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Vulvodynia: a multidisciplinary approach

Date: Thursday, September 9, 2021
Time: 07:30 PM AEST - 09:00 PM AEST

Presenters: Jean Hailes for Women’s Health
Where: Online - wherever you like!

About the Webinar

A free webinar for health professionals

This webinar has been developed to improve health professionals’ knowledge and management of vulvodynia (vulval pain), a chronic pain condition affecting many women.

The webinar will cover:

  • an in-depth understanding of the condition
  • examination and consultation essentials to improve practice
  • an understanding of the process of chronic pain theory in relation to vulvodynia and its long-term mental and emotional effects
  • an understand the role of individualized, multidisciplinary treatment pathways for the management of vulval pain
  • a range of appropriate evidence-based treatment options.

The webinar aims to address gaps in practice, providing the opportunity for health professionals (GPs, nurses, specialists and a range of other health professionals) to be upskilled, develop their knowledge and confidence and, in turn, better manage the women who present with vulval pain.

Learning objectives:

By the end of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • recognise vulvodynia as a chronic pain disorder affecting many women
  • understand the role of the members of the multidisciplinary team in the management of vulval pain and when to make appropriate referrals
  • list the essential elements of a consultation with a woman who presents with vulval pain or possible vulvodynia
  • understand the process of chronic pain theory in relation to vulvodynia and its long-term mental and emotional effects
  • discuss a range of appropriate evidence-based treatment options with patients.

This webinar is activity number 276154.  It is accredited with RACGP for 3 CPD activity points.

Note: this activity does not count towards a GPs RANZCOG accreditation.



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About the Presenters

Janetta Webb
B.App.Sc.(Phty.), Post Grad. Cert. (Continence & Pelvic Floor Rehab)

Janetta Webb is a physiotherapist with an interest in the management of all types of persistent pelvic pain. She has consulted at Jean Hailes for over 15 years and is also in private practice in Melbourne. She has taught at the University of Melbourne for many years in the post-graduate physiotherapy Pelvic Floor and Continence course.

Dr Wendy Vanselow 

Women’s health GP, sex therapist

Dr Wendy Vanselow worked in community health and academic general practice before specialising in women's health. She consults at Jean Hailes for Women’s Health and since 2001 has also worked at the Royal Women’s Hospital, in the fields of menopause, psychosexual medicine and family planning. Dr Vanselow is an inaugural Fellow of the European Committee for Sexual Medicine and Head of Psychosexual Medicine since 2017. In 2017 she was also appointed Clinical Associate Professor Dept. of O&G at the University of Melbourne. Her doctoral thesis involved menstrual cycle hormone-related mood disorders. Dr Vanselow has also trained in Advanced Couple Therapy with Relationships Australia.

Dr Megan Eddy 
Specialist pain medicine physician

Dr Megan Eddy is a specialist pain medicine physician. Her experience in working with patients who suffer from persistent pain began in her earliest days working as a physiotherapist. Dr Eddy went on to study medicine, then became a general practitioner and a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. In 2018 she attained a Fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetics. Dr Eddy now works solely as a specialist pain medicine physician in her own practice with special interests in musculoskeletal and pelvic pain.

Dr Sara Whitburn 

Women’s health GP

Dr Sara Whitburn is a General Practitioner who is passionate about quality health care.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practice (FRACGP) and holds Diplomas in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Sexual and Reproductive Health. She is experienced in vulval and menopause care.  Sara works as a Medical Educator and General Practitioner at Family Planning Victoria. 

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