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Hot Topics Webcast


Sep, 2020

6:30 pm - 9:15 pm | AEST

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Depression and Menopause

Prof Jayashri Kulkarni

Psychiatrist; Director, Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc)

Topic summary
Depressive symptoms can be exacerbated by, and sometimes mistaken for, Menopausal symptoms and vice versa. The interaction between fluctuating levels of reproductive hormones and mental health is complex and important to take into account when clinically assessing the depressed woman of menopausal age. Prof Kulkarni describes her clinical perspective on this issue and provides practical advice.

Uterine Sparing Surgical Techniques in the Management of Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

Dr Kate McIlwaine

Gynaecologist, Endosurgeon and Infertility Specialist; Consultant Gynaecologist, Endosurgery Unit, The Mercy Hospital for Women

Dr Kate McIlwaine completed her Obstetrics & Gynaecology training through Monash and has a Fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery from the Mercy Hospital for Women. She holds a Masters in Reproductive Medicine from the University of New South Wales. Kate’s special interests include minimally invasive surgery for the diagnosis and management of endometriosis and related conditions, infertility and menstrual management. Kate consults at Genea Fertility in Heidelberg and Eastern Gynaecology in Mitcham. She is a VMO Gynaecologist at various private hospitals including St Vincent’s Private, Warringal and Mitcham Private. Kate also holds a public appointment as a Consultant Gynaecologist on the Endosurgery Unit at the Mercy Hospital for Women in Heidelberg.
Topic summary
It is not uncommon for a woman to suffer from abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) or heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB) at some point during her lifetime. Once pathology is excluded, in practice, management needs to be individualised, considering the improvement of the woman’s symptoms and quality of life. Dr Kate McIlwaine discusses the structured universal approach of the diagnoses of AUB, with the aid memoirs PALM and COEIN. Once malignancy and significant pelvic pathology have been ruled out, medical treatment is an effective first-line therapeutic option, with surgery. 

Contraceptive Pill – Which Pill for the Right Person

Dr Terri Foran

Sexual Health Physician; Conjoint Senior Lecturer, School of Women’s and Children’s Health, UNSW

Dr Terri Foran is a Sexual Health Physician and has a special interest in contraception, menopause issues and the management of sexually transmitted infections. She was previously the Medical Director of Family Planning NSW and is now in clinical practice in Darlinghurst. She is also engaged in both clinical and research work at the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney. Dr Foran holds the position of Lecturer at the University of New South Wales in the School of Women’s and Children’s Health. She coordinates Phase 2 of their undergraduate Women’s Health program as well as supervising a number of modules in the Masters of Reproductive Medicine and Masters of Women’s Health Medicine Programs offered by UNSW.
Topic summary
Dr Foran will explain the advantages and disadvantages of combined oral contraception, how to utilise the different qualities of various pill preparations to maximise non-contraceptive benefits and how to adjust dosages and preparations to address side-effect.

Dietary Management of Gestational Diabetes

Susie Burrell


Susie Burrell is one of Australia’s leading dietitians, with 2 Honours degrees in Nutrition & Dietetics and Psychology. Susie is especially known for her practical, easy to understand approach to diet, nutrition and wellbeing. Early in her career, she spent almost 10 years working at The Children’s Hospital and with elite sporting teams including the St George Illawarra Dragons and the South African Blue Bulls where she gained much applied experience working with children, families and elite athletes. Susie is currently the resident sports dietitian at Sydney University Sport. Susie is currently the resident dietitian on Channel’s 7’s SUNRISE and has a weekly radio segment on the top rating 2GB Afternoon Program with Chris Smith. Susie currently contributes regularly to, Australian Women’s Fitness, CLEO and Woman’s Day magazines and she is the consultant dietitian at Sydney University Sport, Bellamy’s Organic, Zip Water and Australian Bananas.
Topic summary
Gestational diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is the most common perinatal endocrine condition affecting up to 10% of pregnancies in Australia. It is recommended that dietary interventions focus on optimal energy prescription, carbohydrate balance, nutrient quality and the appropriate use of medical nutrition therapy.

Allergic Rhinitis – Optimising Management

Prof Richard Harvey

Rhinologist; Nose, Sinus & Rhinoplasty Surgeon

Topic summary
In this talk, we discuss the nature and treatment of sino-nasal complaints with a focus on rhinitis. There is still much confusion as to whether these symptoms are simply a condition of the nasal passage (rhinitis) or part of broader condition affecting the upper airway (sinusitis). Rhinitis can be allergy, but many patients suffer from neurogenic responses or chemical irritation of the airway which will rarely respond to traditional therapies.

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