Advanced Laparoscopic Workshop

Date: Saturday 24 June, 2023 | Venue: Novotel Rotorua Lakeside | Registration fee: $550

Please note this workshop is now FULL, please email if you would like to go on the waiting list.

To register for this workshop please use the general ASM registration form as linked here and you can either add it to your ASM registration or choose early in the registration process to register solely for a Post-ASM workshop. 

This practical Advanced Laparoscopic Workshop specifically targets Obstetrics and Gynaecology consultants and registrars.

Over the day (8.30am – 3.30pm), the workshop will provide a mixture of hands-on experience, demonstration, discussion and lectures.
There will be practical stations to explore specific issues, supported by some of our ASM exhibitors.

The faculty will be led by Dr Tavaziva Mudzamiri (Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Waikato Hospital), he will be joined RANZCOG Fellows Dr Kieran Dempster-Rivett, Dr VP Singh, Dr Alice Pan, Dr Michael Wynn-Williams and Dr Lakshmi Ravikanti.

There are 20 places available to maintain a low ratio of supervision.

The course aims to:

  • provide evidence-based approach to simple and complex laparoscopic hysterectomy
  • address the challenges of complex hysterectomy with particular focus on relevant anatomy in complex cases
  • demonstrate a variety of techniques required to perform complex hysterectomy
  • equip participants with skill, tips and tricks to approach both simple and complex hysterectomy


8.00amArrival tea and coffee, registrations
8.30am10 steps of a simple TLH, Morbid Obesity TLH
Dr Tava Mudzamiri & Dr Kieran Dempster-Rivett
9.00amAdvanced anatomy review
Dr Michael Wynn-Williams & Dr Jessica Dunning
9.30amDealing with the adnexae & pelvic sidewall
Dr Sofie Neutens, Dr VP Singh & Dr Lakshmi Ravikanti
10.00amMorning tea
This session involves 4 breakouts that the participants move between.  Each involves a video-based tutorial in small group of 3-4 participants. The facilitator will prepare a video-based tutorial on the topic and outline their approach to complex hysterectomy situations. This will be a facilitated tutorial to engage the participants to discuss their approach and also explain safe techniques in dealing with unexpected complex situations.

1. Complex hysterectomy video - Caesarean sections and/or dense inflammatory pelvic adhesions
Dr Lakshmi Ravikanti

2. Complex hysterectomy video - Fibroid uterus
Dr Michael Wynn-Williams

3. Complex hysterectomy video - Endometriosis
Dr VP Singh

4. Complex hysterectomy video - Morbid obesity
Dr Kieran Dempster-Rivett
12.15pmLunch and meet with exhibitors
1.00pmLive surgery begins
The afternoon session will focus on hands on stations and live surgery. There are two hands on sessions focussing on '3D laparoscopic suturing practice' and 'in bag morcellation'. There will be two stations for each with faculty acting as facilitators. There will also be a live surgery to view with one of our faculty as a moderator to guide the conversation with the operating team.

1. Live surgery continues
Dr Alice Pan & Dr Tava Mudzamiri

2. 3D Laparoscopic suturing practice
Dr VP Singh & Dr Kieran Dempster-Rivett

3. In bag morcellation 
Dr Lakshmi Ravikanti & Dr Michael Wynn-Williams
3.00pmWrap up
3.15pmWorkshop ends

CPD available for the Advanced Laparoscopic Workshop

This event is approved for 5.5 hours CPD under the Educational Activities Domain. RANZCOG Fellows, who have provided their RANZCOG ID as part of their registration process, will have CPD points automatically uploaded to their profile after the event. Other RANZCOG members can claim independently.

Attendance certificates are available on request.


Exhibitors supporting this workshop

We have four exhibitors who are sponsoring this workshop by supplying equipment: Johnson and Johnson, Medtronic, Karl Storz and Applied Medical. Huge thanks to all!