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The objective of this session is to ensure that clinicians are informed and updated to ensure best practice and safe provision of care to women and their infants.

The Maternity and Newborn Learning Health Network (Centre of Clinical Excellence) at Safer Care Victoria and the Victorian Department of Health (Communicable Diseases) will provide updates on:

  • the epidemiology of congenital syphilis in Victoria
  • identified patient themes
  • important elements of diagnostics.

The session will review recommended treatments, the role of the Victorian Investigation of Complex STIs (VICS) team, and near misses. It will also introduce new guidelines and propose next steps, including the establishment of project groups.


  • Stephanie Tran, Department of Health
  • Leah Gullan, Department of Health
  • Dr Eloise Williams, Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory
  • Prof Michelle Giles, Royal Women’s Hospital, Monash Health and Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s
  • Jane Hooker, Department of Health
  • A/Prof N.Deborah Friedman, Department of Health

Dr Eloise Williams a Clinical Microbiologist and Infectious Diseases Physician at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory and a PhD scholar at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity.

Professor Michelle Giles is an adult infectious diseases physician who specialises in infections in pregnancy and maternal immunisation. She has clinical appointments at the Royal Women’s Hospital, Monash Health, Sunshine Hospital and Alfred Health and is Director of the Infections in Pregnancy Service, at Monash Health.

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Register before 2 pm on 13 December 2022