Fellowship winners to seek innovation overseas

FELLOWSHIP: Dr Meredith Frearson will travel to three countries with the aim of improving women’s sexual and reproductive health by optimising Intrauterine Device usage. Picture: Supplied

FELLOWSHIP: Dr Meredith Frearson will travel to three countries with the aim of improving women’s sexual and reproductive health by optimising Intrauterine Device usage. Picture: Supplied

Nine South Australians, including Streaky Bay’s Susan Betts and Dr Meredith Frearson, will go overseas to seek out innovative ideas to bring back and implement, thanks to the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

The pair were announced as successful South Australian recipients, among the 112 people from across the country receiving the prestigious fellowships, worth $3.1 million.

The fellows will be travelling across the globe to investigate a vast array of topics.

Ms Betts of Wiyana Spirit Creative will travel to Canada, Egypt, the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland to investigate sites relating to the Seven Sisters star constellation, while Dr Frearson – who practices in Adelaide and Streaky Bay – will travel to Sweden, the UK and United States with the aim of improving women’s sexual and reproductive health by optimising Intrauterine Device (IUD) usage.

Dr Frearson said she had always held a strong interest in women’s health and was particularly interested in increasing awareness about IUDs as they were more effective and longer acting contraception, could manage heavy periods and be used five days after unprotected intercourse as a form of emergency contraception.

“Through the fellowship, I am looking forward to meeting with international experts and observing how countries, like Sweden, the UK and the USA, provide women’s health services.

“I am also keen to network with an international group at the Annual Society of Family Planning USA International Contraception conference in Los Angeles.

“I intend to learn about innovative models of care, which I will share with Australian health professionals, to facilitate more Australian health professionals to counsel women about IUDs.”

She said she was determined to help establish a training model in Australia to enable more health professionals to insert the devices.

”I also hope to increase relevant up to date information for women so they are more informed about IUDs.”

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust chief executive officer Adam Davey said the trust recognised new ideas, and the fellowships were a celebration of innovation and expanding knowledge to create new ways of addressing important issues.

“Each of the fellows have already demonstrated determination to further their expertise in areas that need advancement in Australia, and we look forward to hearing their insights upon their return.”