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Healthed Webcast – 1st February 2022


Feb, 2022

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm | AEDT

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Topics & Speaker

COVID Update

Prof Kristine Macartney

Professor, Paediatrics & Child Health, Children's Hospital, Westmead, Vaccinologist, Director, National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance (NCIRS)

Professor Kristine Macartney is a paediatrician specialising in infectious diseases and vaccinology. She is a medical graduate of the University of New South Wales and undertook her specialty training in Sydney and in the United States at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her Doctorate of Medicine was on rotavirus infection, in particular the mucosal immune response to novel vaccine candidates. She was a foundational member of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Kristine is currently the Director of the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), a paediatric infectious disease consultant at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and a Professor in the Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Sydney. Her research interests include translation of evidence into policy and practice, vaccine safety, and most other areas of vaccine preventable diseases research, particularly in relation to rotavirus, varicella zoster virus and influenza. She is the senior editor of the Australian Immunisation Handbook (9th and10th Editions and online) and has authored >130 peer-reviewed publications. She is a member of the Advisory Committee on Vaccines (ACV) of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the Communicable Diseases Network of Australia (CDNA) and the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). She has acted as an expert consultant to the World Health Organisation (WHO). She also leads the Australian national AusVaxSafety and Paediatric Active Enhanced Disease Surveillance (PAEDS) networks, and is the founding chair of the Australian Regional Immunisation Alliance (ARIA).
Topic summary
As the Omicron variant takes hold of Australia, and RATs, boosters and clearance certificates become part of the vernacular, hear from one of Australia's most well-respected COVID experts on what is most important for health professionals. Prof Kristine Macartney will outline the current state of play in our efforts to contain the effects of the ongoing COVID pandemic and what Australian health professionals need to know about the vaccines, preventive measures and the infection itself.

Management and Therapy for Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy

Prof Helen O’Connell AO

Urologist; Director of Surgery and Head of Urology, Western Health, Victoria; Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne

Prof Helen O’Connell AO is Professor, Department of Surgery, at the University of Melbourne and the Director of Surgery and Head of Urology at Western Health, Victoria. She is a leading researcher in the area of female pelvic anatomy and was the first woman to complete training as a urologist in Australia. Prof O’Connell is the Chair for the 2021 International Continence Society meeting in Melbourne.
Topic summary
To manage benign prostatic hyperplasia effectively, lower urinary tract symptoms need to be thoroughly assessed at the outset to ensure the most appropriate treatment. Benign prostatic hyperplasia is very common in older men. So too are lower urinary tract symptoms. In this very practical presentation, Prof Helen O'Connell AO provides a framework for assessing men with lower urinary tract symptoms to help accurately diagnose the cause of these symptoms. She will also outline when treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia is warranted and what options are currently available to treat this condition.

Suicidality in Men – A Practical Approach to Understanding and Management

Clinical A/Prof David Horgan

Psychiatrist; Honorary Psychiatrist, Royal Melbourne Hospital; Founder, Australian Suicide Prevention Foundation; Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne

Clinical A/Prof Horgan teaches Psychiatry to final year medical students and as part of his lecturing role as a Clinical Associate Professor in the University of Melbourne. As part of his Fellowship of the College of Psychiatrists, he attends multiple ongoing education lectures in various aspects of psychiatry. He also regularly attends a peer review group of almost twenty experienced psychiatrists and is also heavily involved in an Australia-wide suicide prevention charity and telephone service which he founded, the Australian Suicide Prevention Foundation.
Topic summary
Do you want to save lives? Identify and treat the commonest cause of death and injury under age 45 - suicide and attempted suicide. 75% of men who kill themselves die at their first known attempt at suicide. Therefore, identifying those at high risk and intervening as soon as possible is literally a matter of life and death. InToughTimesText ( is instantly available as a safety net to be used by family and friends as soon as suicide is mentioned, complementing your care.

Advances in Prosthetics for Post-Cancer Surgery Patients

Dr Joe Dusseldorp

Specialist Plastic Surgeon; Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, North Shore Private, Hunters Hill Private and Concord Hospital

Dr Dusseldorp graduated from the University of Sydney in Medicine and Surgery with Honours. He initially trained at Prince of Wales Hospital before being offered a position as an Advanced Trainee in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr Dusseldorp gained experience from many of the major teaching hospitals in Sydney and currently operates at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and Concord Hospital. He has a keen interest in treating complex skin cancers, in particular on the face and ears.
Topic summary
Advances in technology, scientific understanding and techniques are allowing plastic surgeons to correct increasingly marked deformities be they congenital, post-trauma or post-surgical. In a presentation that certainly has the wow factor, plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr Joseph Dusseldorp will update health professionals on what can now be done to repair ear deformities, even very severe ear deformities. He will describe how new technology is enabling better pre-surgery planning, providing new options in prosthetics and helping restore function which is resulting in remarkable outcomes for patients.

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