Pre-Congress Workshop Programmes


(All workshop programmes remain subject to change)

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The SASREG Special Interest Group Embryology and ANARA Operational team would invite delegates attending FAM2020 to a hands-on workshop on data management in Assisted Reproduction. The workshop will introduce delegates to the importance of data collection, provide hands-on exposure to data software, and present the application and implementation of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in routine data management systems. A pre-populated ANARA dataset will be used as a working model to demonstrate the calculation of performance indicator values.

The organisers are excited to introduce Prof. Thomas Ebner, co-author of “The Vienna consensus: report of an expert meeting on the development of ART laboratory performance indicators” (, as presenter and facilitator during this workshop. Delegates are invited to bring their own laptops or tablet (Microsoft Excel compatible) for the practical sessions.

09:00 – 09:30 Workshop Registration and Welcome
09:30 – 09:50 ANARA: The need for ART data in Africa Prof S Dyer (South Africa)
09:50 – 10:10 Data management in the ART laboratory Ms L Potgieter (South Africa)
10:10 – 10:45 Panel discussion: Current status of data collection – experiences from different ART centres Facilitator: Dr P Archary (South Africa)

Panel: TBC

Guest panellist: Prof F Zegers-Hochschild (Chile)

10:45 – 11:15 Tea / Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:00 Key Performance Indicators in ART: What are competency and benchmark values and why should they be implemented? Prof T Ebner (Austria)
12:00 – 12:30 Roundtable discussion: Implementation of KPIs in the ART Unit Facilitator: Prof T Ebner (Austria)
12:30 – 13:00 Hands-on:

Exploring the ANARA software

Facilitators: Dr P Archary (S. Africa), Ms L Potgieter (South Africa)
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:40 Hands-on:

Getting to know the data (what is there and what else is needed: pre-populated ANARA dataset)

Manipulating the dataset to include all necessary information

Calculating KPIs using automated Excel formulation


Ms M Marais (South Africa), Mr G Boshoff (South Africa), Ms L Potgieter (South Africa)

15:40 – 16:00 Tea / Coffee Break (Open tea/coffee service available during hands-on sessions)
16:00 – 16:30 Hands-on:

Comparing calculated KPIs to competency and benchmark values

Additional KPIs

Facilitator: Prof T Ebner (Austria)
16:30 – 17:00 Roundtable discussion and workshop conclusion:

Going forward – Implementation at home

Facilitator: Prof T Ebner (Austria)

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We would like to invite all Fertility Nurse/Co-ordinators from around Africa to join us for a day of practical interactive discussions relating to our unique field. Delegates from the IFFS will be present to give their specialized input and to assist with setting up a Fertility Nurses’ Society within South Africa and the African continent.
09:00 – 09:30 Workshop Registration and Arrival Tea / Coffee
09:30 – 09:40 Welcome Ms H Clark (South Africa)
09:40 – 10:00 The future of fertility nursing in Africa Ms A McTavish (United Kingdom)
10:00 – 10:20 Fertility counselling: present realities and opportunities Ms Hanlie Monnery (South Africa)
10:20 – 10:40 Fertility nursing in Ghana: moving towards the future Ms Abigail Adomah (Ghana)
10:40 – 11:00 Panel discussion with speakers
11:00 – 11:30 Tea / Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:30 Generating Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) in theory and practice
11:30 – 11:50 Theory: How to write a SOP Ms A McTavish (United Kingdom)
11:50 – 12:15 Practice (in groups): How to write a SOP Facilitators: Ms A Adomah (Ghana), Ms H Clark (South Africa), Ms A McTavish (United Kingdom), Ms F Steyn (United Kingdom)
12:15 – 12:30 Feedback from the group work
12:30 – 13:15 Lunch Break
13:15 – 15:30 Addressing the diversity of patient care
13:15 – 13:45 Oocyte retrieval & embryo transfer: practical considerations Ms Lezanne Barthus (South Africa)
13:45 – 14:00 Patient counselling: Perspectives from Nigeria Ms Etang Abang (Nigeria)
14:00 – 14:30 Global developments in gamete and embryo donation: conference feedback Ms E Brenkman (South Africa) and Ms H Clark (South Africa)
14:30 – 15:00 Tea / Coffee Break
15:00 – 15:20 Surrogacy – a UK perspective Ms F Steyn (United Kingdom)
15:20 – 15:40 When pregnancies fail: support and grief counselling Ms M Rodrigues (South Africa)
15:40 – 16:00 Discussion
16:00 – 16:30 Moving towards the future: Setting up a Fertility Nurses Special Interest Group (South Africa and the African Continent) All Faculty

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07:00 – 07:30 Workshop Registration
07:30 – 11:30 Video streaming of live surgery demonstrations (four surgical cases)

· Myomectomy

· Polypectomy

· Asherman’s syndrome

Prof MH Emanuel (Netherlands)
11:30 – 12:00 Tea / Coffee Break
12:00 – 12:20 Office hysteroscopy: an introduction Dr D Kennedy (South Africa)
Office hysteroscopy: tips and tricks Dr F Olarogun (South Africa)
12:20 – 12:40 Operative hysteroscopy: material and set up Dr L Gobetz (South Africa)
12:40 – 13:00 Operative hysteroscopy: polyps, myomas, other pathology Dr S Heylen (South Africa)
13:00 – 13:45 Lunch Break
13:45 – 14:15 Keynote lecture: Centralised treatment of Asherman’s Syndrome Prof MH Emanuel (Netherlands)
14:15 – 15:00 Panel discussion with questions and answers Panelists: Prof MH Emanuel (Netherlands), Dr L Gobetz (South Africa), Dr S Heylen (South Africa), Dr D Kennedy (South Africa), Dr F Olarogun (South Africa)
15:00 – 15:30 Tea / Coffee Break
15:30 – 17:00 Dry skills laboratory: hands-on exposure to equipment Storz and Medtronic

Skills Laboratory, Red Cross Children’s Hospital (Transport to the venue will be provided)
08:00 – 08:15 Workshop Registration
08:15 – 08:30 Welcome and Introduction Prof I Siebert (South Africa)
08:30 – 10:00 Laparoscopic psycho-motoric training and testing (LASTT) exercises of GESEA program Trainers: Prof I Siebert (South Africa), Dr G Hanekom (South Africa), Dr K Kadwa (South Africa), Dr V Mpumlwana (South Africa), Mr C van Geems (South Africa)
10:00 – 10:20 Tea / Coffee Break
10:20 – 12:30 Introduction to suturing Trainers: Prof I Siebert (South Africa), Dr G Hanekom (South Africa), Dr K Kadwa (South Africa), Dr V Mpumlwana (South Africa), Mr C van Geems (South Africa)
12:30 – 13:15 Lunch Break
13:15 – 15:10 Suturing on the models
15:10 – 15:30 Tea / Coffee Break
15:30 – 17:00 Suturing training and testing (SUTT) test of the GESEA program Trainers: Prof I Siebert (South Africa), Dr G Hanekom (South Africa), Dr K Kadwa (South Africa), Dr V Mpumlwana (South Africa), Mr C van Geems (South Africa)