Topics and themes
- Delayed umbilical cord clamping for term babies.
Is it just a fad or is there strong scientific evidence underpinning this?
Prof Peter Davis (Uni of Melb) is a world-renowned clinical trialist. One of the biggest names in neonatal academic research, he will update us on this important topic.
- Dealing with the super nasty complications after a caesar
Sometimes, women get sick after a caesar. Really crook.
This talk will deal with the really nasty stuff. When do we open the wound if there’s a collection? When do we close a wound breakdown? When do we bravely go in to drain a sheath haematoma?
The brilliant Prof Craig Pennell (Uni of Newcastle) will tell us what to do when these confronting complications surface.
- What do all these other weird NIPT findings mean?
Dr Kirsten Palmer (Monash Uni) will take us through all the results that can appear on the NIPT except the trisomies. How accurate is NIPT in picking them, what do they mean and what are the long-term outcomes?
These are only examples. We have a raft of other great clinical talks at GOU 2021.
- PLUS - TWO sessions of journal club
Journal club on the run has proved thumpingly popular.
So we have asked our JCOTR team (Drs Roxanne Hastie and Anthea Lindquist, Mercy Perinatal, plus Sue and Stephen) to present the top papers published this year.
We already have some rippers to chat about. Tranexamic acid for all caesars. A new meta-analysis on progesterone to prevent preterm birth (see JCOTR emails…). And we are sure others will emerge in coming months.
Prof Paul Johnson will get us up to speed on everything COVID-19 related, Prof Sue Walker will give us an update on COVID-19 in Pregnancy and A/Prof Lisa Hui will tell us about some fascinating birth trends that have emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are also delighted to announce the amazing Prof Sharon Lewin (Head, Doherty Institute) and Prof Brett Sutton (Victoria's Chief Medical Officer) will give their expert views on the Victorian COVID-19 response.
We all agree steroids can be a lifesaver for preterm babies. But are we causing harm by doling them out like smarties? We may well be.
The wonderful Prof Matt Kemp (National University of Singapore) will tell us how steroids work. He is one of the worlds scientific experts on the topic.
A/Prof Joshua Vogel (Burnet Institute) will present a landmark trial on the administration of steroids in low and middle income countries. He was one of the chief investigators in this important trial.
Dr Anthea Lindquist (Mercy Perinatal) will sum up the recent literature examining childhood outcomes after a dose of steroids.
This session may just make you hold fire for a bit whenever there is a tiny bleed at 32 weeks (where it is unlikely preterm birth will ensue) or birth threatens at a late preterm gestation.
It’s suddenly a very hot topic. When should elective inductions and caesars happen? Should we shun anything that is a day below 39 weeks? Or even below 40 weeks?
Professor Jonathan Morris (Uni of Sydney) – to enlighten us. He may make us all think much harder when to time a planned birth.
Prof Ben Mol (Monash Uni) will update us on what works best and how for methods of induction.
There are more infections than COVID-19 to worry about these days - syphilis is making a comeback and we need A/Prof Clare Nourse to remind us about how to prevent and manage this potentially devastating infection. Dr Clare Whitehead will give us all a much needed refresher on vaccinations in pregnancy and A/Prof Lisa Hui will tell us where we are going with prevention of the most common congenital infection - cytomegalovirus.
Hear about exciting discoveries that may be around the corner. New ways to protect babies brains in FGR (Dr Kirsten Palmer); new ways to run clinical trials (Dr Clare Whitehead, Uni of Melb); Viagra to decrease caesars for non-reassuring fetal status (Prof Sailesh Kumar, Queensland Uni) and the much anticipated findings from the ‘My Babies Movements’ trial (Prof Vicki Flenady, Queensland Uni).
And there is even more. Personalised medicine (Prof Craig Pennell), the risks of instrumental birth and fully dilated caesars (Dr Teresa MacDonald, Mercy Perinatal), new horizons in NIPT testing (Prof Jon Hyett, Western Sydney Uni) and inspiring work in low and middle income countries (Prof Caroline Homer, Dr Joshua Vogel, both at The Burnet Institute).