MercyAscot - Gynae, Upper GI and Uro Update

Drs Anil Sharma, Grant Beban, Richard Babor and Anna Lawrence, specialists at MercyAscot present a full day seminar on the challenges of managing Gynae, Upper GI and Uro patients in primary care, including managing common gynaecological problems, upper GI and bariatirc issues, obessity and its effect on the urinary tract.

Part of the MercyAscot Education Series


Auckland Paediatric Care Update 12th September 2016


Topic 1: Managing Common Gynaecological Problems

Presented by Anil Sharma

  • Managing Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
  • Diagnosis of Endometriosis
  • Causes, Symptoms and Treatments of Uterine Prolapse
  • Differential diagnosis of Stress Urinary Incontinence

Topic 2: Upper GI and Bariatric Update

Presented by Grant Beban and Richard Babor

  • Difficult gallbladder problems
  • Which operation for treatment of obesity and why?
  • Managing the difficult adjustable band
  • Update in Hernia Surgery
  • incl. pros and cons of Hernia mesh

Topic 3: Obesity and its effect on the urinary track

Presented by Anna Lawrence

  • The disappearing penis
  • The overactive bladder
  • Recurrent stones

Topic 4: The challenges of managing Gynae, Upper GI and Uro patients in primary care

Q&A session with all four presenters

Managing challenging patients in your practice; including patients with:

  • Gynaecological conditions
  • Gastrointestinal complaints
  • Urological symptoms


Anil Sharma - Managing Common Gynaecological Conditions handout (0.1MB)

Anil Sharma - postmenopausal bleeding handout (0.1MB)

Anil Sharma - premenopausal abnormal uterine bleeding handout (0.1MB)

Grant Beban and Richard Babor - handout 1 (0.2MB)

Grant Beban and Richard Babor - handout 2 (0.2MB)

Anna Lawrence - Slidepack (0.9MB)


Anil Sharma

Anil is a UK graduate who was lucky enough to come to New Zealand for an OE in 1993. He moved back here with his wife Rachel Jones, who is a GP, and they have three Kiwi daughters.

He worked for many years at the resident on call Waitakere Maternity hospital and in Gynae at North Shore. Having left the New Zealand maternity system behind, his Gynae areas of interest include Abnormal Uterine bleeding, Endometriosis, Prolapse and Urinary incontinence.

He also keeps actively involved with medical education with the Goodfellow Unit and edits women's health articles for Research Review.

Best way to contact Anil: P (09) 520 0745 (Manager Anne Whineray Smith)     F (09) 5200743


Grant Beban

Grant is an Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgeon practising in Auckland at ADHB, Auckland Weight Loss Surgery, the MacMurray Institute and MercyAscot.  His clinical interests include: Primary and Revisional Weight Loss surgery, Laparoscopic foregut surgery including gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, Surgery for cancer of the stomach and oesophagus, Laparoscopic cholecystectomy and hernia surgery.

Best way to contact Grant:  P (09) 522 4103         E         EDI aklwloss

Richard Babor

Richard is as a General, Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgeon at Counties Manukau District Health Board and MercyAscot.
About half of Richard's work involves the treatment of oesophagus, stomach and pancreatic cancers. In his private practice, Auckland Weight Loss Surgery, Richard specialises in laparoscopic surgery for the treatment of obesity. A significant proportion of this workload involves the management of patients with complications arising from weight loss surgery they have had in the past. Richard is involved in research and teaching in these fields. One current project is the development of a multidisciplinary weight loss surgery program for adolescents with metabolic complications of obesity.
Best way to contact Richard:  P (09) 522 4103           E or     EDI aklwloss

Anna Lawrence

Anna is a New Zealand trained Urologist, and the only Fellowship trained urethral reconstruction surgeon in Auckland. She has worked in many areas of medicine nation-wide, and has trained internationally at the University of California and with the Society of Genitourinary Reconstruction Surgeons in Pune, India.
Her clinical specialties include: Incontinence, Voiding Dysfunction, Urethroplasty, Stone Surgery and Prevention
Best way to contact Anna: P (09) 320 0640 EDI urospecl E   EDI:  urospecl

Referrals:- To refer your patients to one of the consultants please contact them directly.

MercyAscot Education Series

This CME Event is brought to you as part of the MercyAscot Education Series. The MercyAscot Education Series is designed to complement the Goodfellow Symposium and is always evolving as topics are suggested. The Education (CME) Sessions provide General Practitioners with clinically relevant and practical education, harnessing the expertise and interests of the specialists working with MercyAscot.
So far in 2016 they have held an update on Orthopaedic Surgery, Neurosurgery and Paediatric Care, ‘Gynae, Upper GI and Uro Update’ and have one more event planned, Updates in Lower GI Cancer’, November 7.

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