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Healthed Webcast – 24th May 2022


May, 2022

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm | AEST

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Topics & Speaker

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
Hear what's new in the ever-changing COVID landscape from one of Australia's leading experts. Make sure you are up-to-date on the latest information on the COVID pandemic. Associate Director, NCIRS, A/Prof Nicholas Wood will present the latest developments in terms of the illness and its prevention including information on boosters, and what is new in terms of COVID-19 treatment.

Heavy Menstrual Bleeding - Management in General Practice

Dr Yasmin Tan

Gynaecologist, Laparoscopic Surgeon & Ultrasound Specialist; Women’s Health & Research Institute, Sydney; Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney

Dr Yasmin Tan is a gynaecologist and women’s ultrasound specialist based in the Sydney CBD. Her training and experience lie in the areas of general gynaecology, gynaecological surgery (including laparoscopy), paediatric & adolescent gynaecology, abnormal pap smears and obstetric and gynaecologic ultrasound.
Topic summary
Heavy menstrual bleeding is very common among women of child-bearing age, and often represents a significant burden to an affected woman's quality of life. Key to effective management is a comprehensive assessment to ensure, not only an accurate diagnosis of the cause of the bleeding, but also to determine the most appropriate treatment options for that individual woman. In this webcast, gynaecologist Dr Yasmin Tan presents a systematic, practical approach to managing the woman presenting with heavy menstrual bleeding. From asking the diagnosis-defining details in the history, to being able to explain the range of medical and surgical options currently available to treat this condition.

Reprioritising Blood Pressure Control in Primary Care: A Call to Action

Prof Alta Schutte

Hypertension and Heart Disease Specialist; SHARP Professor and Principal Theme Lead, Cardiac, Vascular and Metabolic Medicine, UNSW Sydney; Co-Lead, SPHERE Cardiac and Vascular Health Clinical Academic Group, UNSW Sydney; Professorial Fellow, Cardiovascular Program, The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney; Immediate Past President, International Society of Hypertension

Professor Alta Schutte is a hypertension and heart disease specialist, who is Principal Theme Lead of Cardiac, Vascular and Metabolic Medicine in the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia with a joint appointment as Professorial Fellow at the George Institute for Global Health. She was the Director of Hypertension in Africa Research Team and Director of the Medical Research Council Extramural Unit for Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease at the North-West University in South Africa. She has fulfilled several leadership roles, including the President of the Southern African Hypertension Society, and President of the International Society of Hypertension.
Topic summary
Data suggests that we are dropping the ball when it comes to controlling high blood pressure, and patients are at risk. Almost 30,000 deaths a day worldwide can be attributed to high systolic blood pressure. And despite effective medications being available, Professor Alta Schutte, immediate past president of the International Society for Hypertension, suggests over half of all people with hypertension remain inadequately treated. What is worse, she says, this proportion is growing. In her talk, Professor Schutte will present the argument for why we need to reprioritise blood pressure control, the challenges we face in reducing the proportion of patients with uncontrolled hypertension and some solutions that have been shown to be effective in the primary care setting.

The Role of ICS in COPD

Prof Christine Jenkins

Head, Respiratory Group, The George Institute for Global Health

Christine Jenkins is Head of the Respiratory Group at The George Institute for Global Health; Senior Staff Specialist in Thoracic Medicine at Concord Hospital, Sydney; Clinical Professor and Head of Respiratory Discipline at University of Sydney; and Professor of Respiratory Medicine at UNSW Sydney. Christine has been Principal Investigator and has led many investigator-initiated and competitively funded clinical trials in airways disease. She has had major roles in advocacy and leadership for lung health in Australia, chairing the National Asthma Campaign, the Federal Government’s National Asthma Advisory Group and many local and international guidelines and implementation initiatives to enhance resources, skills, capacity and clinical outcomes in airways disease. She was president of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand from 2007 - 2009. Christine is an active clinician, and teaches and supervises medical students, advanced trainees and post graduate students. Her area of research interest is the clinical management of airways disease and patient reported outcomes in response to therapeutic interventions, and she is currently implementing trials in asthma and COPD management and pulmonary rehabilitation in Australia and Asia. Christine has written two books on asthma, one for medical students and one for patients, their families and carers. In 2002 she was made a Member in the Order of Australia for recognition of service to respiratory medicine as a physician, administrator and educator, especially in the field of asthma education. She is on the Board of the Lung Foundation Australia, and is a member of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, the American Thoracic Society, European Respirator Society and the Asia-Pacific Society of Respirology.
Topic summary
Prescribing inhaled corticosteroids in COPD has been a grey area for many clinicians in the past. There have been concerns about the overuse of these steroid therapies making patients vulnerable to infections and side effects, while their underuse might leave them at risk of exacerbations of their underlying airways disease. In this talk, well-known respiratory expert, Prof Christine Jenkins presents a comprehensive framework for health professionals assessing COPD patients and outlines an evidence-based approach to management that includes how to step-up treatment when needed, which may include inhaled corticosteroids.

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