Optimising patient fertility webinar
Thursday, 4 September 2014 from 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm (AEST)
Most people want to have children, however about 10 per cent of couples have difficulty conceiving. People’s ability to make informed reproductive health decisions depends on understanding the factors influencing fertility, including age, weight, tobacco and alcohol use and timing of sex. Infertility could be reduced by over 50% through healthy lifestyle choices.
We invite health professionals to join Dr Magdalena Simonis and Associate Professor Kate Stern as they explore the crucial role general practitioners (GPs) play in educating patients about fertility. This webinar will discuss fertility issues and preconception planning, with a focus on practical scenarios and case studies. The webinar will include:
- Suggestions on how to opportunistically discuss fertility with female and male patients
- Assisting patients to develop a reproductive life plan
- Responding to patient concerns and life circumstances, such as being ‘socially infertile’
- Dealing with fertility issues and referrals to specialist care.
About the presenters
Dr Magdalena Simonis MB.BS FRACGP DipObst RANZCOG
Magdalena is a GP, an active fellow with the RACGP, a GP examiner and also teaches medical students at the University of Melbourne. She has interests in community health, disease prevention and women’s health and is engaged in GP-based research through VicRen.
In 2014 she was appointed the RACGP representative to Your Fertility. Magdalena is on the board of Women’s Health Victoria, Australian Greek Welfare Society and is immediate Past President of the Victorian Medical Women’s Society.
Fertility issues raised by her patients over the years have revealed that there is need for improved community education. This can be greatly improved by the GP, before they get to the IVF referral stage.
A/Prof Kate Stern MBBS FRANZCOG MMed CREI
Kate Stern is Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Melbourne, Royal Women’s Hospital. Kate is the Head of the Endocrine and Metabolic Service at the Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne and Head of Clinical Research at Melbourne IVF.
Kate is a fertility specialist, gynaecologist and reproductive endocrinologist. She established and coordinates the Fertility Preservation Service at MIVF and RWH.
While the clinical and scientific aspects of fertility preservation are Kate’s major research interests, she has also been engaged in program coordination and research into areas of weight-related infertility and recurrent miscarriage.
Your Fertility is a national public education program funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and the Victorian Government Department of Health. Your Fertility is brought to you by the Fertility Coalition: VARTA, Andrology Australia, Jean Hailes for Women’s Health and the Robinson Research Institute. VARTA is the lead agency.