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

Pre-Meeting Workshops

The following Pre-Meeting Workshops are scheduled for Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October 2019.

Please note that workshop numbers are limited, so early registration is encouraged. Each workshop is subject to sufficient
attendance and may be cancelled if minimum numbers are not reached; in this event, fees paid will be fully refunded.

Diplomates Days

Dates:Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 October
Venue:Meeting Room 106, MCEC
Cost:$570 daily*
Includes:Morning and afternoon tea and lunch on the day of attendance. One ticket to the Diplomates Cocktail Function on Saturday 12 October 2019 at 5.15pm
Participants:Limited to 75

The Diplomates Day program has been prepared by the RANZCOG GP Obstetric Advisory Committee and each day is tailored to meet the needs of RANZCOG Diplomates. As the program is limited to 75 participants, preference will be given to RANZCOG Diplomates, with a waiting list to apply for other registrants.

Day One:

  • Maternal medicine in practice – from pre-pregnancy to post-partum
  • Obstetric ultrasound essentials for the RANZCOG Diplomate
  • Neonatal complications – getting off to a good start
  • We’re all human – Human factors and systems thinking
  • Lactation – not all it’s cracked up to be
  • Haemorrhage on the labour ward – how to stop the flow

Day Two:

  • Adolescent gynaecology – the wonder years
  • PCOS – new guidance
  • Menopause – taking the heat out of management
  • Pelvic Pain – reducing the pain for patients and doctors
  • A GP’s Guide to Vulval Disease – relieving the itch
  • Transgender Health – caring for the individual

Saturday 12 October

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in Clinical Practice Training

Date:Saturday 12 October
Venue:Meeting Room 104, MCEC
Includes:Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea

Funded by the Australian Government – Department of Health, this workshop will equip participants with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander holistic health and cultural safety into everyday clinical practice.

Learning Outcomes include:

  • Understand Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ connection to place and kin and apply knowledge to improve rapport, engagement and communication in clinical practice.
  • Reflect on and moderate personal attitudes regarding the potential for racism and unconscious biases.
  • Strengthen culturally safe practices relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to achieve better health outcomes.
  • Understand and apply Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander worldviews and approaches to health and wellbeing in clinical practice.
  • Implement strategies to overcome access barriers at an institutional and organisational level.
  • Implement strategies to overcome access barriers at a practice and clinical level.
  • Utilise techniques to improve rapport building, engagement and communication in clinical consultations.
  • Integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander holistic health and cultural safety into everyday clinical practice.

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Dysplasia and Gynaecology
Oncology Workshop

Date:Saturday 12 October
Facilitators:Kym Reid
Venue:Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (Meeting Room 105)
Cost:$570 daily*
Includes:Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea

A one-day course targeted at Fellows, Trainees and General Practitioners. The aim of this workshop is to provide an update on the management of gynaecological malignancies, vulval disorders and cervical dysplasia. There will also be an overview on the interpretation of gynaecologic histology and post-operative management of the complex surgical patient.

Presentations are designed to be a summary of contemporary management using case studies as examples of complex or common scenarios, with discussion encouraged.

Training Supervisor Workshop

Date:Saturday 12 October
Facilitators:Alana Gilbee
Venue:RANZCOG College House
Includes:Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea

This workshop is suitable for all Advanced trainees and Fellows. Whilst the focus of the workshop is the FRANZCOG program, supervisors of other programs such as SIMGs are welcome to attend.

The workshop explores the integral role of the training supervisor. It delves into the issues encountered by training supervisors as they balance a wide range of workplace demands, College requirements and trainee learning needs. The format of the day is interactive and draws upon the collective experience of participants and experienced workshop facilitators.

Key content includes:

  • Roles and responsibilities of FRANZCOG training supervisors.
  • Overview and updates of the FRANZCOG training program.
  • Managing the underperforming trainee and giving feedback.
  • Supporting the health and wellbeing of trainees.

The Prevocational O&G Society Presents: The Golden Speculum

Date:Saturday 12 October
Facilitators:Hannah Gordon
Venue:University of Melbourne, Medical Building
Cost:Full day $120; Academic morning $70 (tickets can be purchased from
Includes:Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea
Participants:120 (morning); 49 (afternoon)

This workshop is for prevocational doctors with an interest in O&G. Join us for a stimulating morning of inspiring talks themed on the management of obstetric and gynaecological emergencies.

Team up with like-minded O&G enthusiasts to work through a series of challenges and claim the Golden Speculum*!

The Golden Speculum competition will feature teamwork, knowledge and skills-based challenges, with time for feedback.

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*Not actually a speculum. Prizes up for grabs!

Sunday 13 October

Laparoscopy Skills Workshop

Date:Sunday 13 October (Half day)
Time:8.30–12.00 (morning) and 13.00–16.30 (afternoon)
Facilitators:Claire Myers and Althea Askern
Venue:Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (Meeting Room 105)
Includes:Morning or afternoon tea
Participants:20 (morning), 20 (afternoon)

The Laparoscopy Skills Workshop will offer an introduction to laparoscopy for the novice, and will allow experienced operators to fine tune their techniques. The workshop will run over two sessions.

The first is for prevocational and junior trainees who are beginning their laparoscopic training, with information covered including basic laparoscopy equipment, theory and techniques, hand-eye coordination and skills exercises, and outlining an approach to simple laparoscopic procedures.

The second session is aimed at experienced trainees and general gynaecologists who are looking to upskill and improve their confidence with higher level techniques such as laparoscopic suturing and approaching laparoscopic hysterectomy.

Media Training Workshop

Date:Sunday 13 October
Facilitators:Tash Katu and Lourdes Zamanillo
Venue:RANZCOG College House (Council Room)
Includes:Morning tea, lunch

How many times have you had a patient misdiagnose herself because she 'read it on Google’? Journalists are not health professionals, however, you are. By putting yourself out there as an expert, engaging with the media not only increases your visibility as a service-provider, it also ensures accuracy in health reporting and could potentially open up spaces for you to share your own research (or whatever world-changing initiatives live in your head) and increase the positive impact you have on women’s health.

This workshop will teach you more about the media landscape, including what do journalists want, how to avoid jargon, and how to frame topics so that they are newsworthy. It will also provide you with tools to plan and prepare for an interview – be it on a clinical or a controversial topic. Finally, it will introduce you to the world of social media, help you understand you why it is an important space to build your network, and teach you the best practices to increase your reach; ensuring you are part of the important conversations with the right people.

This workshop is suitable for all RANZCOG Fellows and Diplomates that wish to explore the possibility of having a public profile in which to advocate for women’s health. If you’d like to influence health perceptions and health reporting, this is a workshop for you.

Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injury Workshop: Hands-on Prevention, Assessment, Repair and Management (Half day)

Date:Sunday 13 October
Time:8.30–12.30 (morning) and 13.30–17.30 (afternoon)
Facilitators:Oliver Daly, Ranee Thakar and Abdul Sultan
Venue:The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Includes:Morning or afternoon tea
Participants:32 (morning), 32 (afternoon)

This hands-on workshop will run twice and is targeted at all Obstetricians and Gynaecologists including trainees and consultants. It is also relevant to Midwives and Surgeons. Attendees will become familiar with the new classification of OASIS and develop clinical skills in the techniques of accurate diagnosis of anal sphincter injury. Using the anal sphincter model, techniques in repair of the internal and external sphincter will be taught hands-on. Prevention and management of subsequent pregnancy will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives include:

  • Learn tips and tricks to identify obstetric anal sphincter injuries (OASIS)
  • Learn how to repair primary obstetric anal sphincter injuries (OASIS)
  • Learn the technique and interpretation of endoanal ultrasound and manage subsequent pregnancies

SOMANZ Annual Scientific Meeting 2019

Date:Friday 11 – Sunday 13 October
Facilitators:A/Prof Joanne Said and Dr Stefan Kane
Venue:Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
Cost:$340 to $980

The annual scientific meeting of the Society of Obstetric Medicine of Australia and New Zealand will be held at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. Professor Laura Magee, obstetric medicine physician and president of the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy is the international keynote speaker. The program will feature an amazing array of talented speakers addressing topics including perinatal infections, hypertensive disorders in pregnancy and maternal mortality. The ASM dinner will be held at the Sofitel in one of Melbourne's most elegant restaurants which features breathtaking views across Melbourne. Early bird registrations close on Friday 9 August 2019 and Abstracts close on Friday 12 July 2019.

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Ultrasound Workshop

Date:Sunday 13 October
Facilitators:Janet Vaughan
Venue:RANZCOG College House
Includes:Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea

This full-day practical workshop focuses on basic ultrasound knowledge and skills. This workshop fulfils the requirement for post-December 2016 FRANZCOG trainees to undertake an approved ultrasound workshop in the first two years of training.

The workshop consists of five hours of live scanning tuition and 2.5 hours of targeted lectures. The five hours of practical hands-on scanning includes training in transabdominal and transvaginal imaging using a combination of pregnant women and pelvic phantoms. Five workstations are organised to enable interactive small group teaching. Each workstation has a pregnant subject, an experienced tutor and a Sonosite ultrasound machine.

Urogynaecology Society of Australasia (UGSA) Workshop

Date:Sunday 13 October
Facilitators:Abdul Sultan, Jenny King and Marcus Carey
Venue:The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Cost:Member $250; Non Member $280
Includes:Morning tea

Much has changed recently for gynaecologists caring for women with pelvic floor dysfunction. The demand for this care remains huge while the expectations, pressures and regulations affecting clinicians have greatly increased. So how do we meet the challenge of ensuring high standard care for all women in all areas?

This workshop looks at what we need to know in urogynaecology to provide our patients with optimal care. What is the evidence for the latest treatments? What other options are there? How do we make best use of conservative management? Who needs subspecialty assessment? We also focus on treatment of urinary incontinence for women in rural and regional areas.

We have presentations from experienced urogynaecologists including the renowned Dr Abdul Sultan from the UK who will address some complex issues in pelvic floor medicine.

*Workshop fees are set by RANZCOG at a standard rate to ensure all expenses incurred while running the workshop are covered. RANZCOG members do not receive payment for facilitating workshops or speaking at the ASM.