise Physiology, Manchester Metropolitan University

6:30pm-11:00pm WISC Gala Dinner & Awards Night
Sponsored by Suncorp
MC: TBA
Keynote Speaker TBA
Free Paper Major Prize Award
Free Paper Theme Awards
Music & Socialising

9 Mar 2024

WISC Research Themes

7:30am–8:00am Theme: Coaching
Registration & Breakfast Debate

8:00am–10:00am Female Athlete Education
Case Study Presentation
Coach & Athlete Panel

10:00am-10:30am Morning Tea

10:30am-12:30pm Case Study Presentation
Translation Presentation
Coach & Athlete Panel

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WISC2024 PROGRAM OF EVENTS

Registration, Welcome Drinks, Welcome to Country


From 5:00pm

Registration Open & Collection of WISC Merchandise

6:00pm

WISC Welcome & Networking Function – Sponsored by Perth Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Centre

6:30pm

Welcome to Country & Cultural Experience

7:30pm to 9:00pm

Networking

WISC Research Themes


7:00am
7:45am – 8:30am

Registration

8:30am – 10:00am

Theme: Leadership

Chairs: Naomi McCarthy & A/Prof Clare Minahan
University: Griffith University
Invited Speaker: Kerry Turner | Manager Participation & Partnerships NSW Office of Sport Lead for “Her Sport Her Way” Strategy

10:00am – 10:30am

Morning Tea

10:30am – 12:20pm

Theme: Unique Physiology

Chairs: A/Prof Severine Lamon & Dr Amelia Carr
University: Deakin University
Invited Speaker: Dr Xanne Janse De Jonge | Senior Lecturer in Exercise Science – Women in Sport, Griffith University

Free Paper Presentations
EFFECTS OF ACUTE HEAT MITIGATION STRATEGIES AND MENSTRUAL CYCLE ON THERMAL STRAIN AND EXERCISE PERFORMANCE
Speaker: Lilia Convit

DO FLUCTUATIONS IN ENDOGENOUS SEX HORMONES AFFECT MECHANICAL STIFFNESS IN FEMALE ATHLETES?
Speaker: Michaela McGrath

INVESTIGATING SEX-BASED DIFFERENCES IN PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL RECOVERY AFTER ANTERIOR CRUCIATE LIGAMENT RECONSTRUCTION
Speaker: Jay Ebert

INFLUENCE OF MENSTRUAL CYCLE STATUS AND TRAINING ON IRON STATUS AND REGULATION IN FEMALE ATHLETES
Speaker: Alannah Mckay

12:30pm – 12:50pm

ASC Welcome

Keynote Address: Inspiring inclusion through Women in Sport

Hon Anika Wells MP

Minister for Aged Care
Minister for Sport

12:50am – 1:40pm

Theme: Unique Physiology

Chairs: A/Prof Severine Lamon & Dr Amelia Carr
University: Deakin University

Flash Presentations

1:40pm – 2:30pm

Lunch and Socialising

2:30pm – 5:30pm

Theme: Nutrition & Recovery

Chairs: Prof Louise Burke & Dr Andy King
University: Australian Catholic University
Invited Speaker: Prof Shona Halson with Prof Louise Burke

Free Paper Presentations
MENSTRUAL CYCLE PHASE EFFECTS ON HYDRATION, THIRST AND SWEAT LOSS DURING EXERCISE IN THE HEAT
Speaker: Rhiannon Snipe

INFLUENCE OF MENSTRUAL CYCLE PHASE ON SLEEP AND RECOVERY FOLLWING LOW- AND HIGH-INTENSITY TRAINING IN ENDURANCE-TRAINED WOMEN
Speaker: Madison Taylor

IMPACT OF ALTITUDE EXPOSURE AND ENERGY AVAILABILITY ON RESTING METABOLIC RATE IN FEMALE ATHLETES
Speaker: Megan Kuikman

INVESTIGATING THE PREVALENCE OF LOW ENERGY AVAILABILITY, DISORDERED EATING, AND EATING DISORDERS IN FEMALE TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES IN THE UNITED STATES
Speaker: Melissa Lodge

RECOVERING FROM RED-S – BARRIERS AND FACILITATORS OF IMPROVING ENERGY AVAILABILITY AMONGST FEMALES DIAGNOSED WITH RED-S.
Speaker: Penny Matkin-Hussey

WISC Research Themes & WISC Gala Dinner


8:00am – 9:00am

Registration

9:00am – 10:30am

Theme: Performance

Chairs: Naomi McCarthy & A/Prof Clare Minahan
University: Griffith University
Invited Speaker: TBA

Free Paper Presentations
HORMONAL CONTRACEPTIVE USE AND SELF-REPORTED MENSTRUAL CYCLE-RELATED SYMPTOM FREQUENCY AND SEVERITY IN NORWEGIAN TEAM HANDBALL PLAYERS OF DIFFERENT COMPETITION LEVELS
Speaker: John Osborne

SEX DIFFERENCES IN PERFORMANCE IN UPPER AND LOWER BODY DOMINANT SPORTS
Speaker: Annabelle McLaren

THE INFLUENCE OF TEMPOROSPATIAL PARAMETERS ON SPRINT-PADDLE PERFORMANCE IN ELITE FEMALE AUSTRALIAN SURFERS
Speaker: Sienna Gosney

10:30am – 10:50am

Morning Tea

10:50am – 1:50pm

Theme: Interdisciplinary approach to female athletes

Chairs: Dr Kotryna Fraser & Dr Shane Ball
University: The University of Sydney
Invited Speaker: Dr Sophia Nimphius

Free Paper Presentations
DEVELOPING AN INTERDISCIPLINARY TRAUMA-INFORMED APPROACH FOR ELITE SPORT THAT IS RESPONSIVE TO THE NEEDS OF THE FEMALE ELITE ATHLETE
Speaker: Lisa Olive

POSTPARTUM RETURN TO BALLET – SIX STEPS FROM PREGNANCY TO POINTE
Speaker: Bonnie McRae & Zara Gomes

ENABLING PERFORMANCE PATHWAYS IN SPORT FOR FIRST NATIONS WOMEN USING SPORTS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Speaker: Georgia Brown

UNDERSTANDINGS OF GENDER AMONGST STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHES WORKING WITH SPORTSWOMEN
Speaker: Dr Millie Kennelly

Paddle-2-Podium: A four-phase strategy to support Olympic success
Speaker: Joanna Parsonage

1:50pm – 2:35pm

Lunch and Socialising

2:35pm – 5:30pm

Theme: Translational Research

Chairs: A/Prof Julie Cooke & A/Prof Naroa Etxebarria
University: University of Canberra
Invited Speaker: Kirsty Elliott-Sale | Professor of Female Endocrinology and Exercise Physiology, Manchester Metropolitan University

Free Paper Presentations
WOMEN’S EXPERIENCES AND PREFERENCES FOR PELVIC FLOOR SCREENING IN SPORTS: A MIXED METHODS STUDY
Speaker: Jodie Dakic

LESSONS IN PRACTICAL IMPLEMENTATION: NETBALLSMART A NATIONAL INJURY PREVENTION PROGRAMME
Speaker: Suzie Belcher

From awareness to action: Evaluating the impact of a coach educational intervention on Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport
Speaker: Jennifer Hamer

Win at all costs – Concussion and symptom disclosure in the National Rugby League Women’s Competition
Speaker: Shreya McLeod

The Menstrual Cycle and Female Athlete Health: A study of amateur netball players in New Zealand
Speaker: Kylie Cox & Sharon Kearney

7:00pm – 11:30pm

WISC Gala Dinner & Awards Night
Sponsored by Suncorp
MC: Dixie Marshall
Keynote Speaker: Tracey Holmes | International journalist and broadcaster
Free Paper Major Prize Award
Free Paper Theme Awards
Music & Socialising

WISC Research Themes


7:30am – 7:45am

Registration

7:45am – 9:00am

Theme: Coaching Female Athletes

The Great Debate

A group of sport industry experts and coaches will debate the dilemma coaches often face around prioritising actors to drive optimal performance. The debate will occur over breakfast and involve audience engagement and voting.

Topic

In the pursuit of excellence, sports coaches often face a dilemma: Should they prioritise data-driven performance optimisation or focus on fostering well-being and emotional intelligence? As a coach, which approach do you believe holds the key to true success. Let’s hear from coaches, practitioners, and academics that think they have the answer.

Debate Teams

Social/Cultural   

  1. Sara Guevara – PhD Candidate/APA Titled Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist
  2. Ellen Randell – Women’s National Training Centre Senior Coach, Rowing Australia
  3. Alan McConnell – AIS HP Coach Development Lead NSWIS | HP Coach, Coach Development, Consultant

Science     

  1. Belinda Cox – National Trampoline Coach, Coach at Tokyo Olympics
  2. Jen Cooke – AIS Physical Therapies Lead
  3. David Joyce – High Performance Consultant | HP Sport Scientist | WiHPC Project Leader
9:00am – 9:20am

Presentation

Helen Brown will share insights and recommendations for researchers to support the practical translation of their knowledge for coaches.

9:20am – 9:40am

Morning Tea

9:40am – 10:15pm

Panel Discussion: Postpartum return to coaching

New research has initiated the investigation into the postpartum return to training for female athletes, yet the same has not yet been undertaken for female coaches. Dr Rachel Harris, the FPHI Project Lead will drive a discussion with a panel of athletes, coaches, and coach development personnel to unpack some key challenges and potential areas for exploration.

Panel members

  • Lauren Soderberg – AWE Manager, Squash Australia | HP Coach and Coach Development
  • Tracey Menzies-Stegbauer – Technical Lead, Swimming Australia
  • Pip Taylor – High Performance Strategy | Director | Advocacy and Leadership – Sport | Health and Wellbeing | Dietitian | WiHPC Project Team
10:15am – 11:40am

Case Studies

Clare Minahan will lead this session which will involve a series of case studies that highlight the critical learnings and strategies to support coaches working with female athletes who are aiming for success in the Daily Performance Environment.

Case study presenters

Nicola Bullock Athlete pregnancy and postpartum return to sport
Helene Wilson & Jody Cameron HP Sport New Zealand Leading and development women in High Performance Sport NZ
Kay Robinson AWE Football Australia Umpires Wellbeing Support in Refereeing (Women Umpires)
Kate Mahony  
Nikki Jeacocke Senior Sports Dietitian at Australian Institute of Sport The Collective responsibility in prevention and early identification of Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders.
Brad / Simon Rugby League Australia Jillaroos
Kate Perry AIS Elevate Coaching
11:45am – 12:15pm

Women in High Performance Coaching – Fixing the Leaky Pipeline Action Plan

The underrepresentation of women in High Performance coaching roles in Australia is a critical issue, with less than 10% of the top 36 funded High Performance sports led by women head coaches.

The AIS Women in High Performance Coaching Project (WiHPC) was established to address this situation and drive immediate action to create a more diverse and successful coaching ecosystem by 2032, a fundamental component of Australia’s High Performance 2032+ Sport Strategy.

In November 2023, the WiHPC Fixing the leaky pipeline Action Plan was released. This short interactive session led by Michelle De Highden will share project insights and themes and invite you into becoming engaged with the project to build collective momentum.

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