Dr Hodgkinson attends 11th Australasian Cleft Lip and Palate Association Conference
Dr Hodgkinson attended the 11th Australasian Cleft Lip and Palate Association Conference in Brisbane May 1 – 2, 2016.
This prestigious meeting of Australian and international cleft lip and palate specialists, not only surgeons but speech pathologists, orthodontists, and epidemiologists, discussed the multiple problems associated with a child being born with a cleft lip in the western world as well as in developing nations where Dr. Hodgkinson’s charity Operation Restore Hope continues its work.
There were guest surgeons from Nepal, Myanmar and Indonesia. Having their input into how missions can coordinate with local surgeons was of great importance. One thing which they pointed out was missions that concern themselves with a high number of surgeries performed i.e. ‘’mega missions’’ are not really welcome as they can throw the whole infrastructure of a hospital into chaos and it can be six months before the hospital recovers from ‘’fly in fly out’’, ‘’do as many operations as you can’’ and ‘’fund
raising opportunity grand standing missions’’. We need to be more sensitive to the local problems that exist in delivering surgical care in a these environments in developing nations.
Also discussed was the data collected from different major centres which showed that the more surgeries that an individual surgeon performs over a longer period of time, the better their results are in quality operative outcomes for the patient. I think that is definitely true for all plastic surgery including cosmetic surgery.
The next major meeting will be an international meeting in Chennai, India in February 2017.