Welcome to the World Congress of Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology Melbourne 2019
As president of FIGIJ, as a member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology, and as an Australian who lives in Melbourne, it is my great pleasure to invite you to Melbourne for the next World Congress in Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology from November 29 - December 3, 2019.
The Congress creates the opportunity to meet and share our knowledge and experiences, but most importantly, it is about making a difference for our young patients - ensuring we all have relevant, evidence based knowledge that we can use effectively. It is about learning from our colleagues - what works, how did you make it work, how did you achieve those outcomes? We will be connecting shared knowledge and ideas to our work places.
We all bring our ideas and experiences from different corners and cultures of the world – but much as we may travel from afar to reach each other, many of the issues and challenges are the same - and if they are not the same, that too can be a source of learning. Join us in Melbourne to connect across national barriers, across different languages and across cultures.
This Congress will provide an opportunity to actively participate. You will be connected and interacting with the conference speakers and topics – in debate sessions, with participant polling, in questions and answer sessions, in choosing your own journey through challenging cases. The Congress is an opportunity to help each other learn to maximise each of our capacities with connections through resources that may be people, journals, apps, internet, or online resources.
Most importantly, we want the young women we care for to have a voice at this Congress. We will be creating forums to have their ideas and concerns presented and heard. You will have the opportunity to connect with the young women you serve.
This will be a Congress to challenge you with new ideas, a Congress aiming to be thought provoking. What can we do about child abuse? What can we do about girls and young women in refugee camps, or girls sold into prostitution? How do you provide health care with minimal resources; can you provide care without costly tests? How should we resolve and manage the ethical issues around genital surgery – labioplasty, FGM/C, or genitoplasty? How is your country managing transgendered youth? What is the teen pregnancy rate in your country; how do you manage access to contraception for young people?
Like all previous Congresses this will be a great occasion for connecting with old friends, colleagues, mentors and those that have inspired us whilst making new friends, meeting new colleagues, becoming mentors to others and becoming an inspiration to others.
This will be the 19th world congress in Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology, but only the 4th to be held in the southern hemisphere and only the 4th held in Asia/Oceania. We are looking forward to making you welcome here in Melbourne – connect with your dreams and make this the trip to Australia that you have been wanting to do! Take this opportunity to travel here and explore Melbourne, Australia, New Zealand or some of the Asian countries in our neighbourhood.
I look forward to connecting with you in Melbourne in 2019,
Prof Sonia Grover