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Hot Topics Webcast


Oct, 2020

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | AEDT

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Topics & Speaker

Inflammatory Bowel Disease - What GPs Need to Know

A/Prof Susan Connor

Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist; Head of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) service at the Liverpool Hospital

A/Prof Susan Connor is a Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist and is Head of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) service at the Liverpool Hospital in Sydney where she also serves as a Senior Staff Specialist and a Conjoint Associate Professor with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Her clinical interests encompass IBD, advocating the improvement of patient care for bowel disease and promoting models for chronic disease management.
Topic Summary
Inflammatory Bowel Disease is an important medical condition in which the GP is closely involved in ongoing management. Susan will give an update on therapy, the increasing recognition of the role of the microbiome and the role of the GP. She will describe important red flags and provide some useful practice tips.

Preconception, Pregnancy and Postnatal Iron Deficiency – Why Earlier Detection and Management is Important

Dr Renee Eslick

Specialist Haematologist and Obstetric Physician; National Capital Medical Specialists at the National Capital Private Hospital, Canberra

Dr Renee Eslick is a clinical and laboratory haematologist in Western Sydney and has a special interest in obstetric haematology which she has completed an international fellowship in this area. She is a founding member of the Haematology in Obstetrics and Women’s Health Collaborative and has an active research interest in thrombocytopenia in pregnancy. She is also passionate about teaching, and is the Director of Physician Education at Liverpool Hospital.
Topic Summary
The recommended daily intake for iron in pregnancy is 27mg. Routine oral iron supplementation is not recommended in pregnancy. Intravenous iron improves haematological parameters compared with oral iron; but the evidence of other maternal or neonatal benefits is less certain. Optimisation of iron stores is particularly important for women with an increased risk of blood loss, or those unable to be transfused.

A Practical Update on Cow's Milk Protein Allergy

Dr Jeremy Rajanayagam

Gastroenterologist; Royal Children’s Hospital, Monash Children’s Hospital and Offspring Child Health Specialists

Dr Jeremy Rajanayagam completed his training in pediatric gastroenterology in tertiary gastroenterology & liver transplant units within Australia and New Zealand. He then embarked on a two-year liver and intestinal transplant Fellowship in the UK where he held concurrent appointments with Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the NIHR Centre for Liver Research. After returning to Melbourne, he now holds appointments at Royal Children’s Hospital, Monash Children’s Hospital and Offspring Child Health Specialists. His commitment is to advance the science and knowledge of gut immune response to its environment.
Topic Summary
Cow’s milk protein allergy (CMA) is a common problem that can have serious impacts if not managed effectively. Jeremy will describe the difference between IgE, Non-IgE CMA and intolerance and detail strategies for GP management of non-IgE CMA. The mediating role of the microbiome and potential of probiotics will also be covered.

Meal Replacements and Diet Drinks in Type 2 Diabetes

Prof John Dixon

Adjunct Professor; Iverson Health Innovations Institute, Swinburne University, Melbourne

An experienced clinician, John is known globally for his breadth of clinical research into obesity and its complications as well as weight loss treatments and their effects on health. He rates in the top researchers worldwide in the fields of obesity; weight loss; morbid obesity; and bariatric surgery ( He has over 300 original research, review and guideline publications. Focused on seeing findings translated into clinical practice and on patient advocacy for the obese, John is involved in a wide range of organizations both in Australia and internationally.
Topic Summary
Weight loss is the most effective therapy for those with Type 2 Diabetes, understand how to combine very low calorie diets with pharmacotherapy to achieve weight loss and  optimize sustained weight loss.

Why Unfunded Vaccines are Important

Dr Lisa Beecham

General Practitioner; Director, Immunisation Committee, Gold Coast Primary Health Network

Topic Summary
Just because a vaccine is not funded by the Govt doesn’t mean it’s not clinically valuable. Lisa will explain first, how to effectively communicate  to patients that unfunded vaccines represent a worthwhile investment in health and second, how to create effective practice systems to improve vaccine uptake.

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