Painful Bladder Syndrome

Join us in the next session of the ANZUNS 2022 Online Education Series proudly sponsored by B. Braun, on Tuesday, 26 April 2022 at 18:30-20:00 AEST.

Interstitial cystitis, commonly known as 'Painful Bladder Syndrome' is a chronic health issue. With its symptom profile, it is often mistaken as UTI. However, there is no evidence of infection. There is no simple management to cure IC, nor is there one effective treatment that works for everyone.

In this webinar, expect critical insights and the latest development on the diagnosis, pathophysiology and management of painful bladder syndrome from three experts in this field.

This program will be moderated by Kath Schubach, ANZUNS President.

Registration for this event is FREE for ANZUNS members.

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The Speakers


Dr. Jonathan Kam
Urology Fellow, Nepean Hospital
What is painful bladder syndrome? Anatomy, physiology and aetiology of bladder pain.

Jonathan completed medical school at the University of New South Wales of which he was one of two Scientia Scholarship recipients. He graduated in 2013 with distinction and was awarded the UNSW Medicine Foundation Year Graduates Medal and the Dean’s List Award for outstanding research and teaching.

Jonathan currently works as the Urology Fellow at Nepean Hospital. During his training he was awarded the Board of Urology Frank Gardiner award for the highest mark in the SET Specialty Specific Written examination in 2018 and Chris Farrell Prize for best registrar research presentation in 2019.

His current university appointments are Conjoint Fellow with the University of Newcastle and Research Fellow with the University of Sydney. He is the author of over 30 book chapters, peer reviewed articles and case reports, and has done over 50 presentations at state, national and international meetings.





Dr. Giovanni Losco
Urology Consultant, New Zealand
Management of bladder pain.

Originally from Christchurch, Giovanni joined Urology Associates after subspecialty training in the United Kingdom. He completed fellowship training in paediatric urology at the Diana, Princess of Wales Children’s Hospital in Birmingham and gained extensive experience in reconstructive urology, female urology, pelvic organ prolapse, urethroplasty and urological care of spinal injuries while working at the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and the Institute of Urology, University College Hospital, London. Prior to that, he worked at Concord Repatriation General Hospital in Sydney where he focussed on bladder dysfunction with a particular interest in male and female incontinence.

In 2018 he was awarded a Travelling Fellowship where he spent time in the USA operating with world-leading surgeons in erectile dysfunction: Dean Knoll (Nashville, Tennessee) and Brian Christine (Birmingham, Alabama). He is able to share these skills and new techniques for the benefit of men in the South Island.

Before leaving New Zealand, Giovanni undertook his post-graduate training in Christchurch, Wellington and Palmerston North. He is delighted to be back in the South Island with his wife Emma and three girls, Isabella, Bianca and Hettie.

Alongside maintaining an interest in general urology in both adults and children, Giovanni holds a number of leadership positions: Clinical Director of Urology, Canterbury DHB; Chair, NZ Urology Clinical Directors’ Group; Director, Urology Associates; Trustee, Canterbury Urology Research Trust; Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Otago, Christchurch; Examiner in Urology, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons; Prevocational Educational Supervisor, Medical Council of New Zealand; Clinical Lead for Urology, South Canterbury DHB, Timaru Hospital; consultant urologist, Burwood Spinal Unit; and sits on a number of ACC and Ministry of Health committees concerning reducing harm from surgical mesh.





Trudy Dugmore
Clinical Nurse Specialist & Cancer Coordinator, Waitemata DHB
Bladder pain nurse-led clinic

Trudy qualified in South Africa and prior to emigrating to New Zealand, worked for the University of Witwaters and Urology Service, specialising in urodynamic studies at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital. She has been a clinical nurse specialist and cancer coordinator at Waitemata DHB past 6 years and has developed an interest in bladder pain, running her own nurse-led clinic.