Topics and themes
We have crafted a delicious program for GOU 2022. See for yourself…
Labour. For the first time ever in the history of GOU, we will shine a spotlight on the birth suite. Two full sessions of it. Insights from Aussies, and top academics from The States and the United Kingdom.
Evidence-based management of labour
- Prof Vincenzo Berghella (Thomas Jefferson University, United States) is simply a legend in the field. Those who joined us at virtual GOU 2020 will remember his dazzling oration on ‘evidenced-based caesarean section’.
- We are so delighted this year he will join us in person! He will offer us two sessions on evidence-based management of labour. We can’t wait.
- We swab, we check, we give antis. Like automatons. But just how nasty is it really?
- There is a whole body of new research behind GBS you should know about. The brilliant Prof Gordon Smith (Cambridge University) will be returning to GOU to update us on this most annoying bug.
Using ultrasound during labour
- As magic we think our examining hands are, we sometimes get the position wrong (no way!). Can the ultrasound reduce and save us from the risk of badness arising from misdiagnosis in the birth suite?
- Dr Federica Bellussi, a MFM specialist from The States, will tell us. She has published extensively on evidenced-based use of ultrasound in obstetrics, including during labour.
What is the safest way to birth twins?
- We thought we knew. That the twin birth trial told us trying for a vaginal birth (while occasionally hairy) is just as safe as a caesar. But is this really true?
- Prof Gordon Smith (Cambridge University) is going to walk us through ‘the evidence behind the evidence’ and tell us the answer and it may surprise many of you.
- Plus, Stephen (Tong) will give an update on postpartum drugs to stop bleeding, including the latest on tranexamic acid. He will also discuss the use of carbetocin, a relatively new addition to the cabinet (plug – he wrote The Birth Book).
PLUS: TWO sessions of Journal Club
- Journal Club on the Run (JCOTR) has proved thumpingly popular. So were last year’s two JCOTR sessions at GOU 2022.
- So we have asked our JCOTR team to do it once more (Dr Roxanne Hastie and Dr Anthea Lindquist, Mercy Perinatal, plus Sue and Stephen). We will be presenting the top papers published in 2022. Including many, we don’t even know about right now. Yes, that’s how ‘hot off the press’ GOU is.
The aftermath of pregnancy
- We all know that getting obstetric complications increases the chances of copping diseases in later life (Gestational diabetes -> Diabetes… Preeclampsia -> Chronic high blood pressure). But are we really doing all we can to educate patients?
- Prof Craig Pennell (University of Newcastle), a GOU favourite, will mull over this with the GOU crowd.
Sepsis and the deteriorating patient
- We’d love pregnancy to go without a hitch. Most do. But on occasion, our day at the office can take on a nightmare twist where our patient becomes dangerously sick. Rapidly so. Luckily, Sue (Walker), our MFM guru, is going to guide us through this scary situation.
- We’d love all structural abnormality ultrasounds to be short, boring reports (nothing to see here). But on occasion, they aren’t….there is a neurological abnormality. What is it exactly? What does it mean for our patient and her unborn bub? The amazing duo of A/Prof Cath Cluver (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa -MFM guru) and Prof Adrienne Gordon (University of Sydney, Neonatology guru) will walk us through the more common neurological issues we see on ultrasound, their outlook and the pregnancy and postnatal care. As you can see, GOU 2022 is already jammed with amazingness!
- Prof Glenn Gardner (MFM at Mater Health) will be joining us to provide an update on the marvels of fetal surgery. He has established an impressive unit in Brisbane which was featured in Australian Story.
- Prof Ben Mol (Monash University) is going to give us an update on the latest on a core issue – gestational diabetes.
Return of the Thylacine
- To complement the theme of science fiction for GOU 2022, we have secured a simply mind-blowing presentation. Prof Andy Pask (The University of Melbourne) has received a thumping amount of money to bring back the Tassie Tiger (what the..?). It’s not science fiction, it’s fact, check out this link.
- A master orator, Andy will regale us on how he is going to bring Jurrasic Park (or perhaps ‘Jurassic-Pask’) into reality 🦖
There is going to be even MORE! Much more. There will be even more announcements later on.
Plus, GOU will be the same fun conference as before. Grub whose deliciousness is unparalleled, surprises, ‘kitschness’ aplenty, a terrific venue…and a zany Science fiction theme. We hope for the return of the legendary conference dinner with the entire delegation in fancy dress (can’t wait 🤗).
Please join us. In-person tickets have sold out, but you can still join in the GOU fun online!