Day 3 | Session 6: Beyond cancer

Free Communications: Heavy menstrual bleeding - current practice in New Zealand 

Objective: To assess current practice of Aotearoa New Zealand gynaecologists and general practitioners (GPs) for assessment and management of heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB). 

Dr Magdalena Bofill
Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecologist

Dr Bofill is a Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecologist from Chile. She recently finished her PhD, “Evidence for the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding, women’s perceptions and current practice in New Zealand”, in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Auckland. 

Introducing new Aotearoa NZGCG guidelines: non-surgical management of early endometrial cancer and precursors

In 2023, the New Zealand Gynaecologic Cancer Group will introduce national guidelines for fertility-preserving management of atypical endometrial hyperplasia and early endometrial cancer. Accompanying guidelines for these pathologies will also be published for non-surgical management for those considered unsuitable for major surgery. With a goal of equity of outcomes, these guidelines aim to standardise investigation and management nationally.

Dr Sam Holford
Chief Resident, Middlemore Hospital, final year FRANZCOG Trainee

Sam is a final year FRANZCOG trainee, Chief Resident at Middlemore Hospital, and an Aotearoa NZ RANZCOG trainee representative involved in Council, Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku, training, research and accreditation committees. His work interests include complex surgery, teaching, and clinical governance. Outside of work, Sam's time is spent on interior decorating with his wife and pets, podcasting, and growing a tattoo collection.

Endometrial cancer and survivorship

Why survivorship is an important aspect of care for women with endometrial cancer and how we may be able to be achieve this in Aotearoa. 

Dr Sathana Ponnampalam
Endometrial Cancer Equity Clinical Lead, Te Whatu Ora Northern Region

Sathana is a Senior Medical Officer in Women's Health at Te Toka Tumai and currently on a secondment as the Endometrial Cancer Equity Clinical Lead at Te Whatu Ora Northern Region.

Survivorship: what matters to women at the five year follow-up?

Long term outcomes of gynaecological cancer treatment are considered from a psychological and sexual perspective. The aim of this session is to equip general gynaecologists with options for promoting the overall health and wellbeing for women after the initial treatment phase.

Leena St Martin
Clinical Psychologist, Gynaecology Outpatients

Leena St Martin is a Clinical Psychologist and also the Professional Leader for Psychologists working in physical health settings at Te Toka Tumai.  She completed her post-graduate clinical psychology degree at the University of Auckland in 1996.  Initially working in community mental health, Leena was drawn to women's health and has been with Gynaecology Outpatients for 22 years assisting women with pelvic pain and genital pain syndromes, late effects of gynaecological cancer, decision-making about surgery, as well as accepting opportunities to diversify by working in a fertility clinic, high performance sports environment and in private practice.