Endometriosis Symposium 2017

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An ATMS Special Event
Endometriosis Symposium 2017

ATMS is pleased to launch a very special event, the 2017 Endometriosis Symposium in Sydney on Sunday , 17 September.

Impacting 1 in 10 Australian women, the Symposium presented by ATMS will provide dedicated training on understanding Endometriosis and the treatment of it.

Join us for a full day of expert learning from five speakers with a combined experience of almost 100 years across female medicine and health.

Speaker & Program Highlights:

  • Prof Jason Abbott 
    The role of medical therapies and complementary medicine in the treatment of Endometriosis
  • Taryn Hallam 
    Musculoskeletal Dysfunction and Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Lara Briden 
    Endometriosis and the microbiome: harnessing the power of anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating treatments
  • Dr Andrew Orr 
    A multi-modality approach to the treatment and management of Endometriosis
  • Leah Hechtman
    Immunological considerations and the role of peritoneal fluid


We encourage all complementary health practitioners to attend including Naturopaths, Nutritionists, Herbalists, Homeopaths, Integrative Doctors, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Bodywork Therapists.

Event Details:

Sunday 17 September 2017
L'Aqua, Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney
8.30am – 5.00pm

Speaker Bio’s and Full Program for the Symposium


7.15 am Registration Opens

8.15 am Welcome

8.30 am Prof Jason Abbot


Jason is Associate Professor of Gynaecological Surgery at the University of New South Wales having undertaken his PhD in surgical treatments for Endometriosis associated pain.  He is currently President of The Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy Society (AGES) and a member of the FIGO menstrual disorders group. He has more than 100 publications to his name including text-books, book chapters and large-scale Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) in gynaecological surgery and supervises PhD, masters and honours students in the area of gynaecological surgery.

Session: The role of medical therapies and complementary medicine in the treatment of Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a common gynaecological condition that affects up to 10% of women with pain and subfertility as the two main presenting issues. This presentation will examine myths and misconceptions in the evidence based practice of treating Endometriosis, and the limitations that we face when assessing various factors for either symptom or disease control.

9.30 am Taryn Hallam


Taryn is a physiotherapist who has worked in the field of Urogynaecology, Chronic Pelvic Pain and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction for 17 years. In the past (2000 – 2011), Taryn was a Senior Clinician in Women’s Health Physiotherapy at the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney and has been the NSW Representative on National Committee of the Men’s, Women’s and Pelvic Health Special Interest Group of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. Taryn currently spends her time working two days per week clinically at Alana Health Care for Women, and the remaining three days per week running Women’s Health Training Associates.

Session: Musculoskeletal Dysfunction and Chronic Pelvic Pain

This presentation will begin by exploring the new anatomical research now questioning the demarcation and how myofascial dysfunction could in fact be an additional contributing factor to chronic gynaecological pelvic pain. Direct musculoskeletal pain mechanisms including myofascial trigger point referral patterns, as well as muscular hypertonicity and associated myalgia will be discussed in relation to conditions such as Endometriosis and bladder pain syndromes. In addition, research surrounding theories of viscero-somatic and somato-visceral convergence, antidromic propagation and the possible role of myofascial dysfunction in neurogenic inflammation within the viscera will be discussed. 

10.30 am Morning Tea

11.00 am Lara Briden


Lara is a naturopathic doctor with twenty years clinical experience and a passionate communicator about women's health. She's the author of the popular book Period Repair Manual and has also written dozens of women's health articles for mainstream media. Lara qualified in 1997 from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She practiced in Canada for five years before moving to Sydney in 2002 and setting up Sensible Alternative Hormone Clinic, where she still practices. Her clinical focus includes polycystic ovarian syndrome, Hashimoto's thyroid disease, perimenopause, Endometriosis and coming off hormonal birth control. 

Session: Endometriosis and the microbiome - harnessing the power of anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating treatments

Endometriosis is a whole-body inflammatory disease that is dependent on estrogen, but is not caused by estrogen. In this presentation, Lara will depart from the popular 'estrogen dominance' theory of Endometriosis and will instead examine recent findings about the deep immune dysfunction that lies at the heart of the disease. In particular, she will explore the role of the bacterial lipopolysaccharides (LPS) in the pathogenesis of Endometriosis and will survey the effectiveness of natural immune-modulating treatments.

12.00 pm Dr Andrew Orr


Andrew is a Reproductive Medicine and Women’s Health Medicine Specialist, with medical degrees with a Masters in Reproductive Medicine and a Masters of Women’s Health. He is also Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Naturopath, Chef, has a degree in food science, and also runs his busy practices in Brisbane where he has helped over 12,000 babies into the world with his successful fertility program. He uses his clinical experience and research to bring the best possible treatments via an integrative medicine approach.

Session: A multi-modality approach to the treatment and management of Endometriosis

Dr Andrew Orr has helped tens of thousands of women with Endometriosis worldwide using a multimodality treatment approach, using a combination of Medical science, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Naturopathy, Diet, Nutrition, counseling, exercise therapies (Yoga & Pilates) and mindfulness. In this presentation he will show you how to implement this multimodality. He will show you how he applies this approach in his practice and how to liaise with Advanced Trained Surgeons, GP’s, physiotherapists, and other allied medical healthcare professionals to give your patients with Endometriosis a team approach and the best care and treatments possible.

1.00 pm Break for Lunch

2.00 pm Leah Hechtman


Leah is an experienced and respected clinician who specialises in fertility, pregnancy and reproductive healthcare for men and women. Her primary passion is her clinical practice where she is inspired and humbled by her patients. She has completed extensive advanced training and is currently completing her PhD through the School of Women’s and Children’s Health (Faculty of Medicine [UNSW]). She is a keynote speaker, author and educator to her peers; Director of The Natural Health and Fertility Centre, Sydney; and mother to two gorgeous boys.

Session: Immunological considerations and the role of peritoneal fluid

There are various subtleties and contributing pathways that perpetuate and proliferate this troubling condition. The peritoneal fluid is a dynamic environment that links the reproductive and immune systems. Endometriotic tissue is influenced by this environment and in turn, the peritoneal fluid is altered by the presence of Endometriosis. Treatments that target this environment make radical anti-inflammatory and immune modulating impact. By exploring the inter-relationship of interleukins, VEGF, prostaglandins, macrophages, lymphokines and other growth factors we can understand the delicate and specific chemistry of this environment and explore the relevant treatment options and strategies to make significant improvements to sufferers of endometriosis.

3.00 pm Panel Discussion

4.00 pm Networking & Afternoon Tea

5.00 pm Close


Click here to secure your ticket – places are limited!