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Morning Masterclasses

Morning Masterclasses

RANZCOG Virtual ASM Morning Masterclasses will be held from 10.00am - 10.45am AEDT from Monday 15 - Thursday 18 February 2021 inclusive.  Delegates are invited to register their interest to attend Masterclasses of their choice as part of the registration portal journey. Details will be circulated to successful applicants on Monday 8 February which will include unique broadcast links and passwords. Stay tuned for more masterclass offerings being released over the coming weeks. 

Reducing the Trauma Experienced by Birthing Mothers, their Babies and the Medical Staff Involved when Delivering a Deeply Impacted Fetal Head – Sponsored by Safe Obstetric Systems

Date: Monday 15 February 2021
Time: 10.00 – 10.45 AEDT
Speakers: Peter Dawes, Company Director SOS AUS/NZ, Dr Rajiv Varma MB, FRCOG SOS Company CEO / Inventor of Fetal Pillow. Webinar Video - Dr Sarah C Lassey M.D. – Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Boston US, Dr Julian N. Robinson M.D. Chief of Obstetrics Brigham and Women’s Hospital and A/Prof James A. Greenberg M.D. Harvard Medical School.

Fetal Pillow® is intended to elevate a deeply impacted fetal head and facilitate delivery of the fetus in women requiring a Cesarean Section at full dilation or those requiring a Cesarean Section after a failed instrumental vaginal delivery. Find out about how the Fetal Pillow is used, hear about the Double Blinded RCT experience of use and results, and engage with Dr Rajiv Varma (inventor), with time for live Q&A.

For more information on Safe Obstetric Systems visit their

It’s Time for a Renaissance in Oral Contraception – Sponsored by Mayne Pharma

Date: Monday 15 February 2021
Time: 10.00 – 10.45am AEDT
Speakers: Prof Rod Baber, Profr Jean-Miche Foidart, Prof Susan Davis and A/Prof Deborah Bateson

Why does oral contraception need a renaissance? 
The evolution of estrogen – and what comes next? 
How is this going to impact on Australian Women’s choice for a COCP? 
When recommending a contraceptive for women in the 21st century, maintaining effective birth control whilst minimising harm to the patient is at the centre of this choice. In this symposium, we will hear from the expert who has developed a novel estrogen, estetrol (E4) and how this translates into a new class of COCP. The Australian experts will then follow with a summary of clinical data on this novel formulation and discuss the why, how and what we can expect for our patients from this renaissance.

For more information about Mayne Pharma visit their website

Volunteering or Working in Global Women’s Health: Insights from Experiences in the Pacific and Indonesia - A RANZCOG Global Health Masterclass

Date: Tuesday 16 February 2021
Time: 10.00 – 10.45am AEDT
Speakers: Dr Roy Watson, Dr Martin Sowter, Dr Sharron Bolitho and A/Prof Rosalie Grivell

Demand for O&G experience and training in resource-limited countries is increasing. Volunteering or working in O&G in low to middle-income countries builds local O&G workforce capacity and provides exposure to clinical learning opportunities not available or limited in Australia and New Zealand. In this Masterclass, College members will tell their stories of working in resource-limited settings in the Pacific and Indonesia, detailing the challenges, risks and benefits, as well as opportunities to get involved in global health.
Audience: Trainees, Fellows and other College members with an interest in global health 
Additional information: This Masterclass will include three presentations and a Q&A session

For more information visit the RANZCOG Global Health Webpage 

Every Doctor is a Rural Doctor – Sponsored by Rural Doctors Association of Australia

Date: Tuesday 16 February 2021
Time: 10.00 – 10.45am AEDT
Speakers:  Dr John Hall and Dr Nisha Khot
There are great opportunities to train and practice obstetrics and/or gynaecology rurally, but even for those doctors focusing on a career path of high-level subspecialty in a capital city, at some stage they will be providing care to a rural patient. This master class will talk about the clinical work that occurs in rural communities with and without obstetric services, the resources available, and the challenges rural women and families encounter when they cannot access care close to home. What is the value of a rural experience early in a doctor's training? What can they hope to learn? And who is going to teach them out there?

For more about the Rural Doctors Association of Australia visit their website

The RANZCOG Women’s Health Foundation Morning Masterclass

Date: Wednesday 17 February 2021
Time: 10.00 – 10.45 AEDT 

Changing lives - Join this insightful, inspirational, and motivating Morning Masterclass – Based on their first-hand experience, panelists will discuss issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and women in Papua New Guinea (Global Health); and how we can all support positive change. 

Can We Improve the Management of HDFN: A Novel Drug Trial – Sponsored by Momenta Pharmaceuticals Inc

Date: Wednesday 17 February 2021
Time: 10.00 – 10.45am AEDT
Speakers: Prof John Smoleniec and Dr Renee Eslick

This Masterclass will discuss an exciting international pharmaceutical observational and interventional study of a novel antibody-based therapy for pathogenic Immunoglobulin driven hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn (HDFN).  The study aims to address the question: Can we improve the management of severe HDFN with associated with morbidity and mortality?

Current management involves immunomodulation in order to allow safer fetal intrauterine blood transfusion. Momenta Pharmaceuticals Inc is trialing a selective monoclonal antibody (M281) to see if the use of fetal intrauterine blood transfusion can be reduced or even eliminated.

For more information about Momenta Pharmaceuticals Inc visit their website.

Nuances and Complexities of Patient Consent - Sponsored by Avant Mutual

Date: Thursday 18 February 2021
Time: 10.00 – 10.45am AEDT
Speakers: Ms Georgie Haysom

What is clear is that in 2021 patient expectations have changed as to what is acceptable when it comes to patient consent. Over the last several decades, there has been a move from a paternalistic approach, through to a disclosure of information approach towards a shared decision-making model. In this master class we will discuss what this means in the O&G environment and outline strategies to minimise your risks.

For more information please visit the Avant Mutual website.

Technology Changing the Face of Obstetric Ultrasound – Sponsored by Philips

Date: Thursday 18 February
Time: 10.00 – 10.45am AEDT

Philips and presenter Michael S. Ruma will show you how our latest features can assist in a quicker more accurate diagnosis, first time right.

Automated features and mobile solutions allow you to focus on the clinical diagnosis and your patient, wherever you are.  

Presenter: Michael S. Ruma, MD, MPH Maternal-Fetal Medicine Perinatal Associates of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM, USA

Q&A: Sonographers Kathryn Smith and Bronwyn Gray from Philips Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific

Philips offers a wide range of dedicated OB systems, explore our solutions designed for you  here
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