Workshops

 

Pre-Conference Workshops - Wednesday 13 November 2019

Workshops are optional extras and are not included in the conference registration fee. Some workshops have limited numbers and are on a first come, first served basis. Please check the timing of the workshops so that your choices don’t overlap.

Download pre-conference workshop program

Time: 0830-1130 (bus departs from the Pullman Melbourne Albert Park at 0730)

Cost: $140

Location: Offsite – Western Hospital Sunshine

Facilitator: Anna Ferrier

(This workshop is exclusively for members of the Continence Nurses Society of Australia only)

-    To assist participant’s understanding and assessment of the critical physiological landmarks within the pelvic floor that affect continence.
-    To further develop participant’s skill in performing pelvic floor physical assessment in a teaching and feedback mode using experienced Clinical Teaching Associates (CTAs) for the physical examinations.
-    To promote participant’s confidence to include pelvic exam as a component of a comprehensive continence assessment.
- Theoretical and practical pelvic floor assessment for both males and females will be offered.

Presenters:

Miss Anna Ferrier
Ms Joanne Dean
Ms Joanne Cocks

Time: 9.00am – 12.30pm

Cost: $75

Location: Pullman Melbourne Albert Park

Facilitator: Dr Janet Chase


Working with children with continence problems involves working with the complexity of a growing, developing individual and the family and carers involved in the child’s life. Despite the clinician’s best efforts, lack of improvement or inadequate improvement in symptoms is a situation encountered at times by most health professionals in this field, be they in primary, secondary or tertiary centres. Yet little is written in the appropriate literature to guide the clinician as to the next best steps.

This workshop will focus on neurologically-normal children who have nocturnal enuresis, day wetting, faecal incontinence/bowel dysfunction or all three, who have not responded to the usual interventions recommended by the International Children’s Continence Society (ICCS). 

Presenters:

Dr Janet Chase
Dr Susan Gibb
Dr Mark Nethercote
Debbie Rechtman

Time: 9.00am – 12.30pm

Cost: $75

Location: Pullman Melbourne Albert Park

Facilitator: Russ Chess-Williams


The workshop will be an interactive look at the basic anatomy and physiology of the lower urinary tract and particularly how the bladder works at a basic level (muscles, nerves, urothelium).  The mechanisms of bladder overactivity will then be covered (eg neurogenic, outlet obstruction, infection, etc).  The second half of the workshop will cover how current treatments work: all the 3's (M3-antagonists and beta3-agonists) and will take a look at what is on the horizon when it comes to new treatments in development for overactive bladder.  The workshop will end with a Q & A session.

Presenters:

Professor Russ Chess-williams
Dr Donna Sellers
Dr Betty Exintaris
Dr Kylie Mansfield

Time: 9.00am – 12.30pm

Cost: $75

Location: Pullman Melbourne Albert Park

Facilitators: Dr Jenny Kruger & Dr Anna Rosamilia


This workshop will explore the basic biomechanics of vaginal pressure profiles and how changes in pelvic anatomy (usually due to pelvic organ prolapse or urinary incontinence) are likely to impact on vaginal pressures.

We will give an up-to-date review of the instrumentation that has been developed to measure pressure to assess pelvic floor muscle function/dysfunction. It will look at the history of instrumentation development and the evolution of new technology, including mobile apps and how this might influence clinical diagnosis or treatment options.

Presenters:

Dr Jennifer Kruger
Dr Anna Rosamilia
Dr Patricia Neumann
Dr Margaret Sherburn

Time: 1.30pm – 5.00pm

Cost: $75

Location: Pullman Melbourne Albert Park

Facilitator: Ms Angela Khera


The aim of this workshop is to increase the awareness and understanding of IBD and to facilitate a wider recognition of the multidisciplinary approach to management in both active and quiescent phases of disease.  It will cover the following areas
- IBD pathophysiology and diagnosis
- the medical and surgical management of IBD
- the patient experience of IBD
- the role of conservative therapies in IBD management (dietary, psychological, nursing, physiotherapy) including case study presentation.

Presenter:

Ms Angela Khera

Time: 1.30pm – 5.00pm

Cost: $100

Location: Pullman Melbourne Albert Park

Facilitator: Dr Oliver Daly


This practical workshop will provide a theoretical and practical approach to learning pelvic anatomy, and provides an overview of pelvic structures and supports with clinical applications. Pairs of participants will then work together to build a pelvis using clay and other materials starting with the bony pelvis. Participants will identify bony landmarks of the pelvis and upper femur, the obstetric dimensions and clinical correlates. They will identify the attachments and build the ligamentous structures, muscle groups, pelvic organs and nerves that comprise the pelvis resulting in a complete pelvis enabling visualisation from an abdominal and perineal perspective.

Presenter:

Dr Oliver Daly

Time: 1.30pm – 5.00pm

Cost: $75

Location: Pullman Melbourne Albert Park

Facilitator: Dr Ian Tucker


Neuromodulation continues to progress and remain one of the most exciting developments in the management of many disorders. Neuromodulation involves the modulation of nerve function [peripheral and central] by many means.

• Medication and Botox.
• Electrical stimulation and magnetic stimulation.
• Stimulation at any point of the nerve pathway:
- skin dermatomes [tens]
- percutaneous tibial nerve
- S3 neuromodulation
• 3rd Sacral nerve mediates the control of the bladder/bowel from brain/spinal cord.

As such Neuromodulation has many applications including:
• Cardiac function
• Deep brain stimulation
• Upper and lower GI dysfunction
• Pain modulation
• Bladder and urethral dysfunction.

This workshop will attempt to improve the understanding and application of neuromodulation as it applies to lower urinary tract and bowel dysfunction. While considerable emphasis will be placed on Sacral neuromodulation, other forms of neuromodulation are included.

It is to be recognised that lower urinary tract and bowel dysfunction have a spectrum of causes ranging from idiopathic and familial to neurogenic causes all of which may often be profoundly affected by other co-morbidities and their treatments. For many disorders a team approach to management is not only beneficial but often essential.

This workshop intends to educate participants in neuromodulation and improve their understanding of the importance of the various forms of neuromodulation the role these forms may play in the management of patients with lower urogenital tract and bowel dysfunction.

Presenters:

Dr Ian Tucker
Dr Philip Hall
Dr Adele Burgess
Ms Fiona Rogers
Ms Ailsa Wilson-Edwards
Botox (Presenter TBA)

Time: 1.30pm – 5.00pm

Cost: $75

Location: Pullman Melbourne Albert Park

Facilitators: Dr Patricia Neumann, Dr Chris Barry


This workshop will address the role of pessaries and the current best-practice approach to pessary care for women with pelvic organ prolapse from the perspectives of experts in gynaecology, nursing and physiotherapy. The relevance of training and inter-professional collaboration will be explored. 
The second half of the workshop will involve the presentation of cases for discussion by the multidisciplinary panel of experts and with audience participation. 

Presenters:

Dr Patricia Neumann
Dr Christopher Barry
Ms Elizabeth Thomas
Dr Kurinji Kannan

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Post-Conference Workshops - Saturday 16 November 2019

This year, the Scientific Committee have introduced workshops to be held after the conference, tailored towards general practitioners together with our main target audience of nurses, physiotherapists, researchers, allied health and other health professionals.

Workshops are optional extras and are not included in the conference registration fee. Some workshops have limited numbers and are on a first come, first served basis.

RACGP Category 1 points for Saturday’s program have been applied for and are to be confirmed in the conference handbook.

Download Post-Conference workshop program

Time: 1.15pm – 3.15pm

Cost: $50 (for conference delegates) $75 (for workshop only)

Location: Pullman Melbourne Albert Park

Facilitators: TBC


Overactive Bladder Syndrome (OAB) affects 12-17% of the population and significantly impacts on an individual’s quality of life (Arnold, McLeod, Thani-Gasalam and Rashid, 2012). This interactive workshop will explore assessment (including history, examination, uroflow and urodynamic testing) and management (including first line treatment options and second line therapies requiring referral).

This workshop will draw on the participant’s own clinical experiences of identifying patients with OAB, the ‘cues’ that patients provide to indicate that they are suffering from a condition they are unwilling or uncomfortable talking about and the evidence-based approaches to diagnosis and management of the condition.

In this workshop, there will be small and large group discussions, case studies and the sharing of best-practice ideas to raise awareness of the difficulties in promoting patient confidence to confide as well as the clinical strategies required to assess and manage. Participants will leave with a more informed knowledge regarding OAB.

Presenter/s:

TBC

Time: 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Cost: $50 (for conference delegates) $75 (for workshop only)

Location: Pullman Melbourne Albert Park

Facilitators: TBC


The prevalence of Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) increases with age and it is estimated that around 50% of woman over the age of 50 will have some form of POP.  Vaginal childbirth and menopause are major risk factors and it is a condition that many women are hesitant to discuss with their primary health provider. This workshop will explore the diagnosis and management of POP in the primary care setting as well as the treatment of underlying conditions that may be revealed post prolapse reduction.

This workshop will include small and large group discussions and case studies to explore the different types of POP presentations, their causes and symptoms, clinical diagnosis, treatment options and ongoing management. The workshop will also explore the role of primary and secondary prevention strategies within the primary care setting.

Presenter/s:

TBC