Media Advisory – Over 700 Women’s Health Experts Meet in Vancouver, June 21-25

Ottawa, June 15, 2011 –

WHY: The 67th Annual Clinical Meeting of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC). Leading international and Canadian experts will meet to discuss the latest knowledge and advances in women’s health and in the practice of obstetrics and gynaecology.WHO: Over 700 delegates including obstetricians and gynaecologists, family physicians, general practitioners, nurses, midwives, residents, medical students and international health experts.

WHAT: Five days of sessions covering topics in women’s health, including the latest research relating to pregnancy, menopause, sexual health, contraception, and gynaecology.

WHEN: June 21-25, 2011
7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (PST)

WHERE: The Westin Bayshore
1601 Bayshore Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Members of the media are invited to attend this event. Please register on-site at the SOGC Registration Desk. For complete event program information, visit www.sogc.org/cmes/acm2011/english . Please note that the media are able to attend all symposia but cannot be present at best practice sessions or post-graduate courses. However, media interviews with faculty members can be arranged.

Media Highlights

International Indigenous Women’s Health Symposium
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
On National Aboriginal Day, we will explore Indigenous women’s health experiences at home and around the world, under the theme “Providing culturally-safe health services – an individual responsibility and a community experience”. Working on health initiatives in low-resources countries often brings a sudden recognition of the need to adapt delivery of services to suit cultural differences. Similar leaning opportunities are presented to us here in Canada, within both urban and rural Aboriginal populations, where patients are seeking high quality medical care while striving to maintain traditional beliefs and customs around health and wellbeing.

• 16 June 2011 = Publication of a new policy statement on the sexual and reproductive health rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis women and youth
• 21 June 2011 = Launch of the new AboriginalSexualHealth.ca website

The following spokespersons will be available for comment:

• Dr. Don Wilson, is a member of the Heiltsuk Nation from the North-Central coast of British Columbia. His First Nations ancestry also includes connections with the Haisla and Kitasoo tribes on the British Columbia coast. He serves as co-chair of the SOGC’s Aboriginal Health Initiatives Committee. Dr. Don Wilson is currently practicing general obstetrics and gynaecology in Comox, British Columbia, on Vancouver Island.
• Dr. Sandra de la Ronde, is co-chair of the SOGC’s Aboriginal Health Initiatives Committee. In the last 10 years, her practice has focused on providing perinatal care to socially disadvantaged women especially those with substance dependence. At this time, she is on her way from Calgary to the Wabano Centre in Ottawa to assist in expanding their perinatal programme for Aboriginal women.
• Dr. André Lalonde, Executive Vice-President of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada

New clinical practice guideline: Ultrasound in Twin Pregnancies

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada wants Canadian women to better understand that carrying twins requires greater monitoring, primarily through the use of ultrasonographic technology.

The following spokespersons will be available for comment:

• Dr. Lucie Morin, Principal author of the new guideline, Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Montreal, and a full-time member at the Ste-Justine University Hospital Center.
• Dr. Kenneth Lim, Principal author of the new guideline, full-time member of the BC Women’s Hospital team, and Clinical Associate Professor – Maternal Fetal Medicine – at the University of British Columbia.
• Dr. Ahmed Ezzat, President of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. Dr. Ezzat is currently a Clinical Professor at the University of Saskatchewan and has a varied practice in Saskatoon. He has a special interest in obstetric ultrasound with accredited certification by the Fetal Medicine Foundation (UK) for performance of early ultrasound screening for fetal aneuploidy (nuchal translucency scan).

Product Launch: Sex Quest – New online Facebook game

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada will be launching its new online Facebook application to help Canadians learn about healthy sexuality, contraception and STIs (with an emphasis HPV). Our goal is to do so in a fun and entertaining way, maximizing today’s new social media outlets. Inspired by the age of chivalry, this interactive game allows you to “level up” through the social ranks, from that of peasant to various levels of nobility (squire, knight, baron/baroness, duke/duchess, prince/princess, etc.) by successfully answering trivia questions.

The following spokesperson will be available for comment:

• Dr. Amanda Black, active member of the SOGC’s Contraception Awareness Program Working Group. Dr. Black is an obstetrician/gynaecologist who serves as an Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Ottawa. She works at the Ottawa General Hospital as well as CHEO. She completed a fellowship in Contraception and Pediatric Gynecology at Queen’s University and a Masters of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.

About the SOGC

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) is one of Canada’s oldest national specialty organizations. Established in 1944, the Society’s mission is to promote excellence in the practice of obstetrics and gynaecology and to advance the health of women through leadership, advocacy, collaboration, outreach and education. The SOGC represents obstetricians/gynaecologists, family physicians, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals working in the field of sexual reproductive health. For more information, visit www.sogc.org.

For further information:
Media Contact

Natalie Wright
Director of Communications and Public Education, SOGC
Tel: (613) 730-4192 or 1-800-561-2416, extension 366

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