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Healthed Webcast


Jun, 2021

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm | AEST

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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 Vaccine Update – Delta Variant, Vax in Pregnancy, New AZ Age Recommendations, Pfizer in GP

Prof Kristine Macartney

Infectious Disease Specialist, Director, National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)

Prof Kristine Macartney is a paediatrician specialising in infectious diseases and vaccinology. Kristine is currently the Director of the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), a paediatric infectious disease consultant at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and a Professor in the Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Sydney. Her research interests include translation of evidence into policy and practice, vaccine safety, and most other areas of vaccine preventable diseases research, particularly in relation to rotavirus, varicella zoster virus and influenza. She is the senior editor of the Australian Immunisation Handbook.
Topic summary
Kristine will explain the safety data on the use of COVID vaccines in pregnant and breastfeeding women. This data has been collected from around the world and how it will be applied in Australia will be explained. Other developments that will be covered include the Pfizer vax in general practice - no need for deep freeze, update on the major variants of concern, and more on AZ clots in Australia

Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms and Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Dr Darren Katz

Urological Surgeon; Medical Director, Men’s Health Melbourne; Clinical Advisor, Healthy Male

Dr Darren Katz is a urological surgeon who serves as Medical Director of Men’s Health Melbourne and Clinical Advisor for Healthy Male. He is also the Chairman elect of the Andrology Special Advisory Group to the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand.
Topic summary
This presentation will provide general practitioners with information to support the diagnosis and management of benign prostatic enlargement. The presentation will focus on patient history, examination, and investigation, discuss differential diagnoses and outline medication management for benign prostatic enlargement. GPs will also receive advice on when referral to urologist would be indicated and a summary of what a patient can expect upon referral to urology.

Update on Clinical Aspects of Anaphylaxis

Dr Brynn Wainstein

Paediatric Immunologist and Allergist; Staff Specialist, Sydney Children’s Hospital

Topic summary
This presentation will cover the definition, clinical presentation, diagnosis and management of anaphylaxis. The common causes and epidemiology of anaphylaxis and anaphylaxis related fatalities will be discussed. The focus will be on the appropriate diagnosis and emergency management of acute anaphylaxis.

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