Conference to educate on the most up-to-date perinatal medicine

​             Professor Sue Walker

Mercy Health has brought Victoria's medical community together for a conference focused on the latest obstacles and breakthroughs in perinatal medicine. Almost 400 midwives, doctors and specialists, from Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat, Warrnambool, Bendigo, Bairnsdale and Foster will attend the Medical Disorders in Pregnancy conference at Leonda by the Yarra on Saturday 6 September.

Director of Perinatal Medicine at Mercy Hospital for Women and Sheila Handbury Chair of Maternal Fetal Medicine Professor Sue Walker said the conference provided a great opportunity for the Victorian medical community to discuss common medical complications that occur during pregnancy. Professor Walker said leading experts – predominantly from Mercy Hospital for Women and Austin Health – would speak on topics including cardiac and thyroid disease in pregnancy, the management of women with bleeding and clotting disorders, obesity and pre-eclampsia.

"The overwhelming response we have had reflects not only the quality of the program – with a large panel of expert speakers – but also the fact that Victorian clinicians recognise the need to work as a team in managing women with complications during their pregnancy. Prof Walker said. "Managing the risks associated with obesity in pregnancy, for example, is now part of everybody's obstetric practice.

"This event gives us a great opportunity to provide education around these common conditions, as well as the rare and serious disorders that may affect women and their babies."

Prof Walker said the conference would focus on managing mothers with pre-existing medical conditions as well those who develop complications during pregnancy. She said it would also touch on the impact of these conditions on the long-term health of these mothers and their babies.

She said organisers were in the process of organising a Twitter hashtag for the day so that attendees could ask questions via social media.

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