On behalf of the government and people of Vanuatu, my sincere gratitude to the PSRH Board for bringing the 11th biennial Conference of the Pacific Society for Reproductive Health to Vanuatu.
I would like to welcome all country delegates and Pacific leaders in the area of reproductive health to Vanuatu. We have much work to do to improve the reproductive health in the region and your discussions, deliberations and recommendations will no doubt assist governments in the region including Vanuatu. I believe you will have the chance to review and strengthen clinical practices to improve the health of women and their families.
The Vanuatu government has been working hard to address the health needs of our people and we place importance in maternal and child health. We have made some improvements in the last decade, but there’s still more to work for. We still have to invest more in health to strengthen health systems, infrastructure and workforce. We depend on donor collaboration and cooperation support us in major health projects. I also depend on my staff and advisors to push the health agenda forwards.
Our National Health Service works closely with NGOs, churches, communities and villages. Their engagement has significantly aided the delivery of many health programmes to reach people closer to homes. I note that the theme of your conference is “catalysts for accelerating progress.” We are all catalysts for change and improvement. Catalysts bring about innovation and change to gain better results – which we want to see resulting in improved health and socio-economic well being of our people.
Congratulations once again for your conference and I commend you for the preparations made to allow such a big meeting to take places.
Vanuatu offers you its hospitality and friendliness. The places are all safe to walk around and I encourage you to explore some of the natural beauty of our shores when you have time to step out of the conference centre. I hope you will see and experience the beauty and the hospitality of our Islands.
Halo Ologeta, Kia Ora, Malo e lelei, Taloha Ni, Fakalofa lahi atu, Talofa lave, Kia Orana, Nisam Bula Vinaka, Namiste, Warm Pacific greetings.
On behalf of the Executive Board of PSRH, it is with pleasure and honor that we invite you to Port Vila for the 11th Workshops and Conference of the Pacific Society for Reproductive Health (PSRH), to be held from the 13-18th July 2017 at the Vanuatu National Conference Centre.
The PSRH is a Society with a membership of health professionals – Clinical O&G specialists, doctors, nurses, midwives, public health specialists, managers, researchers and so forth. The members are widely dispersed across the Pacific region, including Australia and New Zealand, and are actively engaged in the various areas of reproductive health with the common goal of improving maternal and newborn health.
The PSRH offers opportunities for learning, sharing experiences and networking to disseminate knowledge and skills and promote collaboration on important reproductive health issues that affect the health of women in the Pacific.
The theme of the conference is Reproductive Health and the Sustainable Development Goals – catalysts for accelerating progress. This theme underscores the importance of understanding the wide range of the social determinants and the many factors that affect health, especially reproductive health. We need to open our eyes and ears wide when we are presented with a clinical condition in women’s health. Often times, there are complex issues to be addressed beyond what we see as presenting symptoms….they are just the tip of the iceberg.
In this meeting, we hope to unpack some of the practices we do routinely and ask ourselves, do our current practices bring out the best outcomes for mothers and newborns? The small islands of the Pacific are part of a global village which is undergoing rapid technological change and we want to be abreast with these changes, lest we are left behind. Therefore, innovation and change are essential. But in order for innovations to be effective, we need to assess current practices and determine if they are effective.
PSRH is most grateful to the Government of Vanuatu for hosting this meeting. We also thank the local organizing committee for such amazing preparations. For our sponsors, donors and supporters, we are very appreciative of your contribution to this meeting. PSRH is pleased to see all country delegates from our neighbouring shores, and wishing you all a very productive conference.
The 2017 PSRH conference programme is made up of two parts:
Part 1 comprises a number of pre-conference workshops that run parallel during Thu to Sat, 13-15th July.
Part 2 refers to the main 3-day conference which officially opens on 15th July and continues to 18th July.
PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS PROGRAMME
13-15th July 2017, Port Vila, Vanuatu
Six workshops are planned to be conducted during 13-15th July. The workshops are run concurrently from the 13th and some may run for 2 days whereas others may run until the 15th. All workshops conclude an hur before the launch of the conference on the 15th.
The details are tabled below. Participants to the conference who wish to attend any of these workshops must sign up accordingly on a first-come-first-serve basis. Preference is given to health workers from Vanuatu followed by those from the other Pacific countries. Please contact the PSRH Secretariat to process your request.
Title of Workshop Lead Facilitator and co-facilitators Max number of participants Venue
(Vila Central Hospital
Ultrasound scan Bronwyn Andrew, Renuka Bhatt, sonographers 12 Vila Central Hospital
Quality Improvement & Research Alec Ekeroma, Caroline Homer, Nicola Hawley, Kara Okesene-Gafa 20 Ministry of Health
Pacific Emergency Maternal & Neonatal training – PEMNeT (incl Early Essential Newborn Care, EENC) ames Fong, Tim Draycott, Martin Sowter, Jessica Yaipupu (EENC) 20 20 Vila Central Hospital
Family Planning – clinical skills updates Pushpa Nusair, Moape Bavou, Glen Mola 20 Vila Central Hospital
Colposcopy Jeffrey Tan, Annabelle Farnsworth 15 Vila Central Hospital
Basic Surgical Skills and Perineal Repair/OASIS workshops Jackie Smalldridge, Mairi Wallace, Judith Goh and Hannah Krause 20 Vila Central Hospital
A summary of each of the above workshop will be included in the programme booklet highlighting essential information including:
The registration fee of NZ$20 per day covers a small part of the costs of running the workshop.
Some workshops will run for one day only and some for three days
There will be a certificate of attendance or competence issued at satisfactory completion.
SATURDAY – 15th July 2017
Registration and Opening Ceremony Venue: National Convention Centre
|09:00 – 14:00M||
Conference Registration: The registration room will be opened from 9.00am to allow participants ample time to register and to meet up with friends and colleagues. Please note that some of the workshops will continue the afternoon of Sat 15th July.
Participants are seated
Arrival of Chief Guest: His Excellency, the President of Vanuatu, Fr Baldwin Lonsdale
Dedication Prayer: Reverend Alan Nafuki, Presbyterian Church
Welcome Speech – Kathleen Gapirongo, President of PSRH
ntroduction of Chief Guest – George Taleo, Director General of Health
Keynote Address by the President of Vanuatu:
The Brian Spurret Oration:
Vote of Thanks – Aliote Galuvakadua
Cocktail Party – hosted by the Government of Vanuatu Venue: TBC, Port Vila
DAY 1 – SUNDAY 16th July
Venue: National Convention Centre Chair: Alec Ekeroma / George Taleo
Sunday dedication service – Rev. Alan Nafuki
“Investing in Women’s Health – Vanuatu’s Experience” Keynote Speaker: Minister of Health, Hon. Jerome Ludvaune
Health and Development: Presentation by Development Partners
|10:30 – 12:30||
Leadership in maternal and reproductive health – a catalyst for accelerating progress in the Pacific
Political leadership – a catalyst for accelerating progress Dr John Ah Ching
Working with Leaders in Maternal and Neonatal Health
Nurturing emerging leaders in maternity care – the role of Midwifery
Pacific Midwifery Leadership program – experience from an awardee
Discussions – facilitated by Chair
PANEL 2: Pacific Workforce Development – current situation Chair: Dr William May / Kara Okesene-Gafa
State of the Midwifery Workforce in the Pacific
Mapping the Pacific O&G Specialist Workforce
Pacific Workforce Development – current programs
Vanuatu Midwifery Training Programme
Solomon Islands Midwifery Society
Fiji Midwifery Society
PNG Midwifery Society
PNG’s O&G Training program
Fiji’s O&G Training program
PARALLEL SESSION 1: There are 2 Groups of parallel sessions. Participants select which group they wish to join.
Group 1: Maternal Health – keys issues to address and make improvements
Chairs: Aliote Galuvakadua / Apisai Tokon
Panelists will speak for 10mins on the following topics followed by discussions
|15:40-15:50||Essential Antenatal Care – are we providing quality care? Samoan Midwife|
|15:50-16:00||The unbooked mother – do we manage her differently? Solomon Is Midwife|
|16:00-16:10||A retrospective study of Births Before Arrival (BBA) in Fiji: Aliote Galuvakadua|
|16:10-16:30||Discussions – open forum|
Group 2: Diabetes in Pregnancy
Chairs: Amanda Noovao-Hill / Tony Harry
Panelists will speak for 20 mins each on the following topics followed by discussions.
|15:40-16:00||Clinical management of Diabetes in Pregnancy – William Hague|
|16:00-16:20||A study of diabetic women in South Auckland – Kara Okesene-Gafa|
Plenary session – Groups return to main meeting room
|16:30-17:00||The impact of maternal trauma on bonding Sara Weeks|
DAY 2: MONDAY 17th July Venue: National Convention Centre
Debate with the Experts
Gynaecological diagnosis and management at the primary care levelGlen Mola
PANEL 3: Gender-based Violence (GBV) in the Pacific and its impact on women’s health and family well-being
Chairs: Rufina Latu and Swaran Naidu
GBV in Vanuatu – magnitude of the problem and national responses
A study of GBV among Health Providers in Port Moresby
The spectrum of domestic violence in professional ranks – what can we do about it?
Health sector Response to GBV – PNG experience.
PANEL 4: Family planning – its role in maternal-neonatal health
Chairs: Pushpa Nusair and Kiribati Midwife
Reaching rural women with family planning services Swaran Naidu
Vasectomy in Solomon Islands – reaching urban and rural areas jack Siwanao
Community-based family planning services – reaching remote populations Wendy Stein
Post-partum and community Implant programsGlen Mola
Establishing a Maternal Death Review System – keeping it functional and effective Rajat Gyaneshwar
1400–1515 PARALLEL SESSION 2 – Free Communication sessoins
Group 1: Quality of Care in maternal-newborn health
Chair: Jennifer Pyakalyia / John Ah Ching
Group 2: Research and Innovations to strengthen maternal-newborn care
Chair: Gunzee Gawin / Tapa Fidow
Cervical screening in Kiribati Ioanna Beiatau
A review of research projects by Master Students in O/G at UPNG Medical School Hilda Tanimia
A review of research projects by Master Students in O/G at Fiji National University Pushpa Nusair
Group 3: Supporting Good Practices in Maternity Care
Chair: Dr Baranika Temariti/ Ma’ake Tupou
Scope of Practice for Practising Midwives Aliote Galuvakadua
PSRH Biennial General Meeting, BGM (separate agenda)
Business meeting of PSRH
Cultural Night – Convention Centre Prepared by Local Organising Committee, Team Vanuatu
DAY 3: TUESDAY 18th July Venue: National Convention Centre
|07:30-08:30||Debate with the Experts
Case presentation of near-misses and maternal deaths by Vanuatu Clinicians.
Rajat Gyaneshwar, Caroline Homer, Add names of clinical midwives from Samoa/Fiji/PNG, Glen Mola
PANEL 5: CERVICAL CANCER: SCREENING AND TREATMENT OPTIONS APPROPRIATE FOR PACIFIC ISLAND COUNTRIES
Chair: Amanda Noovao-Hill / Ma’ake Tupou
Cervical cancer – Pacific data from a multi country survey and treatment in Small Island Development States (SIDS) – a systematic review Sandeep Naik and Alec Ekeroma
Cancer of Cervix – PNG situation. Mary Bagita-Vangana
Cervical Cancer – Case Presentation Tony Harry and Vanuatu Team
PANEL 6: Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment – practical and affordable options for the Pacific
Chair: Tony Harry / Moape Bavou
1030-1050 Cervical Cancer Screening in Fiji – lessons learned
1050-1110 Cervical Cancer Prevention in Australia – sharing experiences useful for Pacific settings
1110-1130 Introduction of HPV Vaccination in PNG
Glen Mola & PNG Team
1130-1150 HPV screening and HPV Vaccination in Vanuatu
Apisai Tokon and Margaret McAdam
1150-1210 HPV Vaccination as part of routine vaccination program, Fiji experience
1230-1330 LUNCH BREAK
1330-1400 Plenary session:
Customer-focused care – ethics and professionalism in the workplace
1400-1530 PARALLEL SESSION 3: Strengthening the O&G and Midwifery Societies in the Pacific
Group 1: Midwifery Societies
Chair: Kathy Gapirong / Caroline Homer
Speakers: Presidents of Midwifery Societies from PNG, Fiji, Solomon Islands
Group 2: Obstetrics & Gynaecology Societies
Chair: Tapa Fidow / Rufina Latu
Speakers: Presidents of O & G Societies in PNG and Fiji
Group 3: Health workers capacity to provide essential maternity care
1400-1420 Midwifery Training in PNG – the past, present and future – where do we go from here? Paula Puawe
1420-1440 Upskilling Program for Community Health Workers (CHW) in Emergency Maternal and Newborn Care at Mount Hagen Provincial Hospital, PNG.
1500-1530 AFTERNOON TEA
1530-1600 Plenary session: Report Back from Groups 1, 2 and 3 of Parallel Session 3 above
1600-1630 Summary: Catalysts for Accelerating Progress
Agreement for PSRH key action areas for next biennium.
1630 Official Closing of the 2017 PSRH Biennial Conference.
Closing remarks by PSRH President
Dr Rajat Gyaneshwar
Prof Caroline Homer
Dr Rufina Latu
Salausa Dr John Ah Ching
Prof Tim Draycott
Prof Judith Goh
A/Prof Swaran Naidu
Prof Glen Mola
A/Prof Nicola Hawley
Conference Registration fees are:
Nonpacific based doctors/specialists NZ$995
Nonpacific based midwives/nurses NZ$595
Pacific-based sponsored/international agencies NZ$595
Pacific based doctors/specialists NZ$395
Pacific based midwives /nurses NZ$190
Registration fees include a conference bag, conference programme, opening event and cocktail party.
Cultural night NZ$20 (Pacific-based participants)
Workshop participants NZ$20 per day
For overseas people (Opening is free )
Welcome ceremony NZ$50
Cultural Night NZ$80