The 40th International Urogynecology Association (IUGA) meeting and the 2nd World Congress Abdominal Pain (WCAPP) were held as parallel conference in Nice this year at the Acropolis Congress on June 9th -13th.

IUGA was a scientific meeting updating on surgery for stress incontinence, conservative intervention for overactive bladder and conservative and surgical intervention for pelvic organ prolapse. Recent research studies were presented and these two and a half days were preceded by one and a half days of workshops.

WCAPP was three days of presentations on where evidence lies for surgical intervention, injection therapy, nerve blocks, pharmacological management and conservative physiotherapy assessment and treatment of chronic abdominal and pelvic pain. There was one morning of overlap between the two conferences where all delegates attended the same sessions.

At this joint session Maeve Whelan was honoured to be asked to speak as part of a State of Art Lecture on the role of the physiotherapist in the Multidisciplinary Approach in Chronic Pelvic Pain with Benoit Rabischong, Alain Watier and Jean-Jacques Labat . A key slide in this presentation is shown here reflecting the many aspects addressed by a physiotherapist in assessing and treating chronic pelvic pain.  A picture of Maeve presenting in the Apollo auditorium shows the scale of this joint session!

Maeve at AcropolisMaeve speaking at AcropolisCPPS BLOG

Claire Brown, Cambridge UK organized a workshop as part of the IUGA meeting on Advanced Skills for Conservative Management of Pelvic Organ Prolapse with speakers Rohna Kearney, Claire Brown, Kate Lough all from UK and Maeve Whelan from Ireland. This workshop detailed the work being done by the UK group enabling women to manage their own prolapse with pessaries. This is a concept welcomed by many women who manage their prolapses conservatively.

The venue of Nice enabled delegates to enjoy the sunshine on the Mediterranean coast while attending sessions and there were social occasions in the evenings where networking and making contact with international colleagues forms such an important part of an annual conference.

IUGA encourages member countries to hold a post IUGA meeting to update members on meeting events and news over the year. Maeve Whelan is currently Physiotherapy Ambassador for Ireland to IUGA and this event will be organized for Irish physiotherapists through the Irish group Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health & Continence later this year.

Until IUGA in South Africa next year …………!