The International Evidence-Based Guideline for the Assessment and Management of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. That’s what’s happening!

While Rhonda and Rob have been largely involved in the Asian propagation of the Guideline, others have been involved in many other parts of the world. A heartfelt thanks to all involved with the Guideline and its dissemination, your work has been incredible. 

ASIA

Vietnam
Such was the interest, our team was given many opportunities to talk about the Guideline – from its complex background, to the actual recommendations, and the translation into various resources for both consumers and healthcare professionals. The Vietnamese have already translated the Guideline into their language and shared it with most of the doctors who work with PCOS.

In Vietnam, Dr Rhonda Garad presents ‘Why is research translation needed?’.

China
The same trip took Rhonda and Rob to Harbin, China to the Chinese Reproductive Medicine Society. A short trip turned problematic when Rhonda was held up in Shanghai due to a typhoon and was therefore unable to give her talk. Although disappointed not to have addressed the Society, Rhonda had the opportunity to meet some of the most important and influential players in the Chinese area.

Rob gave her talk instead and coordinated a meeting in the evening with Professor Li Rong, from Beijing Peking Third University to discuss translation of the Guideline into the Chinese environment. Currently, the Chinese do not see a great impetus in working directly with patients, but rather to educate the doctors; this is an area where we can have great influence and we are continuing to work with them on that. There is large interest in the ‘first of its kind’ PCOS App newly-developed for the Guideline; much thought is going into the challenge of who and how it will be translated into Chinese.

India
Dr Duru Shar in Mubai is doing a fantastic job of sharing the Guideline across India and is arranging a series of Webinars that may involve some of our senior players. The Indian PCOS Society is highly organised, has excellent education and there is great interest in PCOS across all the obstetricians and gynaecologists in the country. Dr Duru Shar is incredibly organised and is an example to us all.

USA

Kathy Hoegar, Michael Costello and Joop Laven spoke at ASRM and Helena, Anuja Dokras and Joop at US Endo with Paediatric presentations from Selma Witchel and others.

AFRICA

Nigeria
Rob Norman also went to Nigeria to talk about the CRE and PCOS Guideline, again with great interest from the Nigerian doctors who were present. Very little has been written about PCOS from Sub -Saharan Africa and Rob spent a lot of time trying to encourage people to document the presentation, complications and treatments that are offered. All of the doctors agreed that it was extremely common but not investigated.

Cape Town
Helena, Joop and Selma Witchel spoke at Cape Town at the International Congress of Endocrinology

EUROPE

Many meetings in Europe included ESHRE involving Helena, Joop, Terhi and Rob, and our international expert panel. The guideline featured at the AEPCOS meeting in Sweden.

AUSTRALIA

Endocrine Society, Fertility Society, General Practice and many other groups in allied health and public health have heard guideline presentations.

WORLD DOMINATION!

While Rhonda and Rob have been largely involved in the Asian propagation of the Guideline, others have been involved in many other parts of the world. A heartfelt thanks to all involved with the Guideline and its dissemination, your work has been incredible.

To keep up the momentum and to deliver the Guideline to those who may not have heard about it (those living under a rock for the past six months!), we have a bank of excellent, professionally produced slides that are available to anyone to use; you can contact Rhonda if you don’t already have access to them.

The talks and encouragement to use the Guideline are not restricted to the Chief Investigators or indeed just the Associated investigators, but are available to everybody.