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

This event was held on Wednesday, 13 March 2019 - 7:00pm AEDT

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WED 13 MAR 2019

What Time?

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM AEDT



About the Webinar

This GP education webinar is presented by Andrology Australia and Your Fertility. It will address GPs’ expressed needs for education on preconception health care for female and male patients, with up-to-date evidence-based presentations on factors affecting male and female fertility, practical strategies for implementation into practice, and opportunities to participate in discussions with the panel, including expert presenters and consumers. The webinar will be facilitated by acclaimed ABC national medical reporter Ms Sophie Scott. This activity has been approved by the RACGP QI&CPD Program in the 2017–19 triennium 3 Category 2 points – (Activity:152843).

Research, including a recent survey conducted by Andrology Australia on male fertility, shows that many GPs do not feel confident broaching the subject of fertility in general consultations if not asked explicitly by the patient, with many perceived barriers to providing preconception care to all patients (female and male) of reproductive age. The GP survey also highlighted a need for evidence-based patient resources and GP education on preconception care. 

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. 

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

To be eligible for CPD points you must attend the live webinar.

Andrology Australia and VARTA are committed to protecting your privacy. Any personal information received from you will be treated as confidential. Your personal contact details will be held and used strictly in accordance with the Information Privacy Principles of the Information Privacy Act 2000 (Victoria). Your email and postal addresses will be used for correspondence related to this Webinar, including follow-up to manage RACGP CPD points and dissemination of fertility resources packs.

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Ms Sophie Scott, ABC National Medical Reporter

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, Medical Director of Andrology Australia

Prof Rob McLachlan 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, CREI

Dr Shannon Zawada 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

Dr Magdalena Simonis, MBBS, FRACGP, DRANZCOG

Dr Magdalena Simonis 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