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Healthed Webcast – 6th July 2021


Jul, 2021

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | AEST

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Topics & Speaker

Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus

Prof Peter McCluskey AO

Inflammatory eye disease specialist; Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Eye Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney; Director, Save Sight Institute, Sydney Eye Hospital

Prof McCluskey is an internationally recognised inflammatory eye disease specialist. Peter is currently Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Eye Health in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at The University of Sydney He is also Director of the Save Sight Institute at Sydney Eye Hospital.
Topic summary
Herpes zoster affecting the eye not only causes severe pain, but can be associated with significant long-term sequelae. And this particular form of shingles is still occurring frequently despite the zoster vaccine. Here, Prof Peter McCluskey AO will provide an overview of the incidence and prevalence of this condition and its possible consequences, as well as giving an update on what's new in terms of understanding, management and prevention of Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus. 

COVID Update – The Delta Variant, Pfizer Myocarditis, Hesitancy Strategies and Other Developments

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
Recent outbreaks and clusters in Australia are primarily due to the Delta variant. A/Prof Wood will provide a detailed practical understanding of this variant as well as the “Delta Plus” and other variants of concern that may end up in Australia. As we pivot toward the Pfizer vaccine, we may start to see cases of myocarditis. It is essential for everyone working in primary care to get up to speed on this. In addition, A/Prof Wood will explore strategies to improve vaccine uptake and overcome vaccine anxiety and hesitancy, provide an update on clots, and cover any other important developments with significant implications for primary care and the broader community.

Medical Management of Endometriosis – Practical Advice for Primary Care

A/Prof Louise Hull

Gynaecologist; Reproductive Endocrinologist and Fertility Specialist, Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide; Embrace Fertility, Adelaide

A/Prof Hull is a gynaecologist, Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility specialist. She leads the Endometriosis Group at the Robinson Research Institute She is also an International Ambassador for the World Congress of Endometriosis and is an advisory board member for Endometriosis Australia and EndoNZ
Topic summary
Endometriosis can be a challenging condition - not only for the affected woman but also for the primary care clinician trying to treat it. In this talk, A/Prof Louise Hull will present a practical and evidence-based approach to the management of endometriosis from menarche to menopause, in addition to providing valuable insights based on her own considerable personal experience.

Meningitis Prevention

Prof Helen Marshall

Immunologist & Vaccinologist; Medical Director, Vaccinology and Immunology Research Trials Unit, Women’s and Children’s Hospital; Deputy Director, Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide

Prof Marshall is a medical clinician researcher and NHMRC Practitioner Fellow with specialist training in child health, vaccinology, and public health. She holds the position of Professor in Vaccinology at the University of Adelaide. Her main interests include meningococcal, Human Papillomavirus and pertussis infections and their prevention by immunisation.
Topic summary
There aren't many diseases that cause as much fear among both the general public and medical practitioners as meningitis. With good reason. Few illnesses can cause such devastation in such a short time frame. Fortunately, vaccines are reducing the incidence of meningitis. In this presentation, Prof Helen Marshall will outline the current state of play in terms of which meningitis vaccines are available, what's on the free list and what's not, and how we can promote optimal protection.

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