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Journeying through a woman's life.

The 'women's health section's seventh national conference in Wanaka in February was vibrant and informative, attended by more than 100 delegates.

Over two days, the delegates went on a journey through a woman's life from her sexual health to infertility, sexual abuse and its link with irritable bowel syndrome, unplanned pregnancy to unhappiness, pelvic pain to menopause, and all the swings and roundabouts in between. The speakers coveting these topics were for the most part local GPs, specialist doctors and clinical nurse specialists from Dunedin and Christchuch.

Three presenters competed for the Obex paper award. Capital and Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) midwife Maari Gray's topic was When birth and death collide--a curious continuity of care. Maari currently practises midwifery in abortion care with second trimester abortions.

CCDHB nurse/midwife Bronwyn Boele van Hensbroek works in an acute women's clinic. Her paper was entitled Management of first trimester miscarriage with Misprostol--clinical audit report.

The third and winning paper was by trainee nurse colposcopist at Canterbury DHB, Jill Lamb on the effect of cigarette smoking on the frequency of coloscopy and treatment, We will keep members informed about our next conference which may be held in Napier.

Report by section choir Ann Simmons

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Author:Simmons, Ann
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:Apr 1, 2009
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