Nov 19
Birthing in the bush, Women’s Health Symposium in Orange
​Women’s Health will be front and centre at a Symposium for medical professionals to be held in Orange on Saturday 24 November. 

Dr Jenny Stokes and Casey Filce, a fourth year medical student at the School of Rural Health, are organising the symposium. 

The event will host up to 50 junior doctors, GP registrars and medical students with an interest in rural obstetrics and gynaecology and Women’s health. 

The program will include discussion on medical training pathways as well as presentations and workshops on key obstetric and gynaecological presentations within a rural setting. 

Western NSW Local Health District’s (WNSWLHD) Dr Jenny Stokes said, “This event was driven by the desire to provide high quality education to doctors and medical students in rural areas. It will be a valuable opportunity to meet the current and future workforce for women’s health in rural NSW”.

The event is being co-hosted and sponsored by NSW branch of the Pre-Vocational Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society of Australia and New Zealand (PVOGS) and aims to develop a sense of community and portal of communication between medical students and junior doctors.

The one-day event will explore rural and remote obstetrics and gynaecology including specialist presentations and engaging workshops with a unique perspective of working in a rural setting. 

“There will be information on rural training pathways for pursuing a career in Obstetrics and Gynaecology as well as rural General Practice. A chance to meet those already on the training program and those involved with candidate selection. 

“The program includes an array of presentations on common case studies; latest on cervical cancer screening; perinatal depression; pelvic pain; pre-eclampsia as well as the opportunity to attend workshops on basic ultrasound skills, Mirena and Implanon insertion and breaking bad news. 

“We also hope it will showcase the region we live in and the opportunities that available living outside a major city in the world of health”. Dr Stokes said.