Webinar: Addressing the sensitive topics of fertility and preconception health with your male and female patients

Brought to you by Andrology Australia (an RACGP Accredited Activity Provider), in partnership with Your Fertility (an Australian Government funded national public health education program).


When:    Wednesday 13 March 2019, 7.00-8.30pm AEDT

Where:   At your computer

Cost:      Free

The 1.5-hour free webinar will be hosted live by Ms Sophie Scott, ABC National Medical Reporter, featuring:
• Current evidence on male and female fertility from fertility specialists
• Ways to incorporate fertility and preconception health education into your practice
• Facilitated discussions, including patient perspectives, responding to your questions at registration and during the webinar
• GP resource pack

Learn about current evidence and resources available to support your clinical practice.

This activity has been approved by the RACGP QI&CPD Program in the 2017-19 triennium for 3 Category 2 points (Activity: 152843)

To be eligible for the CPD points, participants must be logged in for the live webinar.

Register here


Ms Sophie Scott
is the national medical reporter for the ABC, with her stories appearing on ABC news, 7:30, ABC radio and online. Among her awards is the Australian Museum Eureka prize for medical journalism, and she is a highly respected and sought-after health presenter. Sophie has hosted and spoken at the Research Australia awards dinner, the Mayo Clinic social media conference, Royal Australian College of Physicians conference and many mental health and patient-centred events. She is on the board of the Australian Medical Association Charitable Foundation NSW, is an ambassador for Bowel Cancer and Pain Australia and on the advisory board for the Australian Mental Health Prize. Thousands of her readers regularly respond to her blog on health and happiness and @sophiescott2 on Twitter and Instagram. 

Prof Rob McLachlan
AM, FRACP, PhD, Director of Andrology Australia, is a NHMRC Principal Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne and is Deputy Director of Endocrinology at the Monash Medical Centre. He specialises in the area of male reproductive medicine and has made significant contributions to research in endocrinology, infertility and andrology. He combines his academic career with clinical practice as a consultant in these fields. Rob’s talk is titled, “Update on male fertility: factors affecting sperm number and quality. 

Dr Shannon Zawada
, BSc (Hons), MBBS, MMed, FRANZCOG, is a Fertility specialist at Genea in Sydney and works as an Obstetrician/Gynaecologist at Canterbury Hospital. Shannon is a Lecturer at the University of Sydney in Perinatal and Women’s Health. After obtaining her FRANZCOG she completed subspecialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She has a Masters of Medicine in Reproductive Health and Human Genetics and is researching the accessibility of Fertility treatment and hormone assays in IVF cycles.
Shannon’s talk is titled, “Update on factors affecting female fertility“.

Magdalena Simonis, MBBS, FRACGP, DRANZCOG, is a GP, a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and an honorary research fellow with the Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne, with expertise in implementation of evidence-based practices in health delivery. She is on the board of Women’s Health Victoria, is President of the Victorian Medical Women’s Society and the Strategy and Policy Committee for Breast Cancer Network Australia. Her articles are regularly published in Medical Republic and she has been an RACGP representative to senate enquiries. Magdalena believes fertility issues encompass women’s health, general health and relationship discussions, hence are a central aspect of the care GPs deliver to the patients over their life cycle. Magda’s talk is titled, “Addressing preconception health with our male and female patients”.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this activity, participants will be able to:

1. Develop or draft a system that ensures that all male and female patients of child-bearing age are regularly (ie. yearly or as appropriate) asked the question about reproductive life plan.

2. Identify and address barriers to implementing preconception care for male and female patients in the GP setting.

3. Initiate preconception health discussions with male and female patients.

4. Use appropriate strategies to engage male and female patients of child-bearing age in preconception care in the context of a general GP consultation.

5. Summarise the key modifiable factors that affect male fertility and female fertility.
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