Barbados Family Planning’s Sexual & Reproductive Health Conference June 24-25, 2017

The Barbados Family Planning Association will be hosting its first medical conference on Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Caribbean on June 24-25, 2017. BFPA Conference Flyer 4 (150)

Scheduled to be held at the Radisson Aquatica Hotel in Barbados, the goal of this conference is to provide an opportunity for information sharing and enhanced knowledge of current sexual and reproductive health practices, psychosocial perspectives, patient considerations and barriers to care. Topics explored include contraception, fertility, chronic disease and reproductive health, sexual transmitted infections, adolescent health and more. Health care providers, mental health professionals, health educators and others involved in the multidisciplinary care and intervention network are welcome to attend this event. The hours of this event will contribute to Continuing Professional Education credits for the participants.

The panel will feature guest presenter Helen Knox, UK’s first Outreach Clinical Nurse Specialist in Contraception and Sexual Health who is an expert in contraception and sexual health training and publications for all age groups, using exciting, motivational, and innovative ways. Her main presentation will be a special interactive workshop on Men’s Sexual Health, exploring the challenges that arise with male sexual health consultations and examinations. Helen is well-known in Barbados for her “Sexplained” column in the Better Health Magazine.

Dr. Juliet Skinner of the internationally accredited Barbados Fertility Clinic will open the medical education programme supported by a stellar faculty of the Barbadian health care providers lead by Dr. Tracy Archer, Medical Director of the Barbados Family Planning Association.


See the programme below: 

Programme: Day 1 Saturday, 24 June 2017 830am-430pm

Time Topic Speakers
8.00-8.30am Registration  
8.30-9.00 Opening Session

Opening Remarks

MOH Representative

Key Note Address

Juliette Bynoe-Sutherland, BFPA


Helen Knox, Clinical Nurse Specialist, UK

9.00-10.00 Fertility Session Dr. Juliet Skinner, Fertility Specialist, Barbados Fertility Centre
10.00-11.00 Contraception Session

·         Contraception in later years

·         LARC

·         Addressing risk with contraception

·         Current evidence on Emergency contraception

Dr. Tracy Archer, Gynaecologist


Dr. Sandra Bynoe, Gynaecologist


Dr. Alana Francis, Physician


11.00-12.00 Sexually Transmitted Infections

·                     Statistics

·                     HIV and Sexual and reproductive health


·                     Common Cases in a GP Practice


Dr. Anton Best, Senior Medical Officer of Health, MOH



Dr. Edwin Thompson, GP

12.00-1.00 Lunch  
2.00-2.30 Breastfeeding and HIV – Is Breast Always Best? Dr. Alison Bernard, Breastfeeding and Child Nutrition Foundation of Barbados
2.00-2.45 Vaginal Discharge

·         Exploring the different types of vaginal discharge.

·         What to consider, related to a sexual health consultation.

·         How to recognise the normal from the abnormal, and what their differences suggest.

Helen Knox, Clinical Nurse Specialist, UK
2.45-3.30 HPV Session

·         Managing HPV: Increase understanding and integration of immunization

·         Barbados cervical cancer screening guidelines/protocol


Dr. Carlos Chase, Gynaecologist



Dr. Karen Broome. Senior Medical Officer of Health, MOH

3.30-4.30 Special Session: Alternative Genders

·         Physician client interaction

·         Breaking down barriers to care

Dr. Walter Alleyne, GP, MOH


Programme – Day 2 Sunday, 25 June 2017 830am-400pm


 Time Topic Speakers
800-8.30am Registration  
8.30-9.30 Adolescent Sexual Health

·         Contraception

·         Access to care

·         Who educates on sexual health

Physicians to be confirmed


Keriann Hurley (BFPA)

9.30-10.15 Understanding Relationships – Why does sexual health education fail- Interactive Session Janelle Chase Mayers, Creative Systemic Therapist
10.15-11.00 Medical Termination of Pregnancy Dr. Tracey Archer, Gynaecologist
11.00-11.45 Painful Sex & The Pelvic Floor Jasmine Evelyn, Physiotherapist
11.45-12.45 Lunch  
12.45-2.00 Men’s Sexual Health – A combined presentation and interactive workshop.

·         An overview of the stereotypical male, versus the individual male

·         Exploring our feelings and fears when dealing with male sexual health consultations and examinations.

·         What to ask, and why, when taking a man’s sexual history.

Helen Knox, Clinical Nurse Specialist, UK
2.00-2.45 Vasectomy

Erectile Dysfunction

Urologist to Be Announced

Concurrent Session

Chronic Disease & Reproductive Health

·         Reproductive mental health

·         Contraceptive care for patients with chronic disease

·         Obesity and contraception


Dr. Arianne Bennett, Physician



Dr. Kamara Odle Cummins, Gynaecologist


Concurrent Session

Nursing session

·         Bringing up the topic of contraception and sexual health

·         How to assess whether a woman is at risk of pregnancy

·         Identify when your patient is at risk of an STI

·         When to refer


Helen Knox, Clinical Nurse Specialist, UK

Local Public Health Nurses to be announced




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