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Healthed Webcast


Oct, 2021

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm | AEDT

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Topics & Speaker

Pertussis – Detection, Treatment, Prevention in Adults and the Elderly

A/Prof Bette Liu

Epidemiologist; School of Population Health, UNSW

A/Prof Bette Liu is a medically trained epidemiologist. She completed her medical degree and a Masters of Public Health at the University of Sydney and her doctorate in epidemiology at the University of Oxford. Her interests are in infections and reproductive health, as well as large scale prospective cohorts and data linkage studies. She has research projects suitable for PhD or Masters programs as well as ILP students.
Topic summary
Older adults are known to be the 'infection reservoir' for pertussis in the community, and yet the disease frequently goes unrecognised, leading to delays in diagnosis and treatment. In this talk, A/Prof Liu outlines the key features of pertussis as it appears in adults, when to suspect it, and how to diagnose and treat it. Importantly, she will also address the issue of pertussis prevention for this cohort and the opportunities that exist to reduce the morbidity and mortality from whooping cough by targeting older adults.

COVID Update

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
The Delta variant is proving to be a game-changer in the fight against COVID-19. Its high and seemingly indiscriminate infectivity has seen a huge surge in people requesting vaccination against the virus, particularly with the Pfizer vaccine. GPs are at the frontline, they are a major part of the solution. More than ever, GPs need to be across the latest in all aspects of COVID-19 and the vaccines available to combat this pandemic. In this webcast, Healthed will deliver answers from Australian experts on the important issues GPs need to know in order to stay up to speed in the war against this deadly and ubiquitous virus.

Optimising Oral Iron in GP – The Practicalities

Dr Pradeep Jayasuriya

General Practitioner, Belgravia Medical Centre, Perth

Dr Pradeep Jayasuriya is the principal of a small independent general practice in the Perth metropolitan area for the last 20 years. As a past Director of Research for the RACGP in WA, he has contributed to guideline initiatives including those for chronic disease self management and preventive activities in general practice. More recent initiatives have included the development of a community based iron infusion facility in collaboration with a Medicare Local and a related educational activity for primary care health professionals.
Topic summary
Iron deficiency is a common but treatable condition present in a diverse range of patients. Its presentation can vary and will often be dependent on the cohort - the elderly, newborns, young women, those with chronic illness, and so on. Compliance and follow up are often challenging and may require specific strategies.

Antidepressant Choices

A/Prof Ajeet Singh

Psychiatrist; The Geelong Clinic; Executive Chairman & Founder, CNSDose; Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, Deakin Medical School

A/Prof Ajeet Singh is a psychiatrist at The Geelong Clinic. He is also the Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, Deakin Medical School. Dr Singh is Executive Chairman & Founder of CNSDose which uses technology to analyse the genes of patients to assess how easy or hard it is for certain anti-depressant medications to reach that patient’s brain.
Topic summary
Depressive illness is not uniform, indeed, is notoriously variable in it features and so 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 your patient. This has been emphasised in the new mood disorders guidelines.

Human Milk Oligosaccharides in Infant Formula - Practical Applications

A/Prof Avi Lemberg

Paediatric Gastroenterologist; Head of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Sydney Children’s Hospital

Dr Lemberg is a paediatric gastroenterologist with 15 years of experience in the management of children with gastrointestinal diseases. He was appointed Head of Paediatric Gastroenterology at Sydney Children’s Hospital in 2009 and is also Director of the Children’s Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Clinic (IBD) at The Sydney Children’s Hospital. He has clinical research interests in IBD, Probiotics, Gut Bacteria, Coeliac disease and Eosinophilic Oesophagitis (EoE)/Gut allergy and has published more than 100 peer reviewed publications and book chapters.
Topic summary
Human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) are one of the major differences between human milk and formula milk. Current evidence demonstrates their multiple beneficial effects including antimicrobial, immune modulation, prebiotic, neurodevelopment and cognition effects. Recently, manufactured HMOs have been approved as food ingredients with fascinating implications for infant formula. This lecture will explore the potential of HMOs to make infant formula a more beneficial alternative when human breast milk is inadequate or unavailable.

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