The Latrobe Health Assembly, in partnership with the Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia, are proud to announce that Latrobe Valley will host the National Pelvic Pain Conference 2022; a conference that will bring leading health experts and researchers to the region with local and national specialists to update their knowledge to provide patients best-practice management to this debilitating condition.
Hosted at the Gippsland Performing Arts Centre, Traralgon, on Friday 30th September and Saturday 1st October, the National Pelvic Pain Conference 2022 will cover a range of topics including the causes and available treatment of pelvic pain, with a focus on Endometriosis, the Neuroscience of Pelvic Pain, and the Multi-Disciplinary Approach to treatment. The National Pelvic Pain Conference 2022 is a health practitioner-training conference, developed by leading experts in the field to provide practical management of a wide range of pelvic pain conditions.
Latrobe Valley has been selected as the location for the National Pelvic Pain Conference 2022 thanks to a pilot program implemented in 2020 as an initiative of the Latrobe Health Innovation Zone. Community Board Member Ange Gordon explained “Through conversations within the Latrobe Health Assembly it was identified that there was a large gap in pelvic pain education here in the Latrobe Valley”.
The pilot program was delivered in eight secondary schools and two community sessions in Latrobe and reached large numbers of students and teachers, including participation from principals, school counsellors, nurses and parents. The PPEP talks program aimed to empower and support Latrobe teenagers who suffer severe period pain, pelvic pain, and endometriosis by supplying medically responsible information in a positive and interactive session to improve their knowledge of their bodies and help them take care of their physical and mental health.
“I was excited to be involved with the pilot program and now look forward to the program returning to Kurnai College and other local schools in October 2022”, Ange added.
The two-day National Pelvic Pain Conference will highlight the capability of Latrobe Valley to host a high-profile health event and showcase the region as a place to visit, explore and stay, with a focus on tourism and workforce attraction. Latrobe Health Assembly Chair and Registered Critical Care Nurse, Ms Tanya Rong, said, “This is such an exciting opportunity for Latrobe Valley to showcase the strengths of our region, and provide health professionals with a fascinating array of multi-disciplinary speakers to learn best practice in management of pelvic pain conditions. It demonstrates the success of collaboration and partnerships within the Latrobe Health Innovation Zone, and a commitment to improving the health of not only the people of Latrobe, but across Australia”.
The National Pelvic Pain Conference 2022 will be held on September 30 and October 1 at the Gippsland Performing Arts Centre, Traralgon. Early-bird ticket prices are on sale now up until August 19 and health industry providers can register at www.healthassembly.org.au/ppc22.