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A/Prof Jason Abbott

University of NSW, Australia
Dr Jason Abbott is Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales and Director of Gynaecology. Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney. He is Vice President of AGES, is on the boards of the RHW Foundation and Endometriosis Australia
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Dr Rina Agrawal

Centre of Reproductive Medicine, United Kingdom
MDr Rina Agrawal is a Consultant /Associate Professor in Reproductive Medicine, Gynaecology/Obstetrics working in London & Warwickshire, UK. She received her formal training in Reproductive Medicine at University College London with Prof. Howard Jacobs where she did her PhD in 2000.
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A/Prof Rodney Baber

University of Sydney, Australia
Rod Baber is Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney and is Head of the Menopause and Menstrual disorders clinic at Royal North Shore Hospital.
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A/Prof Kirsten Black

University of Sydney, Australia
Associate Professor Kirsten Black is an academic gynaecologist at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH) and Joint Head of the Discipline of Obstetrics, Gynaecology, and Neonatology at the University of Sydney.
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Dr Blair Bowden

Queensland Bariatrics, Australia
Dr Blair Bowden is a general surgeon specialising in bariatric surgery, general laparoscopic surgery, upper GI and pancreatic cancer surgery.
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Dr Naven Chetty

Queensland Centre for Gynaecological Onocology, Australia
Dr Naven Chetty is a consultant Gynaecological Oncologist and Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
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Prof Lyn Chitty

University College London, United Kingdom
Prof Lyn Chitty is in the unique position of being the only UK Professor of Genetics and Fetal Medicine, and was appointed to this chair at the UCL Institute of Child Health in 2009. She is also a Consultant in Genetics and Fetal Medicine at UCLH NHS Foundation Trust.
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Mrs Sue Croft

Sue Croft Physiotherapist, Australia
Sue Croft, B.Phty is a Brisbane Physiotherapist with a special interest in pelvic floor dysfunction including urinary incontinence, prolapse conditions, bowel management and pelvic pain. Sue graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 1978 and has worked in Women’s Health and Continence promotion since 1988.
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Mr Ian Currie

RCOG, United Kingdom
Mr Ian Currie FRCOG, the Vice President for UK Affairs at the RCOG has recently chaired the College’s working party, entitled “Becoming Tomorrow’s Specialist” and is currently co-chairing a working party entitled “Safer Women’s Healthcare” focusing on workforce within O&G.
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Dr Melanie Davies

University College London Hospital, United Kingdom
Dr Melanie Davies is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at University College London Hospitals and also the Clinical Director for the national Women's Health guideline programme commissioned by NICE.
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Dr Rebecca Deans

University of New South Wales, Australia
Dr Rebecca Deans is a gynaecologist, working at Genea, the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney Children's Hospital and UNSW.
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Prof Anna DeFazio

University of Sydney at Westmead Millennium Institute, Australia
Prof Anna DeFazio holds the Sydney-West Chair in Translational Cancer Research, University of Sydney at Westmead Millennium Institute.
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Prof Jan Dickinson

University of Western Australia, Australia
Jan Dickinson is a RANZCOG certified subspecialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine. She has a MD thesis by original research from The University of Western Australia.
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Prof Hans Peter Dietz

University of Sydney, Australia
Prof Hans Peter Dietz graduated from Heidelberg University, Germany, in 1988, obtaining an MD there in 1989. He arrived in Australia in 1997 and completed his FRANZCOG training in 1998. Between 1999 and 2002, he undertook urogynaecology subspeciality training in Sydney and obtained a PhD with UNSW.
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Dr Tim Draycott

Southmead Hospital, United Kingdom

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Mr Simon Edmonds

CMDHB, New Zealand
Mr Simon Edmonds works at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland, NZ, where he is the Training Programme Director for the 1st centre in New Zealand to be recognized for the Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy and Surgery Society (AGES) training Fellowship.
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Dr Stacey Edwards

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Australia
Dr Stacey Edwards is a Senior Research Fellow and Team Head of the Functional Cancer Genomics Laboratory at QIMR Berghofer, Brisbane.
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Dr Alec Ekeroma

University of Auckland, New Zealand
Dr Alec Ekeroma is the Head of the Pacific Women’s Health Research and Development Unit, which he established in 2006 at the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Auckland. He is the President of the Pacific Society for Reproductive Health driving health workforce capacity building in the Pacific and has had governance roles on health organisations nationally and regionally.
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Dr Victoria Eley

Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Australia
Dr Victoria Eley is a Staff Anaesthetist at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, with an interest in obstetric anaesthesia. She is currently completing her PhD at The University of Queensland, examining the anaesthetic care of the very obese parturient.
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Prof David Ellwood

Griffith University, Australia
David Ellwood is Professor of O & G at Griffith University, and Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) at Gold Coast University Hospital.
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Dr Susan Evans

Pelvic Pain, Australia
Dr Susan Evans is a Gynaecologist, Laparoscopic Surgeon and Pain Medicine Physician from Adelaide who specialises in the management of endometriosis and pelvic pain.
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Prof Cindy Farquhar

University of Auckland, New Zealand
Professor Cindy Farquhar is the Postgraduate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Auckland.
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David H Richmond MD, FRCOG FRCPE FFMLM

President, RCOG 2013-2016
David is a consultant urogynaecologist at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital and was its Medical Director for 17 years from 1993 to 2010 prior to becoming Vice President (Clinical Quality) of the RCOG.
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A/Prof Vicki Flenady

Mater Medical Research Institute, Australia

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Mr Paul Fogarty

RCOG / RANZCOG, United Kingdom
Mr Paul Fogarty is Chairman of the RCOG World Congress Committee and since 2013 has been the RCOG Senior Vice President.
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Prof Ian Fraser

University of Sydney, Australia
Prof Ian S Fraser AO, DSc, MD, BSc (Hons), FRANZCOG, FRCOG, CREI; Conjoint Professor at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, and Honorary REI Sub-specialist, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney.
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Prof Ian Frazer

Translational Research Institute, Australia
Internationally renowned for the co-creation of the technology for the cervical cancer vaccines, Professor Ian Frazer AC works to raise awareness and funds for medical research through his role with The University of Queensland (UQ) and as Chair of the TRI Foundation Board.
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Dr Glenn Gardener

Mater Health Service, Australia

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A/Prof Michelle Giles

Monash University, Australia
Dr Michelle Giles is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Department of Infectious Diseases at Monash University. She is a graduate of Monash University, where she obtained her medical degree and then went on the complete her PhD on the topic of ‘HIV, Women and Reproduction in Australia’.
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Prof Judith Goh

Greenslopes Hospital, Australia
Professor Judith Goh is a subspecialist urogynaecologist working in Brisbane and the Gold Coast and is affliated with the School of Medicine, Griffith University, Queensland. Professor Goh has co-authored a book ‘Examination Obstetrics & Gynaecology’ currently in its 3rd edition and has published in peer review journals.
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Sonia Grover

Royal Children's Hospital, Australia
Professor Sonia Grover is Director of the Department Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne.
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Prof Ian Hammond

National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP), Department of Health, Australia
Prof Ian Hammond is a retired Gynaecologic Oncologist who chaired the Group that developed the NHMRC guidelines for the management of abnormal Pap smears in Australia.
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Prof Roger Hart

School of Women’s and Infants Health and Fertility Specialists of WA, Australia
Professor Roger Hart is the Deputy Head of School of Women’s and Infants’ Health and Professor of Reproductive Medicine at the University of Western Australia, a sub-specialist in Reproductive Medicine and Infertility, Medical Director of Fertility Specialists of Western Australia and Fertility Specialists South, an active researcher in the field of reproductive medicine, associate editor of several journals and a CREI committee member.
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Dr Peter Hill

University of Queensland, Australia
Dr Peter Hill is Associate-Professor in Global Health Systems at the University of Queensland, and a public health physician, researching and teaching global health policy and governance, with a particular focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights.
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Dr Jane Hirst

University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Dr Jane Hirst is an Australian trained obstetrician and Nuffield Medical Fellow at the University of Oxford. Her research is on global perinatal health, considering the effects of social, economic, medical and nutritional influences on fetal growth and development as well as investigating novel approaches to improve health care delivery.
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Prof Jane Hocking

University of Melbourne, Australia
Professor Jane Hocking is an epidemiologist whose research interests include the epidemiology and control of genital chlamydia infection.
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Prof Caroline Homer

University of Technology, Australia

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A/Prof Paul Howat

Northern Health, Australia
Raised and trained in Melbourne, Dr Paul Howat is currently the Clinical Program Director, Women's and Children's Services, Northern Health, Melbourne and Clinical Associate Professor University of Melbourne.
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Dr Lisa Hui

Mercy Hospital for Women, Australia
Dr Lisa Hui is a maternal fetal medicine specialist from the Mercy Hospital for Women. She has research interests in cell-free fetal nucleic acids and prenatal screening for aneuploidy. She is presenting this paper on behalf of the NIPT collaboration.
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Prof Jon Hyett

SSWAHS, Australia
Jon’s main academic interests lie in population screening and the development of interventions to prevent adverse obstetric outcomes.
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Prof Ian Jacobs

University of New South Wales, Australia
Professor Ian Jacobs has been President and Vice-Chancellor of UNSW Australia, a Group of 8 University in Sydney, since February 2015.
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Dr Sarah Janssens

Mater Health Services, Australia
Dr Sarah Janssens is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Mater Mothers’ Hospital in Brisbane. She has an interest in both surgical simulation and immersive team training in obstetrics and gynaecology.
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Dr Gregory Jenkins

Norwest Medical Centre, Australia
Dr Greg Jenkins is an obstetrician and gynaecologist from western Sydney. He has been involved in establishing family planning services in Papua New Guinea since 2012.
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Prof Neil Johnson

Neil Johnson Gynaecology Clinic, New Zealand
Neil Johnson is honorary professor at the University of Adelaide, Australia, and holds an honorary academic position at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
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Dr Tu’uhevaha Kaitu’u-Lino

Mercy Hospital for Women, Australia
Dr Tu'uhevaha Kaitu'u-Lino is a research fellow in the Translational Obstetrics group, working to develop new therapeutics to treat preeclampsia.
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Prof Khalid Khan

RCOG/ Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, United Kingdom
Khalid Khan is Professor of Women's Health and Clinical Epidemiology at Barts and the London School of Medicine, Queen Mary University of London.
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Prof Sue Kildea

University of Queensland, Australia

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Dr Barry Kirby

Papua New Guinea
Barry Kirby is an Australian who studied medicine and obtained a Diploma in Obstetrics in PNG.
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Dr Hannah Krause

Greenslopes Private Hospital, Australia
Dr Hannah Krause is a subspecialist Urogynaecologist from Brisbane working in private practice at the Greenslopes Private Hospital, and publically at the QEII Jubilee Hospital where she assists with the training of registrars.
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Ms Pippa Kyle

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom
Dr Pippa Kyle's previous appointments include Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecologyat the University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand (2003-2008), and Consultant in Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine, Bristol, UK (1996-2003), where she was lead of the regional Fetal Medicine Unit.
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Prof William Ledger

University of New South Wales, Australia
Professor William Ledger is Head and Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, School of Women’s & Children’s Health at the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney, Head of the Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of New South Wales and Director of Research and Development with IVF-Australia in Sydney.
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A/Prof Sandra Lowe

Royal Hospital for Women, Australia
A/Prof Sandra Lowe is a Consultant Obstetric Physician at the Royal Hospital for Women and Conjoint Associate Professor at the University of NSW. A/Prof Lowe speaks regularly at National and International conferences of Obstetric Medicine and she has a long-standing interest in teaching obstetric medicine She has published numerous articles including national guidelines on the management of hypertension in pregnancy in Australia and contributed chapters to a number of textbooks of obstetric medicine. A/Prof Lowe is the Founding Co-editor of the international journal; 'Obstetric Medicine'. She has had longstanding executive roles with both local and international Societies of Obstetric Medicine and is currently President of the International Society of Obstetric Medicine.
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Prof Mary Ann Lumsden

University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
Professor Lumsden is Professor of Gynaecology and Medical Education, Head of Reproductive & Maternal Medicine at the University of Glasgow and Consultant Gynaecologist at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Fellow's Representative for Scotland on the Council of the RCOG.
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Dr Kim Matthews

The Children’s Hospital, Westmead and Next Generation Fertility, Australia
Dr Kim Matthews is a Fertility Specialist at Next Generation Fertility. Kim is also a Visiting Medical Officer in Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead. After training as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in the Western Sydney program, she trained in infertility and reproductive endocrinology as well as paediatric and adolescent gynaecology at Westmead, Royal North Shore, City West IVF and The Children’s Hospital, Westmead. Dr Matthews holds a Masters in Reproductive Medicine (MRM) at the University of Western Sydney.
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Prof Lesley McCowan

University of Auckland, New Zealand
Professor Lesley McCowan is head of the Academic Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Auckland.
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Dr Clare McKenzie

RCOG, United Kingdom
Dr Clare McKenzie, Vice President (Education) Clare has been a consultant in Dundee since 1999. After attending Glasgow Medical School she moved into obstetrics and gynaecology developing an interest in gynaecological cancer and colposcopy as well as medical education.
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Dr Amy Mellor

Eve Health, Australia
Dr Amy Mellor is an obstetrician and gynaecologist from Brisbane, Australia. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Queensland in 1998.
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Prof Gita Mishra

University of Queensland, Australia
Professor Gita Mishra is an ARC Future Fellow and Professor of Life Course Epidemiology at the School of Public Heath, University of Queensland.
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Prof Ben Mol

University of Adelaide, Australia
Professor Ben Mol has worked as a gynaecologist and senior researcher at the Utrecht Medical Centre (1997-2003), Maxima Medisch Centre (2003-2007) and the Academic Medical Centre (2007-2014) in the Netherlands.
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Prof Kate Moore

The St George Hospital, Australia
Prof Kate Moore is a urogynaecologist who trained in Dundee, Yorkshire and Liverpool, and has headed up the Department of Urogynaecology at St George Hospital, UNSW, for the last 23 years.
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Dr Edward Morris

British Menopause Society, United Kingdom
Dr Edward Morris, consultant gynacologist at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital and Honorary Medical School Senior Lecturer, University of East Anglia.
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Prof John Newnham

University of Western Australia, Australia
John Newnham is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at The University of Western Australia (UWA) and is a sub-specialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine.
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Prof Rob Norman

RANZCOG, United Kingdom
Professor Robert Norman is Professor of Reproductive and Peri-conceptual Medicine at The University of Adelaide and was the founding Director of the Robinson Research Institute.
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Dr Margaret O’Brien

Royal Darwin Hospital, Australia
Dr Margaret O’Brien graduated from Melbourne University in 1980 and since 1994 has been working in the tropical regions of Northern Australia She completed her O&G training in 1997 and has travelled and worked extensively throughout Arnhem land and the ‘Top End’ as well as the Cape of York and Thursday Island providing specialist care to remote mainly indigenous women.
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Dr Miriam O’Connor

PNG Reproductive Health Training Unit, Papua New Guinea
Dr Miriam O’Connor has lived and worked in Papua New Guinea since 2002, previously having worked in Melbourne at the Royal Women’s Hospital and Private Practice.
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Prof Andreas Obermair

Queensland Centre for Gynaecological Cancer, Australia
Prof Andreas Obermair is a gynaecological oncologist in Brisbane, Queensland. From his work as a clinician Andreas receives inspiration for research, concentrating on making surgical treatments for patients with gynaecological cancer gentler and kinder, improving survival and identifying women at risk for gynaecological cancer.
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Dr Elizabeth Jane Owen

West Middlesex University Hospital, United Kingdom
Dr Elizabeth Owen works as an obstetrician and gynaecologist in a busy district general hospital in West London.
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Dr Louise Page

West Middlesex University Hospital, United Kingdom
Dr Louise Page is a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at West Middlesex University Hospital, North West London, UK.
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Mr Nick Panay

Queen Charlotte’s / Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals, United Kingdom
Nick Panay BSc MRCOG MFSRH Present position Consultant Gynaecologist, Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine & Surgery Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Imperial College London Private practice Director, International Centre for Hormone Health 92 Harley Street London W1G 7HU Summary CV Nick Panay is a Consultant Gynaecologist
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Prof David Paterson

University of Queensland, Australia

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Dr Helen Paterson

University of Otago, New Zealand
Dr Helen Paterson is a Senior Lecturer in Women’s Health at the University of Otago and a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in Dunedin, New Zealand.
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Dr Gino Pecoraro

Gino Pecoraro, Australia
Dr Gino Pecoraro is an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist in private and public practice on Brisbane's Wickham Terrace with special interests in high risk obstetrics, menopause and endometriosis.
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Prof Micheal Permezel

RANZCOG, Australia
Michael Permezel obtained Fellowship of RANZCOG in 1989 and since 1997 has held the position of Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Mercy Hospital for Women.
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Dr Damien Petersen

St Andrews Hospital, Australia

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Mr Andrew Pickersgill

Stepping Hill Hospital, United Kingdom
Andrew Pickersgill is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and RCOG Council Member for the North West region.
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Dr Wendy Pollock

Maternal Critical Care, Australia
Dr Wendy Pollock is a critical care nurse and midwife who examined the characteristics, severity of illness and provision of acute health services to critically ill pregnant and postnatal women for her PhD thesis.
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Prof Lesley Regan

Imperial College, United Kingdom
Prof Lesley Regan is head of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at St Mary's Hospital, Imperial College London. where she chairs the Academic Opportunities Committee, is Athena Swan champion and Director of the Women's Health Research Centre.
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Prof Juliet Richters

University of New South Wales, Australia
Juliet Richters BA, MPH, PhD Professor in Sexual Health School of Public Health and Community Medicine University of New South Wales Juliet Richters has worked for over 30 years in sexual health research and education.
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Dr Vijay Roach

RANZCOG, Australia
Dr Vijay Roach is an obstetrician and gynaecologist working in private and public practice in Sydney, Australia.
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Prof Janice Rymer

King's College London, United Kingdom
Janice Rymer is Dean of Student Affairs and Professor of Gynaecology, King's College London, and Consultant Gynaecologist at Guy's and St Thomas's Hospitals
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Dr Joanne Said

Sunshine Hospital/ University of Melbourne, Australia
Joanne Said is a clinician researcher and maternal-fetal medicine subspecialist. She has clinical and research interests in pre-eclampsia and fetal growth restriction.
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A/Prof Marion Saville

VCS Incorporated, Australia
Associate Professor Marion Saville is a New Zealand medical graduate who trained in Anatomic Pathology at Northwestern University in Chicago.
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Prof Andrew Shennan

Kings College London, United Kingdom
Andrew Shennan is Professor of Obstetrics at King’s College London, based at St. Thomas’ Hospital. He is Director of the Clinical Trials Unit in the Women’s Academic Health Centre, and is also Deputy Director of R and D for Guys and St. Thomas NHS Trust.
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Dr Mark Slack

University of Cambridge Teaching Hospital, United Kingdom
Mark Slack qualified in Johannesburg at the University of the Witwatersrand. He then completed his postgraduate training at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur hospital.
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Prof Gordon Smith

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Prof Gordon Smith is Professor and Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Cambridge, UK.
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Prof Roger Smith

University of Newcastle, Australia

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Prof Sailesh Kumar Surendran

Mater Mothers’ Hospital, Australia
Professor Kumar is Head of Discipline (Obstetrics & Gynaecology) at the University of Queensland's School of Medicine.
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Prof Stephen Tong

University of Melbourne, Australia
Professor Stephen Tong is a clinician-scientist at Mercy Hospital for Women and The University of Melbourne.
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Prof Owen Ung

Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Australia
Prof Owen Ung is the Director of the Centre for Breast Health and head of the Breast and Endocrine surgery unit at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
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A/Prof Janet Vaughan

John Hunter Hospital, Australia

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Prof Susan Walker

Mercy Hospital for Women, Australia
Prof Sue Walker is the Sheila Handbury Chair of Maternal Fetal Medicine, University of Melbourne, and Director of Perinatal Medicine, Mercy Hospital for Women. She is clinical director of the Victorian Fetal Therapy Service, and is Chair of the Maternal Fetal Medicine sub-specialty, RANZCOG.
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Miss Susan Ward

East Midlands School of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, United Kingdom
Susan Ward is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust and Head of School for O&G trainees in the East Midlands.
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Dr Lyndall White

Belmont Private Hospital, Australia
Dr Lyndall White is a Consultant Psychiatrist in private practice at Belmont Private Hospital. She has a special interest in Perinatal Mental Health and Education.
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Dr Shelley Wilkinson

Mater Mothers Hospital/Mater Research Institute- UQ, Australia
Dr Shelley Wilkinson is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and the Senior Research Dietitian in the Mater Mothers' Hospitals, Brisbane.
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Prof Don Wilson

University of Otago, New Zealand
Prof Don Wilson is a Urogynaecologist and Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Associate Dean, University of Otago, Aotearoa, New Zealand.
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A/Prof Anuschirawan Yazdani


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