Masterclasses will be led by world leaders in the field providing delegates with specialised education sessions. Feedback from delegates at recent prostate cancer meetings indicate these are very popular sessions providing an intimate networking session and great opportunity for audience participation.

Masterclasses will be conducted for the following areas of expertise:

  • Advanced Robotic
  • Prostate MRI Imaging

Warning: These Masterclasses have limited numbers and have sold out early at previous events. Don’t miss out and book now!

Robotic Prostatectomy Masterclass

Conveners: Dr Geoff Coughlin & Dr Daniel Moon

This event has attracted large numbers of delegates in recent years to hear from world experts in robotic-assisted surgery and has proved one of the most highly-rated parts of the Program.

The rapid growth in installation and procedure numbers since 2011 has led to a doubling in the number of systems available and a huge increase in the number of urologists transitioning to robotic-assisted surgery.

This Masterclass remains the premium event for surgeons at all levels to hear from the best in the world and to improve their techniques.

This year we have assembled a hugely-experienced faculty of robotic surgeons to deliver an outstanding program for those interested in robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy using the da Vinci© surgical system.

The Masterclass will be led by Dr Ben Challacombe (Guys Hospital, London), Dr Jamie Borin (NYU, New York, USA), and Dr Jay SMith (Vanderbilt University, USA), all world-leading experts in robotic cancer surgery.

This Masterclass will focus this year on more advanced aspects of the procedure. Urologists as all levels from trainee to experienced robotic surgeon will benefit from this interactive and video-based da Vinci Prostatectomy Masterclass.

Robotic Radical Prostatectomy Masterclass –  August 2015

Session 1.   8.00-10.00

Unedited case  – Robotic radical prostatectomy – via video link

  • V Patel

Keynote Lecture:  New techniques and technology in Robotic prostatectomy – via video link

  • Vipul Patel

Session 2.  10.30-12.30

Robotic Radical Prostatectomy – key steps

  • RARP checklist and error measurement – B Challacombe
  • Bladder neck dissection – C Wijburg
  • Posterior approach to the SVs – J Borin
  • Key concepts in NVB preservation – J Borin – 30 mins
  • Apical dissection – B Challacombe
  • Anastomosis – A Finelli
  • Pelvic lymphadenectomy – C Wijburg

Session 3. 1.30 – 3.00

Special Cases

  • Training and mentoring – B Challacombe
  • The difficult bladder neck – James Borin
  • RALP post abandoned RRP  – G Coughlin
  • High risk disease – B Challacombe
  • Salvage prostatectomy – Declan

Session 4.  3.30-5.00

  • Beyond prostatectomy: – G Coughlin
    • pelvic exenteration
    • enbloc prostatectomy with rectal resection ‘bladder preservation’
    • combined prostatectomy with ultralow anterior resection and dual anastomosis

“My best and my most challenging…” – 20 mins each minimal editing

  • J Borin
  • C Wijburg
  • B Challacombe

Please join us for this very popular event and improve your knowledge of robotic radical prostatectomy in the company of the world’s most experienced robotic surgeons.


Date:                      Wednesday 19 August 2015 and Friday 21 August 2015 (Repeat Session)

Venue:                  Cairns Convention Centre

Time:                     0830 to 1730


Assoc. Prof. Stefan Heinze, Deputy Director of Radiology, Royal Melbourne Hospital

Dr. Peter Swindle, Urologist, Mater Private Hospital, Mater Adults Hospital, Greenslopes Private Hospital, The Wesley Hospital

International Faculty                          

Prof. Jelle Barentsz, Professor and Head of Prostate Imaging at the Radboud University Medical Centre in the Netherlands

Additional Australian Faculty:

Dr Les Thompson, Consultant Urologist, The Wesley Hospital, Brisbane.

This 2nd Intensive Prostate MRI work-station based Masterclass will be invaluable for all urologists, radiologists and trainees working in the area of localised prostate cancer.

The use of MRI scanning for the diagnosis and staging of prostate cancer has become an area of considerable interest. The increased availability of 3T magnets and appropriate expertise has led to increased use of this modality. Improved image quality has also led to the use of multiparametric MR images as part of a fusion-guided ultrasound approach to prostate biopsy.

The morning session, led by Assoc. Prof. Stefan Heinz, will include:

  • Lectures
  • Individual case review of up to thirty prostate MRI cases which contain examples of a variety of benign and malignant pathologies.
  • Group discussion of difficult cases

The cases in the morning session are all examples gathered by Assoc. Prof. Heinze from Australian MRI facilities and may be considered typical of images that will be seen by Australian urologists in their daily practice.

The afternoon session, led by Prof. Jelle Barentsz, will include:

  • Lectures
  • Individual review of cases selected by Prof. Barentsz
  • Group discussion of difficult cases

The cases that Prof. Barentsz will provide are examples of his “gold standard” MR imaging. At the end of the day delegates will have a good understanding of the current range of Prostate MR imaging.

This is an ideal opportunity for Urologists to experience actually reviewing and interpreting images with the added benefit of being able to discuss their findings with experts in the field. Places are limited book early!