It is with great pleasure and honour to be able to write this message to you all as the 14th President of the Pan Pacific Continence Society.
I remembered back in 2014, Professor Myung Soo Choo from Korea and Professor Osamu Yamaguchi from Japan approached me at a meeting and asked if Australia would like to consider joining the PPCS. I thought it would be a great opportunity to become friends with our regional neighbours as well networking and sharing of the ever expanding knowledge in functional and pelvic floor urology. I did not need much time to reply ‘yes’. The Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand (USANZ) officially became the fifth member country of PPCS in 2016 after a period of observership, and since has participated in the annual meetings and loved every minute of them. We are both proud and pleased to be hosting the 14th PPCS meeting in Sydney in July this year , in conjunction with USANZ 3rd Biennial Functional Urology Symposium. I would like to thank the PPCS for the opportunity to join this valuable society and many new friendships has since been born and strengthened.
The PPCS , through its annual meeting , regional workshops and its journal ‘LUTS’, will continue to let her light shine in functional urology in this region of the globe, as well as consolidate our position in the international scene. We also hopefully to stimulate young doctors to take up a career in functional urology which is a much needed sub-speciality world-wide to improve quality of life in patients suffering from lower Urinary tract and pelvic floor functional disorders.
A/Professor Vincent Tse
President PPCS 2018
University of Sydney, Australia