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Preterm birth is the largest cause of death and disability in children under 5  in developed countries.

Stars Events 2016




Each year the Women and Infants Research Foundation proudly hosts the Stars Events. These events are WIRF’s opportunity to showcase the most recent research findings in the fields of newborn medicine, women’s health and reproduction.

Held over two consecutive evenings, the Stars Events bring together our finest medical experts and our top emerging medical researchers. They present on various topics relating to women’s and infants’ health to an audience consisting of researchers, and medical and health professionals from hospitals and clinics throughout WA.

2016 Stars Event
The Pelvic Floor: Supporting Western Australia's Women

Pelvic floor dysfunction affects millions of women worldwide and has a significant effect on quality of life. It may cause urinary incontinence, faecal incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse.

The Stars event this year will focus on the main prevention strategies for this major problem in women’s health. View the full program here.

When: Wednesday 14th September 2016, 5.45pm - 9pm
Where: University of Western Australia, Banquet Hall, Crawley
Cost: $55/Students $40 (inc presentations and cocktail/refreshments) - register at the Try Booking website.


Visiting Professor Don Wilson (Consultant Urogynaecologist, University of Otago, New Zealand)

Title: Prediction and Prevention of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction-UR-CHOICE!


Pelvic floor dysfunction [PFD] could cause a range of conditions including urinary incontinence, faecal incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.

With the changing obstetric demographics, PFD is thought to be on the increase and prevention of this condition is a major priority in women’s health. Identification of women “at risk” for future PFD, is a key element in current prevention strategies.

This presentation will review the evidence supporting the view that pelvic floor disorders may be prevented or alleviated. Possible strategies include pelvic floor muscle training, lifestyle interventions and Caesarean section for those “at risk” women who are at substantially higher than average risk for developing PFD in the future.

Prof Wilson has also led a research team that has constructed and validated prediction models using variables known before and after childbirth [UR-CHOICE]. These models now provide women, with their individual risk of developing PFD. They significantly advance our ability to counsel women, before and after delivery with the aim of preventing/reducing the impact of PFD.

Charlotte Hosking (Senior Clinical Physiotherapist, Urogynaecology and Gynaecology, King Edward Memorial Hospital)

Title: Physiotherapy for my prolapse?  Not surgery?


With an increase in our aging population, the long term effects of pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) become more obvious.  It is thought that 50% of women having a vaginal delivery may have PFD, with differing levels of symptoms, including prolapse, bladder and bowel issues. Many women know about surgery, and many more have heard of, and even tried Kegel's, or pelvic floor muscle exercises.  

But what do you say when asked about physiotherapy. “Really, physio? What can physio do for this when I'm already doing my pelvic floors and it's not working?”

Pelvic floor muscle exercises are just the tip of the iceberg, and even if being done correctly may not alleviate the problems if used as a stand-alone treatment.  But luckily, physiotherapy has so much more to offer, and clients presenting with pelvic floor dysfunction should be given all of the options within the conservative armoury.

In this presentation we will cover the physiotherapist's role in conservative management of pelvic floor dysfunction including prolapse and incontinence.

Dr Nicolas Tsokos (Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Western Australia, Head of Department of Urogynaecology King Edward Memorial Hospital)

Title: Prolapse: Past Present and Future

Dr Nicolas Tsokos’ presentation will provide a brief review of how our understanding and misunderstanding of prolapse has changed treatment over time. This knowledge has led to the development of new techniques and where the future may lie. A randomised controlled trial of innovative therapy is about to be undertaken in the near future in Western Australia.

Rising Stars
Presenters - View the full program here.
When: Thursday 15th September 2016, 6pm - 9.30pm
Where: Matilda Bay, Crawley
Cost: $95 (inc. symposium, dinner & drinks). Register at the Try Booking website.

Both Stars events are accredited for continuing professional development points. RANZCOG approved O & G meeting attracting 4pts for full attendance - 2pts for Stars/2pts Rising Stars.

To secure your place please register by clicking below.

UWA Club
Wed 14th September
Matilda Bay
Thurs 15th September




Stars 2016

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2016 Stars Events Program