PVOGS Conference 2019

PVOGS pre-asm workshop 2019

PVOGS Pre-ASM Workshop: The Golden Speculum

12th October 2019




president, ranzcog

Dr. Vijay Roach

Dr. Vijay Roach is a specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with years of experience in both public and private practice in Sydney. He is the President of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG), and has previously held the role of Chair of the RANZCOG NSW Training and Accreditation Committee for nine years. Vijay is directly involved in medical education through lecturing at the University of Sydney.

Vijay is also involved in teaching and mentoring medical students at Royal North Shore Hospital, where his warm and genuine approach allows students to appreciate the human side of medical practice. Vijay was also Chairman of the Gidget Foundation Australia up to 2018, a role in which he passionately advocated for those affected by mental health disorders in pregnancy and early parenting. He works tirelessly to raise awareness of the importance of emotional well being, speaking on this topic to students, doctors, community groups and policy makers in Australia and overseas.



Speaker - Reproductive justice

A/Prof. Melissa Kang

Melissa Kang (MBBS MCH PhD) is a GP and academic. She works part time as a medical officer in western Sydney with homeless and marginalised young people. She is an associate professor at the University of Technology Sydney in the Discipline of Public Health. Melissa’s research has focused on young people’s sexuality and sexual health, and on access to health care for young people. She is currently the president of the Australian Association for Adolescent Health and also wrote for the Dolly Doctor column for 23 years before it closed in December 2016.



speaker - paediatric & Adolescent gynaecology

Dr. Rebecca Deans

Dr. Deans is a lecturer at UNSW where she is involved in ongoing medical research and training of medical students. She has completed a PhD in Asherman’s Syndrome from UNSW, she also has a Masters of Medicine (Reproductive Health Sciences & Human Genetics) from Sydney University. Dr Deans holds the Certificate of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She is gynaecologist, working at Genea, the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney Children’s Hospital and UNSW.

She is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists where she is constantly participating in continuous professional development courses and lectures as well as presenting at various conferences. Rebecca is the immediate past president of ANZSPAG and has a special interest in Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology, Infertility and Fertility Surgery.


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Speaker - advancements in fertility

Prof. William Ledger

Prof. Ledger is Head of Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales, Director of Reproductive Medicine and Senior Staff Specialist at the Royal Hospital for Women and Chair of the Research and Development Committee and a fertility specialist at IVFAustralia.

He is a member of the RANZCOG Research Committee and the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Fertility Society of Australia. Recently, he was a member of the NHMRC Working Party to review national guidelines on ethics and ART and Chair of the MBS Working Party on costs of ART.

His research interests focus on in-vitro fertilisation and assisted reproduction, impacts of reproductive ageing and disorders such as endometriosis, premature ovarian failure and polycystic ovary syndrome on fertility and quality of life, reproductive effects of cancer treatment and onco-fertility and health economic and demographic aspects of infertility.  


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Speaker - Seeing the world through the ultrasound lens

A/Prof. Erlidia Lamas-Clark

Dr Erlidia Llamas-Clark is an Associate Professor 5 and Attending Consultant at the University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital. She is an obstetrician-gynaecologist specialising in ultrasound. She works extensively in the Philippines, advocating for effective public health programs in marginalised communities, reproductive health issues, gender advocacy and women empowerment, and environmental health, including climate change- related disaster risk reduction, and equitable health services delivery. She was a UN Volunteer medical specialist in Kiribati, an academic/ clinical consultant in Fiji, with a Master in Public Health degree from the University of Adelaide and was a PhD scholar at the Australian National University in Epidemiology and Population health with her multidisciplinary research on the socio-cultural determinants and health impacts of climate change extreme weather events on food and nutrition security of women and children in the Philippines.



SPEAKER: Advancements in gynae-oncology

Dr. Rhonda Farrell

Rhonda is a certified gynaecological oncologist and is currently a staff specialist at Chris O'Brien Lifehouse in Sydney and a VMO at Prince of Wales Private Hospital. She is actively involved in a number of research activities locally and nationally. She is the immediate past Chairperson of the CGO Committee of RANZCOG and is a current member of several Commonwealth Government Committees involved in the planning and implementation of Gynaecological Oncology Services in Australia. Her interests include radical surgery for Ovarian Cancer, aetiology and prevention of endometrial cancer, and patient preferences for cancer management. She is a strong advocate for the patient-focused multidisciplinary model of cancer care.



Speaker - An Update On Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

Prof. Jason Abbott

Prof. Abbott is Professor of Gynaecological Surgery at the University of New South Wales. He is Senior Editor of the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynaecology an associate editor for ANZJOG and Human reproduction and has more than 125 publications including text-books, book chapters and large-scale RCTs in gynaecological surgery.  Jason has an active role in undergraduate, post-graduate and doctoral supervision and is the former Chairman of the Practice Committee of the AAGL charged with delivering evidence-based guidelines for surgical gynaecology. He has chaired the MBS review committee for benign gynaecology and helped shape the National Action Plan for Endometriosis launched by Minister Hunt in July 2018.   He is a Principle Investigator and Chair for the MRFF funded NECST network in endometriosis in Australia.



Conference Panellists

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panellist - psychiatrist

Prof. Bryanne Barnett

Bryanne is a psychiatrist with a lifelong interest in early intervention and prevention strategies to enhance the health and welfare of parents and children. She agrees with Sir Michael Marmot and colleagues who suggest that the best way to achieve this is by promoting the health of women.



panellist - rural O&G

Dr. Elizabeth Varughese

Dr. Varughese is an experienced O&G currently based in Tamworth.  She was granted membership of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists (UK) in 2008 and completed her Australian training to become a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2011.  She trained in advanced laparoscopic surgery under the tutelage of some of the finest surgeons in the field and brought this technique to Tamworth. She also has extensive experience in infertility and urogynaecology, maintains an active interest in academics and is a regular examiner for RANZCOG.



PANELLIST - GP & Sexual Health

Dr. Bronwyn Gock

Dr. Bronwyn Gock is a doctor with many interests, based in Sydney. She currently works as a CMO in a major Sydney Emergency Department, works part-time as a GP in metropolitan Sydney and works as a Forensic Medical Examiner for Sexual Assault.



panellist - radiation oncologist

Dr. Lucinda Morris

Dr. Lucinda Morris is a radiation oncologist based at the Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre, Sydney. She is an emerging young leader in oncology, currently Chairing the RANZCR Targeting Cancer Working and Advisory Group and is a past Chair of the RANZCR Radiation Oncology Trainee Committee. Dr Morris is a passionate advocate for cancer patients and has played a key role in all aspects of the Targeting Cancer campaign, an international platform to raise the awareness of radiation therapy as a highly effective, safe and cost-effective treatment for cancer (targetingcancer.com.au). She is actively engaged in clinical research and is currently a PhD candidate with a focus on geriatric oncology and medical education.



panellist - GP OBstetrician

Dr. Sarah Koffman

Dr Sarah Koffmann is a GP Obstetrician in Bathurst NSW.  Sarah works at Busby Medical Practice where she is a practice principal and also participates on the Bathurst Base Hospital Maternity roster as a GP Obstetric VMO. Sarah has 4 children and is attempting to restore a 1957 Ford Zephyr.



panellist - urban o&g

Dr. Lynn Townsend

Dr Lynn Townsend is an enthusiastic Obstetrician Gynaecologist.  She holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Sydney and was awarded the Royal North Shore Medal during her final year. Lynn also holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Physiology from the University of New South Wales and a Diploma of Diagnostic Ultrasound.

Lynn has a private obstetrics practice based at Bondi Junction where she individualises comprehensive care to women and their families. She is a lecturer within the Medical Faculty at UNSW and teaches medical students and junior medical officers.  She holds membership of a number of professional associations including ASUM, ISUOG and SOMANZ.

Lynn is also a partner of Ultrasound Care Australia, a tertiary level obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound practice. Her ultrasound interests include prenatal and genetic screening tests, placentae and ultrasound investigation of infertility.

Being a mother of three energetic daughters herself, Lynn has an understanding and genuine interest in all aspects of pregnancy and women’s health.



panellist - inspiring O&G’s

Dr. Marilyn Clarke

Dr. Clarke is a proud Worimi woman from Port Stephens area north of Newcastle. She has practised as an obstetrician & gynaecologist on the north coast of NSW since she gained her Fellowship in 2007. She enjoys all aspects of work as a Provincial Fellow and is currently working in

private practice as well as in the public hospital at Coffs Harbour and Grafton. She chairs the RANZCOG Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s health committee and is passionate about social equity issues including gender, Indigenous and rural regions.



panellist - inspiring O&Gs

Dr. Greg Jenkins

Dr Greg Jenkins is the Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Westmead Hospital, as well as a visiting medical officer across the Western Sydney Area Health Service. He is the current chair of the RANZCOG NSW Regional Committee, and also holds a position on the RANZCOG Council as a NSW Representative. Dr Jenkins has a tremendous passion for teaching; evidenced by his extensive involvement in the recruitment and training of pre-vocational doctors for the Obstetrics and Gynaecology training program across Western Sydney, in addition to the time he devotes to teaching medical students from the University of Notre Dame. Dr Jenkins also maintains an exciting private practice with a broad range of special interests, including high-risk obstetrics, complex gynaecology, infertility and endometriosis.



panellist - inspiring O&G’s

Dr. David Knox

Dr David Knox is a specialist obstetrician/gynaecologist and is the current director of Hamlin Fistula Australia, and a board member of the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation. As a nephew of Reg and Catherine Hamlin, he has had a longstanding interest in maternal health in Ethiopia since his elective term there as a student in 1973. He has made many visits to the fistula hospital since and in Amhara, Ethiopia - making visits from 1 to 2 months each year. Dr Knox’s career has spanned over 35 years, in which time he has led a thriving provincial practice out of Orange, whilst being heavily involved in the voluntary provision of world-class care to women from the Pacific Islands and Ethiopia.



panellist - inspiring O&G’s

Dr. Leila Usher

Dr Leila Usher is a proud Wonnarua woman from the Hunter Valley area inland of Newcastle. She is a 5th year Obstetric and Gynaecology Registrar at John Hunter Hospital. Her passion is in Indigenous women’s health and she recently started an Indigenous Women’s Obstetrics and Gynaecology clinic through the local Awabakal AMS, which she runs in conjunction with the Awabakal community. Her joy is in caring for women in the face of social inequity and shining the light on the issues regional women face. As a Senior Trainee, and current Education Fellow, she enjoys teaching junior staff and mentoring future trainees. When away from the hospital you will usually find her with her boys.