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Healthed Webcast


Sep, 2021

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm | AEST

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Topics & Speaker

Meningitis Prevention – Conversation Strategies

A/Prof Peter Richmond

Consultant Paediatric Immunologist & Paediatrician; Perth Children’s Hospital; Head of the Vaccine Trials Group, Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases; Director of the Child Health Research Network, Child and Adolescent Health Service

Professor Peter Richmond is Head of the Vaccine Trials Group which sits in the Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases. Professor Richmond is also a Consultant Paediatric Immunologist and Paediatrician at Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH), Head of the Department of Child Health Research, PCH and Director of the Child Health Research Network, Child and Adolescent Health Service. He also is the Head of Division of Paediatrics, School of Medicine at the University of Western Australia. Peter's major research interests are the evaluation of new vaccines designed to prevent bacterial and viral infections in the paediatric population and understanding protective immunity infectious disease in young children.
Topic summary
Meningitis is a devastating disease and yet the risk is dramatically reduced with vaccinations. The challenge is to educate patients so they can make a realistic assessment of the cost-benefit equation. Also, for many patients, an additional challenge is to understand that unfunded vaccines are still important as well as how to manage finances to pay for them. A/Prof Richmond will provide practical advice on how to have these important conversations to ensure the best possible outcome.

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.

Sarcopenia – What GPs Need to Know

Prof Robin Daly

Professor and Chair, Exercise and Ageing, Faculty of Health, Deakin University

Professor Robin Daly has over 20 years of experience in conducting human clinical, public health and translational intervention trials to evaluate the role of exercise and nutrition for preventing and managing common chronic diseases such as osteoporosis, sarcopenia, falls, type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer as well as cognitive related disorders. He is also interested in health issues related to vitamin D deficiency (and treatment), dietary protein. omega-3 fatty acids and chronic low-grade systemic inflammation, and the translation of evidence-based research into practice. He has been an active contributor nationally and internationally to clinical guidelines in the area of exercise, calcium and vitamin D for osteoporosis and fracture prevention. He is a council member of the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society (ANZBMS) and the Austrralian and New Zealand Society for Sarcopenia and Frailty Research (ANZSFR), a fellow of Sports Medicine Australia, a member of the Victorian Allied Health Research Network and a member of the medical and scientific advisory committee for Osteoporosis Australia. He is also the founder of the ‘Osteo-cise: Strong Bones for Life’ community-based osteoporosis prevention exercise program.
Topic summary
Sarcopenia has only recently been formally recognized as a disease in and of itself rather than as an aspect of other diseases. This recognition should encourage GPs to increase their vigilance. It is common with aging, sedentary lifestyle, metabolic and cardiovascular disease. It should also be looked for in psychiatric conditions and with substance abuse. It carries inherent risks over and above these disease states.

Preconception Health Care

Prof Kirsten Black

Academic Gynaecologist; Senior Lecturer and Joint Head, Discipline of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology, University of Sydney

Associate Professor Kirsten Black is an academic gynaecologist who works clinically at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. She is Joint Head of the Discipline of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology at the University of Sydney and her research interests focus on women’s sexual and reproductive health
Topic summary
The pre-pregnancy consultation provides a unique opportunity to highlight the importance of nutrition and lifestyle in achieving the best outcome for both the baby and the mother. Most would-be pregnant women are aware of the importance of taking folic acid pre-conception to lower the risk of the child having a neural tube defect. But, as Professor Kirsten Black will explain, there are many more evidence-based interventions that can optimise a woman's chances of having a complication-free pregnancy and a healthy, thriving baby. All future mothers need to know about these.

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