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Healthed Webcast

03

Aug, 2021



6:30 pm - 9:30 pm | AEST


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Topics & Speaker

COVID Update - Delta Crisis Update, New ATAGI Advice, Vaccination for Children & Pregnant Women

A/Prof Nicholas Wood

Staff Specialist General Paediatrician; Associate Director, National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance

A/Prof Wood is a staff specialist general paediatrician and Associate Professor and Sub-Dean (Postgraduate Research) in the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health at the University of Sydney. He is also the Associate Ddirector at National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance. He holds an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship. He leads the NSW Immunisation Specialist Service and coordinates the Immunisation Adverse Events Clinic at The Children's Hospital at Westmead. He is interested in maternal and neonatal immunisation, as well as research into vaccine safety and the genetics of adverse events.
Topic summary
ATAGI is now making special recommendations for Sydney. Should we be shortening or lengthening the intervals for COVID jabs? People of all ages are now being encouraged to have the AZ if they can’t get access to the Pfizer jab. Understand the risk/benefit considerations for each age group so that you can more effectively explain these things to your patients. A/Prof Wood will also provide an update on the Delta variant and what it means for us while we wait for the national vaccination program to catch up with this tricky new variant. Which vaccines currently work and by how much against this and other variants. How long will the Sydney lockdown last? Will it actually work? The question of vaccinating children is now emerging and this is likely to be a thorny issue. Current available data concerning safety and effectiveness of the COVID vaccines for children and pregnant women will be explained.

Tailoring Antidepressant Therapy to Clinical Profile

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
Depressive illness varies in features and as such, therapeutic agents should be selected on the likely clinical efficacy for a given individual. The side effect profile must also be considered. Both should be discussed with patient. This has been emphasised in the new mood disorders guidelines.

Beyond Mood Control: The Importance of Treating Residual Symptoms

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
Management of depression extends beyond relief of the basic symptoms. Quality of life and relationships, employment and self-perception require functional wellness. Medication choices, counselling and regular follow-up with careful monitoring are needed.

Modern Management of Schizophrenia in Primary Care

Prof Malcolm Hopwood

Psychiatrist and President of The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

Prof Hopwood is the Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne; based at the Albert Road Clinic (ARC) in Melbourne. At the ARC, he is the Director of the Professorial Psychiatry Unit which specialises in the assessment and treatment of complex mood and anxiety disorders. His research areas of interest include psychopharmacology and clinical aspects of mood and anxiety disorders. He has also led research into psychiatric aspects of ABI and other neuropsychiatric disorders.
Topic summary
There is a wide and increasing range of antipsychotic agents and the choices made need to be integrated into a shared-care model. Conveying an understanding of side effects is very important. Management pathways will involve a range of expertise with the GP having a crucial role in diagnosis and follow up.

Understanding Antipsychotic Medications and Metabolic Side Effects

Prof Malcolm Hopwood

Psychiatrist and President of The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

Prof Hopwood is the Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne; based at the Albert Road Clinic (ARC) in Melbourne. At the ARC, he is the Director of the Professorial Psychiatry Unit which specialises in the assessment and treatment of complex mood and anxiety disorders. His research areas of interest include psychopharmacology and clinical aspects of mood and anxiety disorders. He has also led research into psychiatric aspects of ABI and other neuropsychiatric disorders.
Topic summary
Metabolic dysregulation is a potential side effect of antipsychotics. This includes changes in cholesterol, triglycerides, BSL and BMI. These changes can cause or exacerbate comorbidities. This is a complex area and predictors are poorly understood. Weight gain is a major problem for compliance. 

Practical Cases Discussion

Dr Catherine Andronis

General Practitioner; Medical Educator RACGP and ASPM; Chair, RACGP Specific Interest Group – Psychological Medicine

Topic summary
This segment, facilitated by Dr Cathy Andronis, will cover four case studies.

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