Items are entered free for public sector, voluntary and professional organisations, but we need at least six weeks' notice of your event. Please send details to Uli Jaeger, HSJ, Greater London House, Hampstead Road, London, NW1 7EJ. Fax: 0171-874 0254. E-

Male responsibility

1-2 October, Amsterdam

The theme of the fifth European Society of Contraception seminar is, 'What about boys and men: male responsibilities and involvement in contraception and STD prevention'.

Details: Orga-Med Congress Office, +32-2-582 0852.

Children in public care

7 October, 18 October, 11 November, 30 November, London

'How to use Care About Education' will tell social services managers, carers and anyone involved in training how to make best use of this practical training course, which is published by the National Children's Bureau and supported by the Department of Health.

Details: conferences and events department, 0171-843 6042/41.

Physiotherapy congress

8-10 October, Birmingham

The 1999 congress and exhibition of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy will focus on the theme of 'A new beginning'. The clinical programme will bring

together a number of clinical/special interest group meetings and provide a forum for research and evidence-based practice.

Details: events unit,

0171-306 6621/22.

Skin information day

9 October, Aberdeen

20 November, Shrewsbury

The Skin Care Campaign is holding a 'Skin information day: a healthy skin for every body' in connection with an exhibition of helpful products and services. Topics include atopic eczema: its treatment and management, skin cancer, psoriasis, herpes viruses and chronic skin problems, including pressure sores and leg ulcers.

Details: Gwen Banford, 0171-388 4097 ext 210.

Living with loss

9-10 October, Londonderry

The Irish Association of Suicidology is hosting its forth annual conference examining the devastating impact of suicide and attempted suicide on the family and society. Guest speaker is Professor Uni Billie-Brahe, based at Denmark's Centre for Suicidology and Research.

Details: Ann McConnell, 01504-865112.

Funding the NHS in Scotland

13 October, Dumfries

The Dumfries and Galloway management club of the new Institute of Healthcare Management is promoting a discussion on 'Funding the NHS in Scotland' with guest contributor MSP David Mundell.

Details: Bob Scott-Brown, 01387-253333.

Visual loss in the elderly

13 October, London

The Royal College of General Practitioners together with

the Royal College of

Ophthalmologists is holding a seminar on the theme of 'Visual loss in the elderly'. It will be of particular value to GPs and members of primary care teams. The theme is, 'Visual loss in the elderly'. Topics for discussion will include cataracts and criteria and techniques for surgery and care pathways.

Details: RCGP courses unit, 0171-823 9703.