November 22, 2022

Dr Emily Twidale and Dr Alison Bryant-Smith: Onwards and Upwards

Northern Health Gynaecologists, Dr Emily Twidale and Dr Alison Bryant-Smith, were honoured at the recent Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy and Surgery (AGES) Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM).

Emily won the prize for Best Free Communication on her research into MACH: Methoxyflurane Analgesia for Conscious Hysteroscopy. Alison was awarded the AGES/Medtronic Travelling Fellowship.

“Pain management is an important component in delivering a patient-centred outpatient hysteroscopy service, and Emily’s research adds to our knowledge in this area,” said Dr Josephine Vivian-Taylor, Head of Gynaecology at Northern Health.

Alison will visit both Belgium and the UK in 2023, to learn how to implement the widely-regarded Gynaecological Endoscopic Surgical Education and Assessment (GESEA) education program to Australian gynaecology trainees, starting with those at Northern Health.

As Josephine points out, “Innovation in surgical skills education has become an important aspect of gynaecology training, at a time of reduced operative case numbers and increasing adoption of minimally invasive surgery in gynaecology.”

Both Emily and Alison recently completed their two-year Fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic Gynaecological Surgery.

“The skills they bring to Northern Health will allow the Gynaecology Unit to offer more advanced laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery,” Josephine said.

“They are keen to develop an Endometriosis Service, an outpatient Hysteroscopy Service, and support the education and training of our obstetrics and gynaecology trainees and other consultants in Laparoscopic Gynaecological Surgery.”

Fittingly the theme of the ASM was ‘Onwards and Upwards’.

Featured images: Dr Emily Twidale Dr Alison Bryant-Smith.