Sunday 13 – Wednesday 16 October 2019 Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre | Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 October Pre-meeting Workshops

Breakfast Masterclasses

Start the day right with an informative and energising Breakfast Session.

From 6.45am on Monday 14 October through to Wednesday 16 October you will have a choice of sessions exploring important issues in O&G delivered by Industry Experts. Breakfast Sessions are included in both day and full ASM Registration, as is the delicious breakfast that will be served during the session. Spots are limited and ticketed and are filling fast so secure your seat today!.

Monday 14 October Masterclasses

Reproductive Carrier Screening (Sponsored By Sonic Genetic Melbourne Pathology)

Date:Monday 14 October
Time:6.45 am–7.45 am
Location:Eureka Room 1

This session will cover the variety of carrier screens available, the advantages and challenges of extended carrier screening and the practicalities of introducing this into standard reproductive care. To demonstrate this, this session will also discuss our experiences with offering expanded carrier screening in the Australian private setting.

Rethinking Cervical Cancer Prevention (Sponsored By The Victorian Cervical Screening Foundation)

Date:Monday 14 October
Time:6.45 am–7.45 am
Location:Eureka Room 3

O&G specialists will be familiar with many aspects of implementing the new National Guidelines (2016), which came in to effect on December 1st, 2017. This session provides expert and valuable insights in emerging areas relevant to specialist clinical practice for management of women participating in the renewed National Cervical Screening Program to ensure specialists are at the forefront of best practices and evidence-based research.

Preterm Birth – Prevalence, Prediction and Prevention

Date:Monday 14 October
Time:6.45 am–7.45 am
Location:Eureka Room 2

Preventing preterm birth remains an ongoing challenge in obstetrics. The impact of premature babies on the healthcare system is immense which largely derives from the short-term and long-term morbidities associated with prematurity. In this session we will look at local data regarding preterm birth and the latest evidence for identification of women at high risk.

We’ll present the evidence for prediction of preterm birth in the high risk group of women as well as the very latest evidence for prevention strategies including mastering the management of the short cervix.

Some of the controversial topics to be covered include who benefits from cervical length screening and when, when is progesterone indicated rather than cerclage and what is the indication for both, and what is the importance of vaginal flora in a high risk patient?

Includes a panel discussion at the end for you to bring your preterm birth questions to be answered by our experts.

Blended breakfast – Q&A on Ageing and Life After Work

Date:Monday 14 October
Time:6.45 am–7.45 am
Location:Eureka Room 3

Hosted by ex-RANZCOG President Rupert Sherwood, this Q&A session will explore the joys of ageing, the pitfalls of retiring too early or too late,  how to hide your hard-earned cash (and remember where) and medicolegal tips for putting those last few cases to bed.  Entry price is either a question for the panel, a pithy (short) anecdote or a pearl of retirement wisdom – all must be submitted when registering, because we know you won’t remember them when you get here.

Tuesday 15 October Masterclasses

Optimise the Clinical and Financial Benefits of Digital Mental Health Screening to Support your Practice and your Patients (Sponsored By Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE)

Date:Tuesday 15 October
Time:6.45 am–7.45 am
Location:Eureka Room 1

The Australian Guideline recommends universal, routine mental health screening for all pregnant women and new mothers. This presentation demonstrates the health and practice benefits of digital screening, including the access of MBS rebates. Two case studies are presented – the first in a typical metropolitan private practice, the second in a culturally diverse public maternity setting.

Who is Suitable for LARC (Sponsored By Bayer)

Date:Tuesday 15 October
Time:6.45 am–7.45 am
Location:Eureka Rooms 2

The purpose of this session is to discuss the various LARC options which may be suitable at different stages of the woman’s reproductive cycle and considering her individual needs.

This will be a case-based review and will look at the contraceptive needs and options for every decade of the woman’s life.

Supporting Early Career Researchers on their Publishing Journeys (sponsored by Wiley)

Date:Tuesday 15 October
Time:6.45 am–7.45 am
Location:Eureka Room 3

Join senior academics, journal editors and publishing professionals to learn about how to succeed in your publishing and academic career.

Get best practice tips on a range of topics and take advantage of this opportunity to ask questions and learn from experienced authors and editors.

Wednesday 16 October Masterclasses

What is ‘Social Prescribing’?

Date:Wednesday 16 October
Time:7.15 am–8.15 am
Location:Eureka Room 3

Social Prescribing is a means of enabling doctors to formally refer patients to a link worker who can help them design a tailored program to fit their specific health needs.

The program is based on the premise that individual health is largely determined by a wide range of social, economic and environmental features rather than compliance with medication. It has been often said that if exercise was a pill, we would all be consuming it three times a day. Social Prescribing takes the much-used, rarely-followed ‘lifestyle’ advice and turns it into a structured program made up of needs-based components addressing both physical & mental health. These include a variety of locally sourced initiatives like art, music, craft, cookery, gardening, walking, running along with a range of other activities that make up a holistic package.

Is there any evidence that this works?

A number of research studies have shown the benefits of social Prescribing. A mixed method analysis (BMC Health Serv Res Aug 2018) found improvements in wellbeing and reduction in anxiety.

The world’s largest study into the effects of running in pregnancy (BMJ Open Sport Exer Med April 2018) not only demonstrated the safety of recreational running in all trimesters but also showed lower likelihood of excessive maternal weight gain and improved mood.

It is time for obstetricians & gynaecologists to embrace this biopsychological & environmental model of health and START social Prescribing.