The Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy and Surgery (AGES) Society has built on its mission to promote the safest and highest standards of clinical and minimally invasive surgical care for women through its three tenants of education, surgical training and clinical research.
Premier Surgical Association
Representing the majority of practising gynaecologists in Australia & New Zealand for over 25 years
850+ Active Members
Including gynaecologists, fellows and registrars
One of the largest & most active
of all surgical bodies in the Southern Hemisphere
Welcome to AGES
Now in its 30th year, the AGES Society is the premier gynaecological surgical association representing the majority of practising gynaecologists in Australia and New Zealand, with links to other societies throughout the Asia-Pacific region and international collaborations.
The AGES Society Board welcomes you to interact with the board and membership and invites you to become involved in your surgical society. The many achievements of this Society have only been made possible by participation and collaboration and we look forward to many more years of success.
AGES provides members, guests and women in general with information regarding its state-of-the-art conferences, surgical workshops, and the surgical services available in the continually developing field of minimally invasive surgery.
AGES aims to improve the health and quality of life of women. Its members come together to advance gynaecological surgery and associated fields by providing education, training, research opportunities, standardisation and innovation.
- Encourage high standards of Gynaecological Surgery
- Provide a forum for discussion and innovation in all aspects of Gynaecological Surgery
- Organise scientific meetings for the exchange of knowledge and expertise
- Provide an integrated network of experienced Gynaecological Surgeons & health professionals
- Encourage scientific research and publications on Gynaecological Surgery
- Acknowledge individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of Gynaecological Surgery
- Provide opportunities for training in Gynaecological Surgery through our fellowships, workshops and training
The AGES Board of 2019 – 2021 have created a strategic plan that has a vision, purpose and values that coincide with goals, objectives and actions. AGES’ purpose is to improve women’s health and the AGES Board are dedicated to becoming a leading international organisation focused on improving women’s health through education, training, research and advocacy.
The AGES Research Fund was founded in 2003, to support surgical research in gynaecology. The first awards for funding were granted in 2003 and since that time, more than 87 different projects have been funded or part-funded with more than 1.25 million dollars in grants allocated. Multiple large-scale randomised controlled trials, prospective cohort studies and retrospective reviews have received funding and had results published in national and international Journal.
Awards, Fellowships, & Scholarships
With a strong focus on continued education, AGES proudly supports a variety of awards, grants, scholarships to not just our members but also the broader international audience. Over $23,000 AUD is awarded annually.
AGES believes that most gynaecological problems can be safely managed by minimally invasive surgery using laparoscopic, hysteroscopic or vaginal approaches.
AGES strives to help its members:
- Achieve the appropriate training
- Evaluate the latest evidence
- Deliver the benefits to their patients
AGES has supported the RANZCOG in the development of guidelines for performing advanced operative laparoscopy and endoscopic surgery, and in continuing professional development (CPD) through many of its innovative practice review and clinical risk management (PR and CRM) programs.
Annual Scientific Meetings
Scientific meetings have long been the foundation of the AGES society success. Our annual scientific meetings showcase international experts and are a forum for excellence and exchange of ideas. The national faculty represents all areas of surgical care in our profession and frequently invites colleagues from associated specialty areas to present, engage and educate the membership.
Special Annual Focus Meeting
Responding to an unmet need for education in a variety of fields that often fall outside the realms of science and evidence, the annual focus meeting hones in on a specific area in our speciality. These have included office gynaecology, surgical complications, practice and risk management as well as many other scientific fields.
Annual Pelvic Floor Symposium
With the introduction of the pelvic floor meetings in 2000, the AGES society entered a new era of surgical education with the inclusion of both subspecialists and generalists alike in this important and ever-changing field of surgical care. Their popularity has endured and they remain an important method of disseminating the very latest innovations, techniques and information.
Research Grants and Awards
The Society recognises the imperative to practice and promotes evidence-based surgery and in keeping with this mantra, the AGES Society clinical research grants program was established in 2003 with our industry partners. Since that time, more than 65 separate studies have been funded or partially funded with close to $1,000,000 granted to AGES members.
AGES Accredited Training Program
AGES has introduced a two year national training program in advanced gynaecological endoscopy to facilitate endoscopic training in Australia and New Zealand to provide gynaecological surgeons with the skills necessary for minimally invasive surgery.