The Australian and New Zealand MFM community gathered on the 1st December 2016 at the Park Hyatt Melbourne to discuss contemporary training issues and the delivery of fetal therapy in our region.
Glen Gardener presented the first Australian case of fetal surgery for spina bifida from earlier this year, and Sailesh Kumar shared his extensive overseas experience in radiofrequency ablation for complicated monochorionic twin pregnancy. Katie Groom spoke about the STRIDER trial, a randomised control trial investigating sildenafil as a rescue therapy for severe fetal growth restriction.
We also had an important discussion on the feasibility of forming a national Australian MFM network, during which Emma Parry gave us reflections from her very successful MFM network initiative in New Zealand, and Danny Challis explained how a host organisation like Women's Hospitals Australasia may be able to help.
We also held a ‘trainees survival kit’ session, including tips on passing the written MFM exam, planning an overseas elective year, and the burning question of how to get enough procedural experience in an era of declining invasive tests.
Of course, we provided plenty of opportunities to mingle, catch up with colleagues, and to meet the new Chair and members of the RANZCOG CMFM subcommittee. We finished off with a working lunch, while listening to how our 'MFM super-heroes' manage to contribute to scientific knowledge and international leadership in our subspeciality, while holding down busy clinical jobs and raising their families.