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Interviews with Dr Harry Nespolon

GP and RACGP President Dr Harry Nespolon interviews prominent experts in their field on the latest practical strategies for GPs.


The renewed Cervical Screening Program – what GPs need to know

The Renewed Cervical Screening program has brought changes to clinical practice in Australia. In this podcast interview, A/Prof Annabelle Farnsworth, President of the Australian Society for Colposcopy & Cervical Pathology, and Medical Director at Douglass Hanly Moir, talks to RACGP President Dr Harry Nespolon about HPV, the latest vaccines, self-collection, and how the renewed program could potentially eliminate cervical cancer by 2035.

Menopause symptoms after cancer – navigating the current treatment options

Troublesome menopausal symptoms are common for women of all ages after cancer treatment, and the safe and effective management of these symptoms presents a considerable clinical challenge. Dr Harry Nespolon talks to Prof Martha Hickey, Head of the Gynaecology Research Centre at The University of Melbourne and The Royal Women’s Hospital, about current treatment options to help ease the impact of these symptoms and boost quality of life for female cancer survivors.

Uterine-sparing surgery – what GPs need to know

In this interview with RACGP President Dr Harry Nespolon, Gynaecologist and Laparoscopic Surgeon Prof Jason Abbott shares the latest thinking – and some practical tips for GPs – on hysterectomy and the latest uterine-sparing surgical alternatives. Some of these newer alternatives can be real game changers for patients and yet are underutilised, mostly due to lack of awareness.

Menopausal Hormone Therapy – Practical Advice

Gynaecologist and Director of the Sydney Menopause Centre at the Royal Hospital for Women A/Prof John Eden talks to RACGP President Dr Harry Nespolon about Menopausal Hormone Therapy. Treatment options, treatment duration, and when to refer patients, are discussed in this podcast.

Non-contraceptive uses of contraceptives – now and into the future

In this week’s podcast, sexual health physician and lecturer Dr Terri Foran talks to RACGP president Dr Harry Nespolon about some of the current and emerging non-contraceptive uses of contraceptives.

Sleep Problems in Pregnancy

In this week’s podcast, RACGP President Dr Harry Nespolon interviews A/Prof Jill Dorrian from the University of South Australia’s School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy about sleep changes during pregnancy, and interventions for women who experience sleep problems at this time.

Pharmacogenomics and Depression

Why do some patients with depression not respond adequately to their first trial of antidepressants, or stop taking their medication within the first three months? Combining pharmacology and genetics, pharmacogenomics offers both an explanation and a potential solution for these common problems. In an interview with RACGP President Dr Harry Nespolon, Royal Adelaide Hospital Clinical Pharmacology Registrar Dr Tom Polasek discusses the use of these new tests to improve patient outcomes in mental health.

When did you last order a CTX?

Prof Ego Seeman from The University of Melbourne’s Dept of Medicine and Endocrinology talks to GP and RACGP President Dr Harry Nespolon about some of the most effective tests, medications and supplements for the prevention and management of osteoporosis. Prof Seeman is a vocal advocate for GPs to be more involved in osteoporosis management, including using tests such as CTX.

Sleep Disturbance in the Menopause

Dr Harry Nespolon talks to Dr Linda Schachter from Sleep Services Australia about the prevalence, causes and management of sleep disturbance over the menopause transition, and some practical approaches including the role of pharmacological and behavioural treatment strategies.

Surgical Options for Obesity

Dr Harry Nespolon talks to Prof John Dixon from the Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute about the management of obese patients – including the use of very low calorie diets, pharmacotherapy, and the latest surgical options.

Full Lectures

Curated by Dr Linda Calabresi

Listen to some of the top lectures from Healthed’s seminar series, curated by Healthed Medical Editor Dr Linda Calabresi.


Vitamin D in Pregnancy – Supplement or Not?

In today’s podcast lecture, Prof Craig Munns, Senior Staff Specialist in Endocrinology at Westmead Children’s Hospital, will discuss the issue of nutritional rickets and the emerging idea of universal Vitamin D supplementation in pregnancy and early childhood.

The Breast Cancer and HRT Controversy – an expert panel separates fact from fiction

In August this year, a research paper published in The Lancet reignited the controversy over the associated risks of menopausal hormone therapy and breast cancer. In this podcast, an expert panel comprising Dr Terri Foran, Dr Sonia Davison, Prof Bronwyn Stuckey, and Dr Elizabeth Farrell, explores the implications of this article for menopause management in Australia.

An Update on Current Trends in Menopausal Management

Most women will experience symptoms as they pass through the menopause transition. In this podcast, Dr Sonia Davison, Endocrinologist; President, Australasian Menopause Society, and Clinical Fellow, Jean Hailes for Women’s Health, shares expert insights on the management of these symptoms with a particular focus on hormonal and non-hormonal treatments and the latest research.

Safety and Security Travelling Abroad

Accidents, injuries and “muggings” are an important cause of morbidity and mortality for travellers, and in this podcast, Prof Peter Leggat, Professor and co-Director, World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Vector-borne and Neglected Tropical Disease, discusses the risks, and the most important areas for travel health providers to cover.

Allergic rhinitis in children – It’s more than just a runny nose

In this podcast lecture, allergist and medical rhinologist Dr Jessica Tattersall shares the latest practical advice on the management of allergic rhinitis in children.

Q Fever in GP – Recognition, Treatment and Prevention

Q Fever is an emerging zoonotic infection worldwide, and presentations are non-specific, variable and often misdiagnosed. In this podcast Infectious Diseases Physician Prof Andrew Lloyd discusses the issues faced by medical practitioners in testing patients for Q Fever, its clinical features – which may present as acute or chronic infection or the post-Q Fever fatigue syndrome, and treatment and prevention.

Is there an Opioid Epidemic in Australia?

Is there an opioid crisis in Australia? While the situation here is not yet at the levels seen in the USA, there is cause for concern. In this podcast Prof Schug, Professor and Chair of Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Western Australia, presents facts and observations suggesting that we need to take steps now to prevent a similar crisis on our own doorstep.

The Significant Impact of Cancer on the Family

GPs often see families at the beginning of their cancer experience, and this provides an invaluable opportunity to support not only the patient, but the entire family unit in coping better with the journey ahead. In this podcast Sandy Cham, Clinical Psychologist and General Manager at CanTeen addresses the primary needs of families going through a cancer experience: information, how to talk about cancer, and connection with peers who understand.

Anaphylaxis in Infants and Young Children

In this podcast Paediatric Clinical Immunologist A/Prof Richard Loh will address the early signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis in infants and young children and advise on how to treat anaphylaxis in infants and young children. The podcast also covers the effectiveness of using adrenaline as an anaphylaxis treatment.

COPD Inhaler Devices – Common User Errors

In this podcast, Respiratory Physician Dr Christopher Worsnop describes how each of the inhalers prescribed for COPD patients are used, including various tricks to make sure patients are getting the drugs from the devices into their lungs. The positive and negative features of each inhaler are discussed, along with the drugs available in each inhaler, and where they fit into COPD management.

Diabetic Eye – practical advice for GPs

Diabetic Retinopathy is the leading cause of reduced vision in working age Australians. In this podcast, Dr Stephen Ong, an Ophthalmic Surgeon in the Retina Unit at Liverpool Hospital, will look at how GPs can help to reduce the social and economic impact of Diabetic Retinopathy by assisting in screening, early detection and treatment.

Breast Implants and Complications

Breast implants have been the subject of major controversy. In this podcast, Plastic Surgeon and President of the International Confederation of Plastic Surgery Societies Prof Rodney Cooter provides practical advice about breast implants – including their risks and complications – and also explains the origins of the controversies, and the registry efforts undertaken to generate better data about these high-risk implantable devices.

Lymphoma associated with Breast Implants

In a five minute lecture excerpt, Reconstructive Surgeon Dr Tony Connell discusses the emerging issue of Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphomas occurring around textured implants.

Sleep Disturbances in Menopause – Practical Advice

Sleep and Respiratory Specialist Dr Linda Schachter tackles the prevalence, causes and management of sleep disturbance over the menopause transition in this podcast. Dr Schachter also provides some practical approaches to managing this condition, including the role of pharmacological and behavioural treatment strategies.

Vitamin D in Pregnancy – Supplement or Not?

Maternal vitamin D deficiency is the major risk factor for neonatal vitamin D deficiency and nutritional rickets, and in this podcast, Prof Aris Siafarikas, Paediatric Endocrinologist at Perth Children’s Hospital, will cover the latest treatment and prevention.

Major Depression: new evidence on the role of nutrients

In this podcast, Professor Malcolm Hopwood, Director of the Professorial Psychiatry Unit at the University of Melbourne’s Albert Road Clinic, explores recent evidence that suggests an important supplementary role for Vit B, Vit D and other nutrients in the care of Major Depression.

Impacts of a Post-Polio History

Dr Stephen De Graaff, a Rehabilitation Physician and a Clinical Advisory Group Member of Polio Australia, will discuss how to identify and manage the Impacts of a Post-Polio History. When coupled with the effects of ageing, patients with a history of polio often require specific respiratory, orthopaedic, speech, and exercise recommendations. In this podcast Dr De Graaff covers the signs and symptoms of the Late Effects of Polio, as well as assessment and referral to manage the degree of impact of the issues someone will experience.

Managing Eczema in Infants and Children

Dr Anne Halbert, a Consultant Dermatologist at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, provides practical advice on the prevention and management of atopic dermatitis in babies and children, including the science of treatment and the art of inspiring children and parents to comply. She also discusses the risks and benefits of topical corticosteroids and calcineurin receptor antagonists, and how to maximise benefit.

CV Risk and Testosterone – Fact vs Fiction

The Director of Clinical Research at Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Prof Robert McLachlan, explores Cardiovascular Risk and Testosterone, including organic vs ‘late onset’ hypogonadism, cardiovascular epidemiological studies, retrospective prescription database studies, randomised controlled trials and the associated practical implications between Cardiovascular Risk and Testosterone Treatment.

Iron Deficiency – Curly Cases, Grey Areas, Controversies

Iron deficiency is more common than you might think. Recent high quality research suggests that 12% of patients in your practice are iron deficient. In this presentation, General Practitioner Dr Pradeep Jayasuriya will focus on this condition and surrounding aspects including obesity, infection, interpretation of pathology results, functional iron deficiency and refractory iron deficiency/anaemia.

Reproductive Coercion

Patients experiencing abuse or violence are likely to first disclose their situation in a primary care setting. This session with Marie Stopes Australia’s Deputy Medical Director Dr Catriona Melville will explore the issue of reproductive coercion – what it is, how it manifests, its health impacts, and how GPs and other healthcare professionals can enable patient safety in clinical settings..

Advances in the diagnosis and management of COPD

Director of Thoracic Medicine at The Prince Charles Hospital Prof Ian Yang reveals advances in the diagnosis and management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, including the use of both non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatment to control symptoms and reduce exacerbation risk.

The Renewed Cervical Screening Program

Associate Professor Annabelle Farnsworth, President of the Australian Society for Colposcopy & Cervical Pathology, provides an update on the Renewed Cervical Screening program, including areas of confusion that have arisen in clinical practice, and case presentations that include the management of under screened women, women with abnormal bleeding, and older women who are HPV positive.

Sexual Function and Antidepressant Therapy

Psychiatrist and President of The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Prof Malcolm Hopwood discusses improved care, and why it requires a shift in focus to new, broader, and more patient-driven outcome measures.

Palliative Care and Drugs

Metro South Palliative Care Services Deputy Director and Brisbane South Palliative Care Collaborative Director Prof Liz Reymond looks at 8 medicines used in the management of common terminal symptoms.


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