BFPA’s Sexual and Reproductive Health

Sexual and Reproductive Health Conference

Presented by the Barbados Family Planning Association

Saturday 24 June – Sunday 25 June 2017

Radisson Aquatica Resort – Barbados

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Good sexual and reproductive health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being in all matters relating to the reproductive system. It implies that people are able to have a satisfying and safe sex life, the capability to reproduce, and the freedom to decide if, when, and how often to do so. (UNFPA).

The Barbados Family Planning Association presents its first medical conference on Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Caribbean. 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 and more. A special emphasis will be placed on “barriers to care” and consideration of “alternative genders”. Speakers include guests from the Caribbean Region, UK and USA supported by special presentations from International NGOs.

Doctors, nurses, midwives, health educators, mental health professionals, social workers and other interested persons in the multidisciplinary care and intervention network are welcome to attend this event. Continuing professional education credit is available.


  • To influence the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of health care providers in their practice of sexual and reproductive health interventions
  • To promote the standardization of sexual and reproductive health practices
  • To advocate for the use of evidence-based interventions in practice to ultimately improve patient care and outcomes
  • To explore current practices in the approach to gender and health

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


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


Juliette Bynoe-Sutherland, Executive Director, BFPA


Dr. Joy St. John, Chief Medical Officer, MOH


Key Note Address:

Helen Knox, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Sexual and Reproductive Health, UK

9.00-10.00 Sexually Transmitted Infections Session

·         Statistics – Current Situation – STIs in Barbados

·         Common Cases in a GP Practice


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

Dr. Shanae Gill, Medical Director, BFPA

10.00-10.15 Break/ Sponsors’ Exhibits  
10.15-11.15 Fertility Session

The impact of age on fertility potential. Therapeutic options available and best practice guidelines

Dr. Juliet Skinner, Fertility Specialist, Barbados Fertility Centre
11.15-12.15 Contraception Session


·         Contraception in later years


·         Long Acting Reversible Contraception


·         Current evidence on Emergency contraception



Dr. Sandra Bynoe,



Dr. Felix Gittens, Physician


Dr. Alana Francis, Physician


12.15-1.15 Lunch  
1.15-2.00 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
2.00-2.30 Painful Sex and the Pelvic Floor Jasmine Evelyn, Physiotherapist
2.30-3.15 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

3.15-3.25 Break/ Sponsors’ Exhibits  
3.25-4.25 Special Session: Alternative Genders

·         Physician client interaction

·         Breaking down barriers to care

·         Other considerations



Dr. Walter Alleyne, GP, MOH


Peer Educators, BFPA





Programme – Day 2 Sunday, 25 June 2017 830am-430pm

 Time Topic Speakers
800-8.30am Registration  
8.30-8.50 Special Presentation: Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Caribbean Ms. De-Jane Gibbons, Assistant Representative, UNFPA
8.50-9.50 Adolescent Sexual Health

·         Contraception in adolescence


·         Who educates on sexual health?



Dr. Courtney Yarborough


Keriann Hurley (BFPA), Social Worker

9.50-10.35 Understanding Relationships – Why does sexual health education fail- Interactive Session Janelle Chase Mayers, Creative Systemic Therapist
10.35-10.45 Break/ Sponsor’s Exhibits  
10.45-11.30 Medical Termination of Pregnancy Dr. Tracy Archer, Gynaecologist
11.30-12.15 Protective Value of Breastfeeding in Reproductive Health Dr. Alison Bernard, Breastfeeding and Child Nutrition Foundation of Barbados
12.15-1.15 Lunch  
1.15-2.00 Men’s Sexual Health

Vasectomy – uptake in Barbados

Erectile Dysfunction

Dr. Jerry Emtage, Urologist
2.00-3.15 Men’s Sexual Health – Presentation & 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
3.15-3.25 Break/ Sponsors’ Exhibits  

Concurrent Session

Chronic Disease & Reproductive Health

·         Contraceptive care for patients with chronic disease

·         Obesity and contraception




Dr. Arianne Harvey, Physician


Dr. Kamara Odle Cummins, Gynaecologist


Concurrent Session

Nursing session – Presentation & Interactive Workshop

·         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

·         Contact Tracing

·         When to refer




Helen Knox, Clinical Nurse Specialist, UK


Larone Highland, Senior Public Health Nurse








Registration (includes lunch, coffee break, conference materials etc)

Full conference (2 days): BDS$350 – Physicians

1 Day conference: BDS$190.00

Full conference: BDS$300 – Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, Other

1 Day conference: BDS$160.00


Online Payment: 

Payment Locations:

Sundek Boutique, Limegrove, St. Michael

A & B Music Supplies, Sheraton Centre, Christ Church

Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, St. Michael

Payment pick-up/ queries contact:; Call or whatsapp: 246-253-9384

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