RACGP: Integrative approaches to women's health

Event Name RACGP: Integrative approaches to women's health
Start Date 17 Nov 2018 10:30 am
End Date 17 Nov 2018 6:00 pm
Duration 7 hours and 30 minutes

Women commonly use complementary medicines for common health conditions, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), menopause and dysmenorrhoea.

This RACGP Specific Interest active learning module (ALM) aims to increase GPs confidence in managing menstrual disorders, PCOS and menopause according to the latest best practice recommendations. GPs will receive information to provide women with the best available evidence on efficacy and effectiveness of complementary and integrative therapies to facilitate an informed decision. This workshop will ensure GPs are familiar with potential adverse events relating to commonly used complementary medicines.

This ALM is accredited for 40 Category 1 Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development points for the 2017–19 triennium.

Learning outcomes

  • Diagnose and manage menstrual disorders, PCOS and menopause according to latest best practice recommendations
  • Provide women with the best available evidence on efficacy and effectiveness of integrative therapies in order to facilitate an informed decision
  • Counsel patients on the potential risks of commonly used integrative therapies


  • DR CAROLYN EE, GP and Senior Research Fellow, Jacka Foundation Integrative Medicine Program, NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University.
  • ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR VICKI KOTSIRILOS AM, GP and Adjunct Associate Professor at NICM Health Research Institute, Monash University and La Trobe University.
  • DR PAULETTE MAROUN, Gynaecologist and member of the Australian Gynaecology Endoscopy Society (AGES) and Asia Pacific Endometriosis Alliance (APEA).


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  • Registration desk open, 10am
  • Opening session commences, 10.30am
  • Session 1, Menstrual disorders including PCOS, Dysmenorrhoea, Endometriosis,PMS - diagnosis, new guidelines, medical management, 11am
  • Lunch, 12.30pm
  • Session 2, Application of Evidence based lifestyle, non-drug treatments and drug treatments for menstrual disorders, 1.30pm
  • Session 3, Yoga and mindfulness therapies for women’s health conditions, 3pm
  • Afternoon Tea, 3.30pm
  • Session 4, Integrative management of the menopause, and shared decision making, 4pm
  • Final session concludes, 6pm


17 November, 2018 from 10.30am to 6pm


NICM Health Research Institute, Ground Floor, Building J
Western Sydney University,Westmead Campus
158-160 Hawkesbury Road, Westmead NSW


  • RACGP members A$250
  • RACGP non-members A$360


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