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The RCOG/RANZCOG host World Congress in Brisbane

News 9 April 2015

The RCOG and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) host a joint World Congress in Brisbane, Australia on 12th-15th April 2015.

More than 2,000 attendees from over 40 countries will attend the event, which is dedicated to improving women’s health around the world. The three-day programme will feature world-renowned speakers and five daily streams on a wide variety of topics, enabling attendees to participate according to their personal interests and clinical practice.

Themes will include reproductive health, fertility, the menopause, maternal and fetal medicine, labour and oncology, with a focus on the public health challenges facing women in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and other countries.

The keynote speakers are all acknowledged world experts in their field. They include Dr Alan Altman, a consultant gynaecologist based in Aspen, Colorado, who will discuss the use of menopausal hormone therapy; Professor Roberto Romero, Chief of the Perinatology Research branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)/National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Maryland, who will speak about the prevention of preterm birth; and Professor Diana W. Bianchi, M.D, Executive Director of the Mother Infant Research Institute at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, who will discuss non-invasive prenatal testing.

Looking ahead to the Congress, the RCOG President, Dr David Richmond, says: “It is a great pleasure to be working with RANZCOG this year, to deliver this joint event.

“We have lined up an impressive array of keynote speakers, who are all acknowledged world experts in their field. Some of the key topics to be discussed include stillbirth, preterm birth, helping vulnerable women and managing complex pregnancies, all of which are important and pressing issues within our specialty in both the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the surrounding regions.”

Professor Michael Permezel, RANZCOG President says: “The scientific programme promises to be remarkable for its currency and its depth and breadth of scientific content and intellectual challenge. One of the Congress highlights will be the hosting of a Q&A panel by award-winning Australian journalist, Tony Jones. A range of global issue relevant to our specialty will be discussed, such as model of care, genetic screening, contraception, sexual health and the medical workforce.”


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The RCOG World Congress 2015, a joint RCOG/RANZCOG event, will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia from 12th-15th April 2015.