First NETWORK AustralAsean Members’ Conference in Sydney
On Nov. 25th, 2007, the NETWORK held its first regional conference specifically aimed at strengthening and supporting members in Australia and Asia. The meeting was attended by members from 4 countries.
For this first regional event, we placed the focus of the agenda on the practical and scientific aspects of lipolysis. This can also be seen from the list of speakers and the topics they dealt with.
First of all, Dr. Michael Zacharia, Australia, once again detailed the current standards for the treatment, giving a kind of brief summary and repeat of the workshop.
Two important lectures were held by Dr. Ninian Peckitt, NZ, who in his main presentation discussed the scientific background to the therapy, focussing on the question of how the lipolysis effect can be explained. In his second lecture, Dr. Peckitt considered the issue of dealing with complications.
Dr. Swapan Chowdhury, Australia, provided a detailed summary of recent publications on the subject of lipolysis from the last two years. Dr. Chowdhury also presented the first results of a study which he is currently conducting with the aid of objective measuring methods, in the present case MRI images. MRI allows clear statements to be made concerning the extent of the fat reduction; these are backed by hard evidence and can therefore no longer be called into question.
The last presentation was given by Dirk Brandl, Germany, on the topic of photodocumentation of aesthetic treatments.
It should also be added that the members present at the conference not only engaged in intense discussion of their problems with the treatment as such, but during the breaks also put forward their visions for the development of the NETWORK in future in their region. It was agreed that in the coming year, the members will intensify the contact and exchange between themselves, and we at the NETWORK will support this development.
What topics should enliven the debate in future?
We can already indicate some of these today:
• What possibilities do we have collectively for bringing lipolysis to the attention of a broad circle of patients through the media? An initial meeting with a journalist from “Woman’s Day” already took place during the meeting, and Michael Zacharia will follow up this contact further in order to inform the Woman’s Day readers about the therapy. If any of our members have other contacts to the media, use should also be made of them for publicising the therapy. So if as a member you have any such contacts, please get in touch with us to discuss how to proceed further.
• What possibilities do we have to promote the growth of the NETWORK? On this point, we are dependent on the support of all the members. Only if we are a community which is strong in numbers will we have the standing to achieve our goals, namely to gain complete recognition for the therapy by all medical practitioners and to establish a reputation for the NETWORK as the only organisation that provides sound and comprehensive training for doctors in application of the therapy.
Therefore, we would ask all members to draw the attention of any of their colleagues who may be interested to our training, to recommend us to them, and perhaps also to inform us of any people they know who may be interested. All those present at the meeting were in agreement that strengthening the NETWORK in Australia would not lead to increased competition between the members, but rather would enable new patients to be addressed and as a result increase the number of treatments altogether.
• In future, the NETWORK will continue to offer high-quality training workshops for its members which will be conducted by international experts as soon as standardised training concepts are available.
All in all, the meeting can be rated as positive, and all participants expressed the wish to foster and intensify the contact between them. The meeting also showed that advanced research is taking place not only in the Old World and the USA, but that important research approaches are also being pursued in Australia and Asia. We await the publication of Dr. Chowdhury and the second, revised edition of Dr. Peckitt’s book with keen interest.