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Hot Topics Webcast


Feb, 2021

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm | AEDT

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Topics & Speaker

Cervical Cancer Screening – The Co-Test and Self-Collection

Prof Deborah Bateson

Medical Director, Family Planning NSW; Professor, The Daffodil Centre, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney

Deborah Bateson is Professor of Practice at The Daffodil Centre in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at The University of Sydney, and formerly Medical Director at Family Planning NSW. Deborah has worked as a clinician, researcher and educator in sexual and reproductive health for around 20 years with a focus on equitable access to evidence-based contraception, safe abortion care and cervical screening services nationally and internationally. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health of the Royal College of Obstetricians, a board member of the International Federation of Abortion and Contraception Professionals (FIAPAC) and a recipient of the RANZCOG Excellence in Women’s Health Award. Deborah is co-author of the Therapeutic Guidelines on contraception and medical abortion and provides frequent commentary on a wide range of women’s health issues to the media. She is Chair of National Cervical Screening Program Self-Collection Implementation Committee, Deputy Chair of the Quality and Safety Monitoring Committee and member of the Clinical Expert Panel. Deborah is also a co-author of the Cervical Screening Guidelines, including the recent updates to the self-collection pathways.
Topic Summary
In this presentation, A/Prof Bateson will review the role and rationale for performing a co-test within the National Cervical Screening Program and revisit eligibility for a self-collected vaginal HPV sample. The co-test  is used for patients at higher risk of cervical screening including those with symptoms suggestive of cervical cancer and as part of Test of Cure following treatment of histology-proven high grade lesions.

Iron Deficiency in Heart Failure

Prof Andrew Sindone

Cardiologist; Director of the Heart Failure Unit and Department of Cardiac Rehabilitation, Concord Hospital; Head, Department of Cardiology, Ryde Hospital

A practicing cardiologist with private practice in Ryde and Westmead and the Director of the Heart Failure Unit and Department of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Concord Hospital and Head of Department of Cardiology at Ryde Hospital. He has a long history of cardiovascular research having presented over one hundred research papers both nationally and internationally. He has been principal investigator in more than thirty-five international multi-centre research trials and is an advisor to the NSW Ministry of Health, as well as being co-author of the Australian Guidelines for the Management of Chronic Heart Failure.
Topic Summary
Iron deficiency anemia is widely present in patients with heart failure with an estimated prevalence of over 50% in ambulatory patients. It is an independent predictor of worse functional capacity and survival. Even without anemia,  iron deficiency is associated with poorer outcomes for these patients suggesting that the issue is not just relating to oxygen delivery but also broader energy generating metabolic parthways. At present, intravenous (IV) iron is the preferred route for treatment in heart failure patients. IV iron administration is associated with improvement in several important parameters. The latest research reveals important clinical action points for both GPs and specialists.

Prevention of Preterm Birth in Australia

Prof John Newnham AM

Chief Scientific Director, The Women and Infants Research Foundation; Professor of Obstetrics, The University of Western Australia (UWA); Head, UWA School of Women’s and Infants’ Health based at King Edward Memorial Hospital; Head, UWA Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

The scientific arm of The Women and Infants Research Foundation is headed by one of the leading authorities in the prevention of preterm birth, Professor John Newnham AM. Professor Newnham was appointed as WIRF’s Executive Director in 1996 and since then has spearheaded the Foundation’s diverse research portfolio. He is a Professor of Obstetrics at The University of Western Australia (UWA) and is a sub-specialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine. He is Head of the UWA School of Women’s and Infants’ Health based at King Edward Memorial Hospital; and Head of the newly defined UWA Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Peking University, Beijing, and Honorary Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Drum Tower Hospital, Nanjing, China.
Topic Summary
Professor John Newnham, AM and Senior Australian of the Year, leads the Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Alliance whose goal is to safely lower the rate of preterm birth in Australia. The seven major interventions will be discussed. The significance of recent research regarding the importance of maintaining pregnancies till 39 weeks will be counterpoised against a recent tendency towards elective early birth.

Preventing Infectious Disease Outbreaks in Residential Aged Care

Prof Raina MacIntyre

Infectious Disease Physician; Professor of Global Biosecurity, NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, Head, Biosecurity Program, Kirby Institute, UNSW

Professor Raina MacIntyre (MBBS Hons 1, FRACP, FAFPHM, M App Epid, PhD) is NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Global Biosecurity. She heads the Biosecurity Program at the Kirby Institute, which conducts research in epidemiology, vaccinology, bioterrorism prevention, mathematical modelling, genetic epidemiology, public health and clinical trials in infectious diseases. Her research is underpinned by her clinical training, vaccine program experience and extensive field outbreak investigation experience.
Topic Summary
The COVID pandemic has demonstrated to us that the elderly in aged care institutions are particularly vulnerable to infectious disease outbreaks. Many of these diseases can be prevented with immunisations commonly available, some of which are funded but several are not. It’s important to help patients, carers and families weigh up the costs vs the potential benefits when making decisions about which immunisations to have and when, in order to protect the elderly who are in residential care.

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