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Hot Topics Webcast


Apr, 2020

6:30 pm - 12:00 am | AEST

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COVID-19 – Which Test is Best When? Understanding the Course of Disease

Dr Bernard Hudson

Microbiologist and Infectious Diseases Physician; Senior Staff Specialist, The Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Royal North Shore Hospital

Dr Bernard Hudson is a Senior Staff Specialist with the Department of Microbiology & Infectious Diseases at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney and the Medical Director of Travel Health Advisor formerly known in Australia and New Zealand as MASTA ( He is also a Senior Lecturer in Infectious Diseases at Sydney University and a Clinical Associate Professor at James Cook University in North Queensland.

Obesity & Stigma

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.

Psychotropics, Metabolic Dysregulation and Weight Gain

Prof David Castle

Psychiatrist; Inaugural Scientific Director, Centre for Complex Interventions (CCI) at the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH), Toronto, Canada; Professor, Department of Psychiatry, The University of Toronto
Honorary Affiliation - Professor of Psychiatry at St Vincent’s Health and The University of Melbourne

David is Professor of Psychiatry at St Vincent’s Health and The University of Melbourne. He has wide clinical and research interests, encompassing schizophrenia and related disorders, bipolar disorder, OCD spectrum disorders and disorders of body image. He has a longstanding interest in the impact of licit and illicit substances on the brain and body and is actively engaged in programmes addressing the physical health of the mentally ill and the mental health of the physically ill. He has published widely in the scientific literature and is a frequent speaker at scientific meetings.

Anti-Obesity Medication in the Mental Health Population

Dr Marlene Tham

Director of Melbourne Weight Loss; Director of Medical & Mind Weight Loss

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