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Healthed Webcast – 9th November 2021


Nov, 2021

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm | AEDT

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Topics & Speaker

Severe Asthma – Which Patients Should be on a MAB?

Dr Gregory Katsoulotos

Respiratory, Sleep & Allergy Physician; St George Private Hospital, Kareena Private Hospital

Dr Greg Katsoulotos is a Respiratory, Sleep & Allergy Physician with a special interest in asthma of all severities. He works in several hospitals across the St George and Sutherland Shire. His consulting rooms are in Kogarah and Miranda which are affiliated with our hospital system. Greg has a PhD in Asthma Immunology and has completed further Allergy studies. Greg has wide experience in the severe asthma space with the use of biological agents and the management of severe asthma in general. Greg is a member of the Guidelines Committee of the National Asthma Council and offers an extensive telehealth service for rural and remote areas specialising in severe/ difficult to treat asthma, supporting both GPs and their patients. He is a Senior Lecturer at the UNSW and Member of the Quality Use of Respiratory Medicines Group of the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research. Greg is also committed to multi-disciplinary care, chairing several Severe Asthma MDT Meetings and participates in Australian severe asthma registries. Dr Katsoulotos also has an interest in general medicine and medical assessments pre-orthopaedic surgery.
Topic summary
There are now biological therapies available to treat severe asthma. But knowing which patients are eligible for these treatments and who is most likely to benefit from them can be tricky. Dr Greg Katoulotos will present a practical guide to these new therapies and where they fit in the treatment algorithm for severe asthma.

COVID Update

A/Prof Nigel Crawford

Infectious Disease Specialist; Director, Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community (SAEFVIC), Murdoch Children’s Research Institute; Head of Immunisation Services Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne; Secondment Senior Medical Advisor, Victorian Department Health COVID19 vaccine safety team; Chair, Victorian Specialist Immunisation Services (VicSIS) network

Associate Professor Crawford is Director of SAEFVIC (Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination in the Community), a vaccine safety and clinical immunisation research group based at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Having completed his medical undergraduate studies at Flinders University Adelaide, A/Prof Crawford has a masters of public health from Cardiff University, Wales and a Vaccinology PhD from The University of Melbourne. A/Prof Crawford is also the Head of the Immunisation Service at The Royal Children's Hospital and an expert in the vaccination of special risk groups (e.g. immunosuppressed patients) and the clinical evaluation of adverse events following immunisation. He was the chief technical writer for the special risk section of the Australian Immunisation Handbook (NHMRC 2013) and was recently appointed to the Australian Technical and Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).
Topic summary
As Australia starts to open up, health professionals are looking for information on what it means to 'live with' COVID 19 as opposed to trying to eradicate it. A/Prof Nigel Crawford will help doctors be up-to-date on all aspects of COVID-19, including the highly infectious Delta variant and the new recommendations for booster doses.

Practical Takeaways from The Australia Contraception Choice Project

Prof Danielle Mazza

General Practitioner; Chair, General Practice, Monash University

Prof Danielle Mazza holds the Chair of General Practice at Monash University and is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in women’s health, implementation research and knowledge translation in the general practice setting. As a leading clinician researcher, advocate and educator on women’s health care, Danielle has an unflagging commitment to improving the quality of sexual and reproductive health care provided to women by GPs.
Topic summary
Long-active reversible contraceptives reduce unintended pregnancy and abortions, but uptake is low. In light of this Prof Mazza conducted The Australian Contraceptive Choice Project, which was a trial that aimed to increase LARC uptake through general practice.. Prof Mazza will present the fascinating findings from this project and importantly, outline what they mean for clinical practice.

Interpreting Iron Studies – Tips, Traps and Curly Cases

Dr Patrick Coleman

Nephrologist and General Medicine Specialist; Mater Hospital, North Sydney

Dr Patrick Coleman is a Nephrologist and General Physician with a special interest in hypertension and obstetric medicine. He works at the Northern Beaches Hospital, Arcadia Pittwater Private Hospital, Mona Vale Hospital, Manly Waters Private Hospital, and Delmar Private Hospital. Patrick graduated in medicine from University College Cork, Ireland in 1991. He worked as a Medical Registrar at Nambour Hospital, Sunshine Coast between 1994-1996. He trained in Nephrology at the Mater Hospital, Dublin between 1996-1999. He gained Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland in 1997 and worked as a Staff Specialist in General Medicine, Mater Hospital, Dublin between 1997-1999. On returning to Australia in 2000 he completed his Australian Advanced Training in Nephrology at the Royal North Shore and Westmead Hospitals and gained Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2003. Patrick has a keen interest in training and education. Between 1996-1999, whilst training in nephrology, he held the position of Special Lecturer in Medicine, Mater Hospital, Dublin. Between 2003-2004, whilst working as a Staff Specialist in Nephrology, he held the position of Clinical Superintendent in Medicine, Westmead Hospital. Between 2005-2006, he co-chaired the Workforce Training & Education Group of the NSW Renal Services Network. Between 2010-2015, he was Director of Prevocational Training & Education, Manly Hospital. He is actively involved in GP education and regularly conducts conferences and education sessions for medical professionals. Patrick is committed to providing individualised and comprehensive patient care with the ultimate aim of improving people’s quality of life whilst achieving optimal, evidence-based, clinical outcomes. He endeavours to maintain prompt communication with clinical colleagues as well as patients and their families. Patrick resides with his young family on the Northern Beaches where he enjoys spending time with his two young children, partaking in an active lifestyle and the multiple benefits of living in a wonderful environment. He is bilingual in french.
Topic summary
Iron studies are easily ordered but their results are not necessarily easily understood. In this presentation, Dr Patrick Colman will guide clinicians through the various components reported on in iron studies and the implications when results are outside the normal range. Various cases will be presented that will demonstrate how iron studies can be useful in determining appropriate clinical practice.

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