Dear Colleagues,

If you have been to Sydney lately, you will notice a city under construction; everywhere there are the cranes reaching into the skies, trucks carting trailers of rubbish away from building sites from the old being knocked down, challenged and replaced with the new. This backdrop provides the inspiration for our 2017 ASM:

Surgery in O&G: Building it up, breaking it down.

Surgical gynaecology and obstetric procedures require a knowing brain, adroit hands, repetition to refine and the plasticity of experience to provide patients with perfect care. It is no longer acceptable to acquire a set of skills and stagnate at the completion of training with the constant change of procedures and the emergence of science to renew, replace and even remove entire surgical approaches into or out of our skill armamentarium.

Since only 15% of our professional lives are actually spent in training, what happens to the other 85%? How do we continue to acquire and refine procedural skills outside of ‘training’? How do we build new skillsets in a safe and dependable manner? And should credentialing of these skills (by whom, how often, with what outcomes and by what standards) be a requirement of registration in both the public and private sectors?

International Keynote speakers include Dr Kristen Matteson from Rhode Island USA, a member of the ACOG committee of gynaecology practice, author of large scale trials and systematic reviews for hysterectomy and benign gynaecological pathology whose passion for teaching and mentorship are nationally recognised. Professor Justin Clark from Birmingham UK who is world recognized expert in outpatient based care and hysteroscopic surgery, a prolific writer and teacher Justin will share his experience and advice. Finally Professor Malcolm Munro from UCLA USA whose expertise ranges from electrosurgery through to hysteroscopy, teaching methodology to gynaecological oncology (his formal training subspecialty).

Our international speakers will join an eminent Australasian contingent to take you on this provocative romp through the contemporary controversies facing our specialty. The incredibly popular new Interactive Hubs in an expanded form with greater choice, and skill acquisition will be a central feature of the new-look trade area.   We will also be hosting our black-tie gala dinner at the Hyatt Regency's Ballroom overlooking Darling Harbour for fine food and our Annual Awards ceremony including the graduation of AGES fellows and ASM awards.  The three artworks that have been created by Fiona Omeenyo and have graced the covers of our three meeting brochures for the previous year will be auctioned off, with all proceeds going to charity.  So, join us in Sydney in March 2017 to build up and break down all things surgery. Guaranteed better than a Meccano set…


A/Prof Jason Abbott
AGES Vice President
Conference Chair


A/Prof Jason Abbott 
Dr Salwan Al-Salihi
Prof Rodney Baber
Ms Ruanne Bell
Dr Sarah Choi
Dr Danny Chou
Dr Rebecca Deans
Ms Geraldine Doogue
Dr Simon Edmonds
Dr Lenore Ellet
Dr Hugo Fernandes
Dr George Hardas
Dr Rachel Green
A/Prof Martin Healey
A/Prof Russell Hogg
Dr Supuni Kapurubandara
A/Prof Krish Karthigasu
Dr Greg Keogh
Dr Surya Krishnan
A/Prof Alan Lam
Dr Ken Kew

Prof William Ledger
Dr Karen Luxford
Dr Stephen Lyons
A/Prof Harry Merkur
Dr Haider Najjar
Dr Erin Nesbitt-Hawes
Dr Yogesh Nikam
Dr John Pardey
Prof Ajay Rane OAM
Dr Emma Readman
Dr Greg Robertson
A/Prof Steve Robson
Dr Mark Ruff
Dr Stuart Salfinger
Dr Chris Smith
Dr Jim Tsaltas
Dr Thierry Vancaille
Dr Luice Wang
Dr Haryun Won
Dr Michael Wynn-Williams
A/Prof Anusch Yazdani

AGES Membership

Join or renew now for 2017 and you could save 50% on three meeting packages!*


New member benefits!

  • Increased savings on member registration fees of up to 15% and even 50% for those who have been members for three or more consecutive years*
  • Complimentary subscription to Surgical Performance self-auditing software
  • Eligibility to register for AGES Cadaveric Workshops

 Membership of AGES also includes the following:

  • Complimentary subscription to the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynaecology (formerly the AAGL Journal) or for a discounted rate the International Urogynaecology Journal
  • AGES newsletter, eSCOPE, published four times annually
  • Member access to AGES website with access to meeting presentations
  • Listing on the Membership Directory of the AGES website
  • Eligibility to apply for AGES Research Grants
  • Eligibility to apply for a position in the AGES Training Program in Gynaecological Endoscopy



Select a registration type

Triple Meeting Package - ASM, PFS & FM


Member $2440
Non-Member $2912
Registrar/Trainee Member $1016
Registrar/Trainee Non-Member $1381
Associate Members $1034
Students/Nurses/Practice Managers $1034

Single Meeting Registration ASM

Member 3+ Years $1295
Member $1295
Non-Member $1515
Registrar/Trainee Member $595
Registrar/Trainee Non-Member $755
Associate Members $490
Students/Nurses/Practice Managers $490

Double Meeting Package - ASM & PFS

Member 3+ Years $1841
Member $1841
Non-Member $2188
Registrar/Trainee Member $770
Registrar/Trainee Non-Member $1039
Associate Members $774
Students/Nurses/Practice Managers $774

Double Meeting Package - ASM & FM

Member 3+ Years $1841
Member $1841
Non-Member $2188
Registrar/Trainee Member $770
Registrar/Trainee Non-Member $1039
Associate Members $774

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Advanced Trainee Workshop

Wednesday, 1st March 2017
0800 - 1700
Hyatt Regency, Sydney 


The annual AGES Advanced Trainee Workshop will comprise of both didactic and practical sessions facilitated by prominent local and international speakers to enhance and compliment the current two year national fellowship in Advanced Gynaecological Endoscopy. This workshop is only open to Trainees currently enrolled in the AGES Trainee Program.


RANZCOG Training Supervisors Workshop

Wednesday, 1st March 2017
0900 - 1630
Hyatt Regency. Sydney


Since 2008, the RANZCOG has been conducting Training Supervisor Workshops around Australia and New Zealand for RANZCOG Fellows who are supervisors in the FRANZCOG Training Program or who are interested in becoming supervisors. Senior RANZCOG trainees interested in becoming supervisors following elevation to Fellowship are also welcome to attend. The workshop is interactive and includes discussions, videos and role plays. Limited numbers - register now to avoid missing out!

Urology for the Gynaecologist Workshop

Wednesday, 1st March 2017
1300 - 1700
Kolling Institute, St Leonards Sydney


Prior to the ASM, AGES will be running a Urology Workshop suitable for Specialists as well as Trainees. The aim of the Workshop will be to familiarise participants with common urological procedures which are essential components now in Gynaecological Surgery. The workshop will comprise of short lectures on key topics such as cystoscopy, cystotomy and repair and ureteric catheterisation. A large component of the workshop will be a “hands-on” component, which will be mentored by experienced Gynaecologists.

This workshop will be aimed at those who wish to improve their current ability to perform these procedures as well as providing the theoretical background to the appropriate use of these interventions.

Breakfast Sessions

Women in Surgery

Friday 3rd March, 2017
7.00am - 8.00am
Hyatt Regency. 

Faculty will include: Dr Rachel Green, Dr Supuni Kapurubandara, Dr Kristen Matteson & Dr Emma Readman

Surgical Self-Audit: Comparing & Sharing Data

Friday 3rd March, 2017
7.00am - 8.00am
Hyatt Regency. 

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall: Avoiding the fall when taking up a new procedure/device

Saturday, 4th March 2017.
7.00am - 8.00am
Hyatt Regency

The panel will include a senior solicitor from Avant Law, a senior Risk Advisor from Avant, Professor Ajay Rane, the Head of Advocacy and a Senior Medical Advisor/Claims Manager from Avant.




Surgery without limits is here. Anything you can possibly imaging being done surgically in the pelvis is yours for the choosing. With no risk to the woman on the table, but all the advantages of live surgery, see procedures, complications being caused and repaired, anatomy beyond any book or computer imaging and you direct what will be demonstrated.   

Fresh frozen cadaveric dissections in and out of the pelvis will be performed by Dr’s Michael Wynn-Williams and Danny Chou with exposure and explanation of side wall structures, retroperitoneal dissection and procedures that you do every day and a few more that may get you out of a critical situation. As surgeons, we can never know too much anatomy and live demonstrations of variants and procedures are a popular part of the AGES ASM. This session allows the ultimate flexibility to go where we simply have not been able to go before, to provide you with both the skills and knowledge for your practice.  

The surgical team will be ably supported by evidenced based highlights and seamlessly interlaced surgical video interspersed through the demonstrations for a total surgical immersion. And for the very first time, the audience gets to choose the shots. What you want to see, where you want to go in the pelvis, how to repair and protect is chosen by you through our digital voting system.  

Live/Dead surgery is an AGES first. Come interact with us in the New Age of AGES.  Only at the AGES Annual Scientific Meeting.  

AGES is proud to once again announce the inaugural Interactive Hubs, held in conjunction with our Industry Partners. This year's Interactive Hubs will be hosted by AGES and the following:

- Stryker & Applied Medical

- Device Technologies

- Ethicon

- Karl Storz

The Interactive Hub is the AGES Society's response to the changing needs of our members and industry partners. Industry want more than to simply show their product on a stand, they want AGES members to use their product as it is intended - at least in a simulated manner. AGES Members have frequently commented that they want more hands on training; skill acquisition and technical improvement to see immediate changes in their clinical practice.

Whilst there are many workshops available to gynaecological surgeons, none have access to the skilled faculty of the AGES membership and the multitude of products that our industry partners want to showcase for improved patient care.

The Hub experience is a Members only experience, and registrations are now open! 

**Spaces will be limited. Pre-registration is essential. No additional costs. Available to AGES Members only. 

Q&A Panel Session with Geraldine Doogue

Geraldine Doogue
is a renowned Australian journalist and broadcaster with a distinguished career in news and current affairs. She is presenter of the ABC National Radio program Saturday Extra and ABC Television’s Compass. Prior to this, she was the presenter of the ABC Radio National’s Life Matters.

In 2003, she was recognised with an Officer in the Order of Australia for services to the community and media. Geraldine is an outstanding Facilitator/MC. Her forte is facilitating panel discussions and is ideally suited to a progressive-minded audience


AGES Q&A Forum

Facilitated by Geraldine Doogue

What do our patients really think of us? Do we communicate as well as we think we do? If you have a bad social media review, is this a restriction to your practice and what can you do about it?

AGES presents an interactive panel like never before, where patients, consumer representatives, marketing gurus and the family of the women we care for have their say. About us.

Confronting, frank and personal, this is a session you simply cannot afford to miss. Directed by award winning journalist Geraldine Doogue, the panel will debate health issues that every gynaecological surgeon needs to know. From introducing yourself as a new surgeon to interacting with women and their families about complications, the panel will dissect the questions that are the cornerstone of our surgical practice.

With questions from the floor, you get to participate in what promises to be enlightening as we expose ourselves and our profession to those that really matter. Come interact with us in the New Age of AGES.”

Prizes & Awards

Best Free Communication

Sponsored by AGES


Outstanding Video Presentation

Sponsored by Device Technologies


Best Digital Communications Presentation

Sponsored by AGES


Outstanding New Presenter

Sponsored by Ethicon


Outstanding Trainee Presentation - The Platinum Laparoscope Award

Sponsored by Stryker & AGES


AGES Traveling Fellowship 2017

Sponsored by Medtronic


AGES-AAGL Exchange Lecture Program 2017

Sponsored by AGES

Social Program

Welcome Reception

Hyatt Regency, Sydney
Thursday 2nd March 2017
6.00pm – 7.00pm
Additional Tickets - AUD$60 pp

Black Tie Gala Dinner

Hyatt Regency Sydney
Friday 3rd March 2017
7.00pm - late
Ticket cost: AUD $145 pp

The Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy and Surgery (AGES) Society are proud to announce the annual AGES Society Art prize. 

Fiona Omeenyo, from the Lockhart River ‘Art Gang’, was the winner of the AGES Society Art Prize in 2016.

Fiona’s three (3) commissioned artworks, as seen below, were featured on the covers of the AGES Pelvic Floor Symposium 2016, AGES Focus Meeting 2016 and the AGES ASM 2017 brochures.

Fiona’s artworks will be auctioned off at the AGES XXVII ASM 2017 during the Black Tie Gala Awards Dinner, with the proceeds to be donated to Anti-Slavery Australia (, who are working tirelessly to abolish slavery at local, national and international levels. 




AGES is pleased to announce the winner of the AGES Society Art Prize for 2017 is Carrie Pitcher.

Carrie Pitcher is an emerging contemporary artist based in Melbourne, notable for her portraits, that are at once both representational and abstract.

Working with acrylic on canvas, she marries abstract expressionism: swathes of bold colour, and opportunistic mark making, with the narrative of the portrait.

Close-cropped composition and sheer scale create a feeling of intimacy, while layer upon layer of abstract colour impart dynamic energy as if projected across the motif—chosen for a particular quality that engages the artist’s aesthetic sensibility.

Exploring themes of feminine dynamism and identity, the figurative and the abstract are brought together in a body of work that expresses an undefined personal significance, an extension of the artist herself.

Carrie’s artworks will be distributed through various print media to a circulation of more than 6,000 doctors and health professionals. The artworks will be auctioned off at the AGES XXVIII ASM 2018.


Free Communications

AGES invites abstracts for oral, video and digital free communications at the AGES XXVII Annual Scientific Meeting 2017.

The Free Communications sessions will be held during the meeting, between the 2nd and 4th March 2017 as specified in the program (*but subject to change without notice).




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CPD Points

This meeting is a RANZCOG Approved O&G Meeting.

Eligible Fellows of this college can claim 21 points for full attendance.

If the meeting is used for critical reflection and practice improvement, PR&CRM Points can be claimed by submitting a reflection worksheet to RANZCOG.
Visit the RANZCOG Website for more information.

Future AGES Meetings


AGES/RANZCOG Trainee Workshop 2017

17th & 18th June 2017

CTEC, Perth, Western Australia




AGES Focus Meeting 2017

13th & 14th October 2017

PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore


AGES Pelvic Floor Symposium & Workshop 2017

4th & 5th August 2017

Hilton, Adelaide, South Australia 




AGES Cadaveric Workshops 2017

MERF, Brisbane 2017