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Australian National Fertility Conference 2014

MELBOURNE, Australia — The first-ever National Fertility Conference in Australia was organised and hosted by the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family and Office of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne with the support of Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. Held on 19-21 September in Melbourne, it was sponsored by the Australian Catholic University, Matercare Australia, Mercy Health and the International Institute for Restorative Reproductive Medicine. It attracted participants from the various methods of natural family planning.

The conference was opened on Friday evening by Melbourne Auxiliary Bishop Peter Elliott, Director of the John Paul II Institute, followed by a reflection by Bishop Gerard Hanna of Wagga Wagga on “The Grief & Loss of Infertility: A Pastoral Response”.

The keynote paper “Fertility Awareness in Medical Practice: A Holistic Approach” prepared by Prof. Pilar Vigil Protales of the Pontifical University, Chile was delivered by Dr Raffaella Pingitore, an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist from Switzerland.

The conference proper had 4 main sessions on Saturday.

Session 1 started with “Alternatives to IVF – What they are and how to present them” by Dr Phil Boyle of Ireland, followed by reports on state of fertility awareness in Medical practice from various parts of Australia.

Session 2 had the theme “Restorative Approach to Women’s Health and Infertility” which included discussion on treatment endocrine causes of sub-fertility (Dr Raffaella Pigitore, Switzerland) and surgery for sub-fertility (Dr Brendan Miller, Adelaide).

Session 3 was themed “Fertility Research” when Dr Luke McLindon (Brisbane) spoke on “Pregnancy Outcomes of Restorative Fertility Treatment”. Associate Prof. Len Blackwell then discussed the future of Brown’s Ovarian Monitor”. Session 3 ended with “Discussion of IIRRM Surveillance Trial on Restorative Procreative Medicine” by Dr Phil Boyle.

Session 4 which wound up the first day was a general panel discussion on future developments and then a Mass in St Patrick’s Cathedral.

On Sunday, the three participating fertility awareness agencies held separate conferences namely, (1) Ovulation Method Research and reference Centre Inc Ltd, (2) Australian Council of Natural Family Planning Inc and (3) Fertility Care Australia Inc. Concurrently held was a session for doctors on Ethical Issues led by ethicist Prof Nicholas Tonti-Filippini of John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family which touched on Seminal Fluid Collection, Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer, Intrauterine Insemination, Mirena Intrauterine Contraceptive Device, Morally Licit Use of Oral Contraceptive Pills, Problematic Requests, Providing fertility information and assistance to Lesbian couples and for the unmarried.

At the conference dinner on Saturday night, Dr Robert Walley of Canada was conferred an Honorary Doctoral Degree by the John Paul II Institute for his work in founding MaterCare International (http://matercare.org/) which comprises Catholic health professionals dedicated to the care of mothers and babies, designed to reduce the tragically high rates of maternal mortality, morbidity and abortion.

Dr Chan Lek Lim

NFASM recollection, seminar and biennial general meeting 2011

KUCHING — A Recollection, Seminar and 14th BGM of NFASM (Natural Fertility Awareness Service) was held at Telang Usan Hotel from 26 – 27 November. A total of 75 delegates from throughout the nation attended the Seminar & BGM.

The theme of the Seminar is “You are the Salt of the earth… You are the Light of the world” (Mt 5:13-14). The Recollection was conducted by Fr Terry Burke. NFASM Spiritual Advisor Fr Joseph Chai gave a session on “Church teaching on the regulation of birth”. The Seminar was conducted to update the scientific knowledge of Billings Ovulation Method (BOM) Teachers. Case studies of real life charts of BOM users who had some disorders were presented by NFASM President Dr Chan Lek Lim. Dr Elizabeth Eu, a gynaecologist from Normah Medical Centre presented a talk on “Common Fertility Problems”.

At the BGM held on 27 November, the following office bearers were re-elected for the term 2011-2013:

President:  Dr Chan Lek Lim (Kuching)
Vice President:  Dr John Wong (Penang)
Secretary:  Theresa Goh (Kuching)
Asst. Secretary:  Christine Ng (Penang)
Treasurer:  Raymond Lee (Kuching)
Asst. Treasurer:  Mathew Chong (Kuala Lumpur)
Auditors:  David Disam (Kuching) & Basil D’ Rozario (Kuala Lumpur)

Committee Members: Michael Junim (Kuching), Gertrude Kho (Sibu), Dorothy Adrian (Bintulu), Dr Leong Mui Ling (Miri), Angeline Chin (Kota Kinabalu), Steven Vanathya (Kuala Lumpur), Santhanamary (Penang), Jessica Tan (Melaka), Andrew Chew (Johor), Catherine Ambrose (Sitiawan).

The Seminar/BGM is held once in every two years. The office-bearers were re-elected for another two years term as the 2013 International Billings Conference is scheduled to be held in Kuching in April 2013.

A post Conference tour of Mujat longhouse at Bunan Gega and St Theresa’s Church, Serian was also organized for the delegates.

Theresa Goh

Published on 20 March 2012 @ 1:00 pm

BOM-NFP teachers get refresher course

MIRI — The Miri Branch of the Natural Fertility Awareness Service of Malaysia (NFASM) organised a refresher course for their teachers of the Billing Ovulation Method of Natural Family Planning (BOM-NFP) on 16-17 September. It was held at Human Life Service premises and was attended by 15 teachers, some having been first trained decades ago.

National President of NFASM, Dr LL Chan gave them the two day programme particularly touching on charts of women in breast feeding and those having given up contraceptive medication and thus expecting returning fertility at any time. The participants were also presented a short session on the usefulness of BOM in detecting fertility problems.

Most of the participants found the two-day refresher course to be a useful in up-skilling them as BOM-NFP teachers.

Chan Lek Lim

Published on 22 October 2011 @ 6:30 pm

Fatimah Nursing School Ipoh gets BOM Teacher Training

IPOH — Twenty four nursing students attending the Fatimah Hospital Nursing School in Ipoh were given a 3-day Billings Ovulation Method (BOM) Teacher Training on 24-26 March. Three of the staff including the Principal Tutor also attended together with two other nurses from outside the school. The programme was conducted by Dr LL Chan, National President of Natural Fertility Awareness Service of Malaysia (NFASM), assisted by Assistant Secretary, Christine Ng and two other teachers, Lily Tan and Santhana Mary from Penang.

The nurses were from various racial and religious background. They were delighted to learn of BOM. Many expressed their surprise as to why they had not been given the information earlier. In fact, two of them in the group were themselves still using the out-dated rhythm method and basal body temperature method. They said they will start observation and change to using the BOM which gives much more information on what is happening in their bodies.

At the end of the Training Programme much to the amazement of the audience, Dr Chan presented eight of his case studies on how the BOM had been useful in helping women detect disorders through the use of the BOM observation and charting.

Christine Ng

Learn more about Billings Ovulation Method in Natural Family Planning HERE.