Medical Disorders in Pregnancy 2016


​Organisers have hailed the Medical Disorders in Pregnancy (MDIP) 2016 meeting, which was held on Saturday 23 July in Melbourne, a huge success. The conference attracted more than 500 delegates, ranging from obstetricians and midwives through to GPs, anaesthetists, physicians, students and nurses.

MDIP 2016 aimed to tackle controversial and hot topics such as Zika virus in pregnancy and the remarkable new treatments designed to cure Hepatitis C. It also covered important core obstetric topics such as preeclampsia, management of the obese patient in pregnancy, perinatal mental health, and obstetric haemorrhage and critical care. The topics selected not only highlighted new research in particular areas but also the importance of teamwork and collaboration to optimise outcomes for patients and their families.

Mercy Perinatal's Dr Alison Fung said the relaxed and friendly format encouraged attendees to actively participate in the lively panel discussions and provided a wonderful platform for meeting and networking.

"The day was full of surprises, including origami making and a flash mob dancing to Vanessa Amorosi's song Absolutely Everybody, which culminated in the formation of a human pyramid," Dr Fung said.

"The song and pyramid symbolised the principle that 'everybody needs everybody', reinforcing the fact that researchers, midwives, doctors, nurses, anaesthetists, theatre staff and physicians all need one another to achieve the best outcomes for patients."

The following day, the Mercy Perinatal team and many of the MDIP delegates braved the morning chill to participate in the charity race Run Melbourne. The Perinatal Pacers ran distances ranging from five kilometres through to 21.1 kilometres to raise funds for Mercy Perinatal.

Mercy Perinatal is now in the process of preparing for their next big event, the Global Obstetric Update 2016 – Science, to be held at the Park Hyatt from December 1-3. The first Global Obstetric Update was held in 2015 and received glowing reviews for its innovative, friendly and fun format, with engaging and informative speakers. GOU 2016 – Science will follow a similar format, aiming to bring the latest in scientific discoveries to the bedside for clinical use.

For more information about GOU 2016 – Science, please visit


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