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Invited Speakers

Rod BaberRod Baber

Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney

Rod Baber is Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney and is Head of the Menopause and Menstrual disorders clinic at Royal North Shore Hospital. 

He is President of The International Menopause Society and a Past President of The Australasian Menopause Society. He is also Chair of The Medical Advisory Board of Family Planning NSW, Associate Editor of The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and a member of the Editorial Board of Climacteric, the Journal of the International Menopause Society.

Rod is a regular presenter at National and International meetings, has contributed to several books and has a large number of peer reviewed publications to his credit.

In 2013 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recognized his contribution to the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology with the award of The Distinguished Service Medal.


Tim BatesClinical Associate Professor Tim Bates

Consultant General Medicine & Stroke,
Director Of Physician Training (Midland)
St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals

Clin A/Prof graduated from UWA in 1996 and proceeded to complete internships and residences at Royal Perth Hospital. Thereafter he spent a year training in the United Kingdom, before completing physician training in Western Australia. As part of this training he undertook specialty training in the area of clinical lipidology with a special interest in genetic dyslipidemias and cardiac imaging. As a consultant he has held positions at Royal Perth and Swan District Hospitals before moving to the new St John Of God Midland Public and Private Hospital in 2015. Currently Clin A/Prof Bates practises in the area of general medicine, stroke medicine and clinical lipidology. He has publications in all three areas. Outside of clinical medicine he holds adjunct status at UWA, is a member of the RACP training committee for general and acute medicine as well as the National Examination panel, as well as being the chair of basic Physician Training in WA.


Deborah BatesonClinical Associate Professor Deborah Bateson

Medical Director
Family Planning NSW

Deborah Bateson is the Medical Director of Family Planning NSW and has worked in the area of reproductive and sexual health for over 18 years as a clinician, researcher and educator. She holds the honorary titles of Clinical Associate Professor in the Discipline of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology at the University of Sydney and Adjunct Professor at the Australian Research Centre for Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University. Deborah is the current Chair of the Australasian Sexual Health Alliance and a board member of the Australasian Menopause Society. Her current main areas of interest are in contraception (in particular LARC methods), cervical screening and sexual risk taking amongst older women and men using internet dating. She is the co-author of the latest edition of Contraception: an Australian Clinical Practice Handbook which will be published at the end of 2016.


Lawrie J BeilinEmeritus Professor Lawrie J Beilin AO – Chairman

School of Medicine & Pharmacology
Royal Perth Hospital Campus, University of Western Australia
Qualifications: MBBS(Lond), MD, MA, FRCP, FRACP, FCSANZ

Emeritus Professor Lawrie Beilin has been  Professor of Medicine in the School of Medicine & Pharmacology at the Royal Perth Hospital Campus, University of Western Australia since 1977 and has been engaged in research into cardiovascular disease over 48 years beginning in London and Oxford.

He has been responsible for major advances in understanding the role of diet and lifestyle in high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. For his contributions to medical education and research, he was awarded the Prime Minister’s Centenary Medal in 2001 and the Officer of the Order of Australia in the General Division (AO) in 2003. Professor Beilin was President of the International Society of Hypertension from 2002 to 2004. He continues as research supervisor and mentor with interests in the developmental origins of disease and population clinical trials in the healthy elderly.


Kathy BriffaAssociate Professor Kathy Briffa

Faculty of Health Services, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science
Curtin University

Associate Professor Kathy Briffa spent 12 years in clinical practice as a physiotherapist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and in private practice before she commenced her research career with PhD studies in Western Australia. She followed this with post-doctoral training in the Bone and Mineral Research Program at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney. Her research has primarily related to the value of various aspects of a healthy lifestyle in the prevention and treatment of disease. Much of this research has focused on osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and more recently continence and women’s health.
She has published over 100 original research papers, written four book chapters and has many abstracts in conference proceedings. She currently supervises four PhD and one MPhil students and has supervised 15 PhD students and to completion. Her coursework teaching areas are Evidence Based Practice and Physiotherapy Research.


Dr Jonathan Chan

St Charles Gardner Hospital


Jennifer ConnAssociate Professor Jennifer Conn

The Royal Women’s Hospital & The Royal Melbourne Hospital

Associate Professor Jennifer Conn is an endocrinologist at The Royal Women's and The Royal Melbourne Hospitals in Melbourne. She trained at The Royal Melbourne Hospital as well as at The Middlesex and University College London Hospitals in London. Her clinical interests in menopause medicine include premature menopause and Turner syndrome. She also has a strong interest in diabetes, especially type 1 diabetes, insulin pump therapy, diabetes in pregnancy and mental health issues in diabetes. She is currently completing an eight-year term as a member of the Council of the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS). A former secondary school teacher, Jennifer has a post-graduate degree in medical education, and is actively involved in health professional and patient education. She is the Chair of the Health Professional Education Committee of the ADS.


Sonia DavisonDr Sonia Davison

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Womens Health Program
Alfred Hospital, Monash University

Dr Sonia Davison is currently an NH&MRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Women's Health Program, Alfred Hospital, Monash University where she is undertaking a study of the effects of testosterone on cognition in women.

She is an Endocrinologist in Private Practice at the Jean Hailes Foundation for Women's Health with interests in gynaecological and general endocrinology.
Sonia completed a PhD in 2006 examining androgen levels in 1423 Victorian women and their relationships with age, wellbeing, sexual function, natural and surgical menopause.


Peter EbelingProfessor Peter Ebeling AO

Professor Peter Ebeling AO is Head, Department of Medicine, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University. He was inaugural Director of the Australian Institute of Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS). In 2015, he was made an Officer of the General Division of the Order of Australia for distinguished service in the field of bone health.

Research interests include musculoskeletal health and diseases; public health aspects of vitamin D, including effects on muscle function, bone and diabetes; post-transplantation osteoporosis; and osteoporosis in men. Professor Ebeling was Associate Editor of Journal of Bone and Mineral Research from 2008-2012. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of Osteoporosis International and is Editor of Clinical Endocrinology (Oxf) and Editor-in-Chief of Bone Reports. He is Medical Director of Osteoporosis Australia; Board Member, International Osteoporosis Foundation; Past-President, Endocrine Society of Australia; Past-President of the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society; and Past-Councillor, American Society of Bone and Mineral Research, only the third Australian to be elected. He was on the NHMRC Academy from 2009-2014 and NHMRC Research Committee from 2015-2018. He has over 280 peer-reviewed publications, including in the New England Journal of Medicine, PNAS (USA) and Science. He also teaches and mentors medical students, and supervises a number of Research Higher Degree students, and advanced physician trainees in Endocrinology.


Jane ElliiotDr Jane Elliott

General Practitioner

Dr Jane Elliott is a general practitioner, with a long standing special interest in women’s health, including infertility, menopause and osteoporosis.  She is a partner in a general practice in North Adelaide and has been involved in setting up two women’s health centres in Adelaide. She is a clinical senior lecturer in the Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Adelaide and is involved in teaching medical students at the university and also general practice education. She has been involved in many clinical research trials in all areas of women’s health including menopause, contraception, osteoporosis and low libido. She has published papers in the areas of menopause and managing GP consultations in women’s health.

Jane is a Past President of the Australasian Menopause Society and is a member of the Medical and Scientific committee of Osteoporosis Australia.


Anna FentonDr Anna Fenton

Anna is a Gynaecological Endocrinologist working at Christchurch Women’s Hospital and Southern Women’s Health, Christchurch, New Zealand. She has served on the board of Osteoporosis New Zealand and is currently the clinical leader for the Canterbury District Health Board Bone Density Service. She has special interests in the management of premature ovarian insufficiency and the treatment of women after gynaecological cancer. She is co-editor-in-chief of Climacteric, the journal of the International Menopause Society and Immediate Past President of the Australasian Menopause Society.


Craige HassedAssociate Professor Craig Hassed

Department of General Practice

Associate Professor Craig Hassed works at the Department of General Practice and is coordinator of mindfulness programs at Monash University. His teaching, research and clinical interests include mindfulness-based stress management, mind-body medicine, meditation, health promotion, integrative medicine and medical ethics. Craig is regularly invited to speak and run courses in Australia and overseas in health, professional and educational contexts. He was the founding president of the Australian Teachers of Meditation Association and is a regular media commentator.

He writes regularly for medical journals and has published eleven books; “New Frontiers in Medicine” (Volumes 1 and 2), “Know Thyself” on mindfulness-based stress management, “The Essence of Health” on the lifestyle approach to health and chronic illness, a textbook co-authored with Kerryn Phelps, “General Practice: the integrative approach”, a book written with Stephen McKenzie, “Mindfulness for Life”, a book written with Richard Chambers, “Mindful Learning” on the role of mindfulness in education, a book on epigenetics titled "Playing the genetic hand life dealt you" and most recently, "The Mindful Home", written with Deirdre Hassed.


Tim HewittDr Timothy Hewitt

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Dr Timothy Hewitt is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon.  He is a graduate of the University of Western Australia.  After completing his plastic surgery training in Perth he was appointed the Royal Australasian CranioMaxillofacial Fellow and undertook interstate and overseas fellowships.

His fellowship positions were at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Women and Children’s Hospital and the Australia Craniofacial Unit in Adelaide, Sahlgrenska University Hospital and Specialist Kliniken Sweden and Lower Hutt Hospital, Wellington New Zealand.

He now works as a Craniofacial Surgeon at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Royal Perth Hospital and in his private practice at St John of God Hospital Subiaco.

In 2011 Tim took out the title for the WAtoday2011 Rottnest Channel Swim.


Martha HickeyProfessor Martha Hickey

Obstetrics and Gynaecology
University of Melbourne

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Melbourne and Adjunct Professor of OBGYN at Yale University, CT. In her clinical practice she runs the menopause services at The Women's Hospital, Melbourne.

She initially trained as a Clinical Psychologist in the UK and then qualified in medicine in 1990 from the University of Bristol. She completed her specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2000 at Imperial College School of Medicine, London. She then moved permanently to Australia. Professor Hickey is an experienced clinician researcher in gynaecology.

Her main areas of interest are abnormal uterine bleeding and menopause. In the field of menopause she runs a large clinical service, offering unique multidisciplinary care for women with menopausal symptoms following a cancer diagnosis.

She has clinical and research interests in the development of non-hormonal treatments for menopausal symptoms and in the mechanisms of abnormal bleeding in women using sex steroids for contraception or HRT.  


David IserDr David Iser

Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist
St Vincent’s Private Hospital

Dr David M Iser is a Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist with 10 years clinical experience in Gastroenterology. His special interests include Viral Hepatitis Treatment (Hepatitis B & Hepatitis C), Bowel Cancer Screening, Reflux Disease and new treatments in Irritable Bowel Disease.

Dr Iser obtained his Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Melbourne, graduating in 1997 with Honours. He was admitted to the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2004, specializing in Gastroenterology.

His public hospital appointments include the Alfred Hospital, where he is a VMO Gastroenterologist in the Infectious Diseases Clinic, and St Vincent's Hospital. Dr Iser is also a part of various research activities, including ongoing research in the treatment of Acute Hepatitis C, as well as the use of FibroScan (a non-invasive measure of liver stiffness now available in Melbourne), particularly in HIV and HBV. Dr Iser has also published multiple papers in various peer-reviewed journals.


Michael McClungDr Michael McClung

Founding Director
Oregon Osteoporosis Centre

Michael R. McClung, MD is widely known as an educator, translating clinical research information into practical strategies of evaluation and treatment for other physicians. Dr. McClung is internationally recognized expert in the fields of osteoporosis and bone density testing. He is the founding director of the Oregon Osteoporosis Center. His Center has been involved in many of the important clinical studies that resulted in the availability of the medications now used to treat osteoporosis and Paget’s disease of bone. He has published more than 200 papers and book chapters, is co-editor of a book for clinicians about disorders of bone and mineral metabolism and is a member of the editorial boards for several journals in his field.

He is an active member of multiple international societies focusing on bone diseases and their treatment. He serves as a member of the Council of Scientific Advisors for the International Osteoporosis Foundation, on the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Osteoporosis Foundation, and as a medical advisor for the Paget Foundation.


Joseph ProiettoProfessor Joseph Proietto AM

University of Melbourne

Professor Joseph Proietto is an Endocrinologist specialising in Diabetes and Obesity.  He is a world-renowned investigator of the management of obesity.  Professor Proietto established the first public obesity clinic in Victoria at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and is now Head of the Weight Control Clinic at Austin Health.  He is a senior specialist at the Austin Health Endocrinology Clinic.  He is a past President of the Australian and New Zealand Society Obesity Society (ANZOS).


Hugh StephensHugh Stephens

Dialogue Consulting

Hugh has been interested in the intersection between healthcare and social media for some years now, both as a researcher and in its ability to change the way that we provide healthcare. Hugh once attempted to study medicine, but fell in love with professional communications and became side-tracked into technology. He is also conducting research into the use of social media within the health sector in Australia.

For 6 years now, Hugh has worked on the External Advisory Board of the Mayo Clinic’s Center for Social Media based in the USA, encouraging health organisations and professionals worldwide to embrace social media technologies. Hugh is currently working with a startup aiming to use technology to improve the way that patients and GP’s (and perhaps one day specialists) communicate.


Amanda VincentClinical Associate Professor Amanda Vincent

Monash health and Monash University

Clinical A/Prof Amanda Vincent is a Consultant Endocrinologist with the Department of Endocrinology, Monash Health, Clayton, working in the Menopause Clinic, Osteoporosis clinic and the Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism Unit. She has previously worked as an Endocrinologist at The Women's Menopausal Symptoms after Cancer Clinic, Melbourne.

Clinical A/Prof Vincent is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Monash University's Centre for Health Research and Implementation, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Her research interests include both clinical research and education projects with a particular interest in early/premature menopause and Turner syndrome. 

She is treasurer and President –Elect of the Australasian Menopause Society and an Associate Editor of Climacteric


Beverley VollenhovenAssociate Professor Beverley Vollenhoven

Monash University

Associate Professor Vollenhoven is a Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility specialist. She is Head of Gynaecology at Monash Health, Deputy Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Monash University and a clinician at Monash IVF. At Monash Health she is the Head of the Contraceptive Counselling Clinic, a Reproductive Endocrinologist at the Menopause Clinic and the Long Term Follow Up Clinic Of Children with Cancer.

Assoc Prof Beverley Vollenhoven has a sub-specialty qualification in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI) with her areas of clinical interest being infertility, PCOS, eating disorders, paediatric and adolescent gynaecology and menopause. She also has a clinical and research interest in the cause and treatment of uterine fibroids (leiomyomas). Her other research interests are infertility, particularly IVF, ovulation and ovulation disorders, Turner's syndrome and menopause.

Assoc Prof Beverley Vollenhoven has more than 120 publications in both journals and books.