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Hot Topics Webcast

02

Feb, 2021



6:30 pm - 9:00 pm | AEDT


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Topics & Speaker

Cervical Cancer Screening – The Co-Test and Self-Collection

A/Prof Deborah Bateson

Medical Director; Family Planning NSW; Clinical Associate Professor, University of Sydney

A/P Deborah Bateson has worked as a clinician, educator, researcher and advocate in sexual and reproductive health for 20 years. She is Medical Director of Family Planning NSW, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney and Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW. Deborah has previously served as the Global Medical Director for Marie Stopes International and is a past Chair of the Australasian Sexual Health Alliance. Her work focusses on equitable access to contraception and abortion care, cervical cancer screening and STI prevention and treatment.
Topic Summary
In this presentation, A/Prof Bateson will review the role and rationale for performing a co-test within the National Cervical Screening Program and revisit eligibility for a self-collected vaginal HPV sample. The co-test  is used for patients at higher risk of cervical screening including those with symptoms suggestive of cervical cancer and as part of Test of Cure following treatment of histology-proven high grade lesions.

Iron Deficiency in Heart Failure

Prof Andrew Sindone

Cardiologist; Director of the Heart Failure Unit and Department of Cardiac Rehabilitation, Concord Hospital; Head, Department of Cardiology, Ryde Hospital

A practicing cardiologist with private practice in Ryde and Westmead and the Director of the Heart Failure Unit and Department of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Concord Hospital and Head of Department of Cardiology at Ryde Hospital. He has a long history of cardiovascular research having presented over one hundred research papers both nationally and internationally. He has been principal investigator in more than thirty-five international multi-centre research trials and is an advisor to the NSW Ministry of Health, as well as being co-author of the Australian Guidelines for the Management of Chronic Heart Failure.
Topic Summary
Iron deficiency anemia is widely present in patients with heart failure with an estimated prevalence of over 50% in ambulatory patients. It is an independent predictor of worse functional capacity and survival. Even without anemia,  iron deficiency is associated with poorer outcomes for these patients suggesting that the issue is not just relating to oxygen delivery but also broader energy generating metabolic parthways. At present, intravenous (IV) iron is the preferred route for treatment in heart failure patients. IV iron administration is associated with improvement in several important parameters. The latest research reveals important clinical action points for both GPs and specialists.

Prevention of Preterm Birth in Australia

Prof John Newnham AM

Chief Scientific Director, The Women and Infants Research Foundation; Professor of Obstetrics, The University of Western Australia (UWA); Head, UWA School of Women’s and Infants’ Health based at King Edward Memorial Hospital; Head, UWA Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

The scientific arm of The Women and Infants Research Foundation is headed by one of the leading authorities in the prevention of preterm birth, Professor John Newnham AM. Professor Newnham was appointed as WIRF’s Executive Director in 1996 and since then has spearheaded the Foundation’s diverse research portfolio. He is a Professor of Obstetrics at The University of Western Australia (UWA) and is a sub-specialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine. He is Head of the UWA School of Women’s and Infants’ Health based at King Edward Memorial Hospital; and Head of the newly defined UWA Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Peking University, Beijing, and Honorary Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Drum Tower Hospital, Nanjing, China.
Topic Summary
Professor John Newnham, AM and Senior Australian of the Year, leads the Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Alliance whose goal is to safely lower the rate of preterm birth in Australia. The seven major interventions will be discussed. The significance of recent research regarding the importance of maintaining pregnancies till 39 weeks will be counterpoised against a recent tendency towards elective early birth.

Preventing Infectious Disease Outbreaks in Residential Aged Care

Prof Raina MacIntyre

Infectious Disease Physician; Professor of Global Biosecurity, NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, Head, Biosecurity Program, Kirby Institute, UNSW

Professor Raina MacIntyre (MBBS Hons 1, FRACP, FAFPHM, M App Epid, PhD) is NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Global Biosecurity. She heads the Biosecurity Program at the Kirby Institute, which conducts research in epidemiology, vaccinology, bioterrorism prevention, mathematical modelling, genetic epidemiology, public health and clinical trials in infectious diseases. Her research is underpinned by her clinical training, vaccine program experience and extensive field outbreak investigation experience.
Topic Summary
The COVID pandemic has demonstrated to us that the elderly in aged care institutions are particularly vulnerable to infectious disease outbreaks. Many of these diseases can be prevented with immunisations commonly available, some of which are funded but several are not. It’s important to help patients, carers and families weigh up the costs vs the potential benefits when making decisions about which immunisations to have and when, in order to protect the elderly who are in residential care.

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