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Healthed Webcast – 20th July 2021


Jul, 2021

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm | AEST

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Topics & Speaker

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.

Covid Update – AZ Confusion, Delta Crisis, Myocarditis, Boosters, Pregnancy, Variants

A/Prof Nigel Crawford

Chairman, ATAGI; Infectious Disease Specialist; Director, Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community (SAEFVIC), Murdoch Children’s Research Institute; Head of Immunisation Services Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne; Secondment Senior Medical Advisor, Victorian Department Health COVID19 vaccine safety team; Chair, Victorian Specialist Immunisation Services (VicSIS) network

Associate Professor Crawford is Director of SAEFVIC (Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination in the Community), a vaccine safety and clinical immunisation research group based at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Having completed his medical undergraduate studies at Flinders University Adelaide, A/Prof Crawford has a masters of public health from Cardiff University, Wales and a Vaccinology PhD from The University of Melbourne. A/Prof Crawford is also the Head of the Immunisation Service at The Royal Children's Hospital and an expert in the vaccination of special risk groups (e.g. immunosuppressed patients) and the clinical evaluation of adverse events following immunisation. He was the chief technical writer for the special risk section of the Australian Immunisation Handbook (NHMRC 2013) and was recently appointed to the Australian Technical and Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).
Topic summary
More AZ confusion and Major Lockdowns have returned! The Government is now recommending a shortening of the AZ vaccine interval, NSW is encouraging 40-59 yos to get it too. A/Prof Crawford will provide a detailed practical understanding of the risk-benefit considerations as well as un update on AZ clots AND bleeds. In addition, A/Prof Crawford will provide an update on the Delta variant as well as information on the "Lambda Variant" and other variants of concern that may arrive in Australia soon and also cover which vaccines currently work against which variants. As we pivot toward the Pfizer vaccine, we may start to see cases of myocarditis. It's important to recognise this very rare phenomenon as well as be able to explain it to your patients. The questions of vaccination in pregnancy continues to be an issue that concerns health professionals. A/Prof Crawford will describe the current available data concerning safety and effectiveness of the Covid vaccines in this scenario. More high level discussions mean that there are many more changes to the national strategy looming with direct implications for those working in General Practice and it's essential for everyone working in primary care to get up to speed on.

Iron Supplement Troubleshooter

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
Iron deficiency remains common in Australia, especially in women. In her talk, haematologist, Dr Renee Eslick will describe how the significance of iron deficiency is often not appreciated by patients which is why a dietary approach is frequently unsuccessful. She will also outline the recommended therapies for treating iron deficiency and the importance of close follow-up to check not only compliance but also effectiveness.

Menopause Management Past, Present and Future Expert Panel

Expert Panel Facilitated by Dr Terri Foran, Panelist: Dr Sonia Davison, Prof Rod Baber, and Dr Sara Whitburn

Dr Terri Foran 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. Dr Sonia Davison Dr Sonia Davison is an Endocrinologist with a special interest in Women's Health. She is a Clinical Fellow at Jean Hailes for Women’s Health and has an adjunct appointment at the Women’s Health Research Program, Monash University and is also the current President of the Australasian Menopause Society. Prof Rod Baber Prof Rod Baber is Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at The University of Sydney and Head of the Menopause and Menstrual Disorders clinic at Royal North Shore Hospital. He is the Past President of both The International Menopause Society and The Australasian Menopause Society and Chair of The Medical Advisory Board of Family Planning NSW. Prof Baber is also the Editor in Chief of Climacteric, the journal of The International Menopause Society and Associate Editor of The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. In 2013, RANZCOG awarded him their Distinguished Service Medal for services to Obstetrics and Gynaecology. In 2016 the IMS awarded him their Distinguished Service Award. In 2018 he was awarded membership of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to obstetrics and gynaecology as a clinician and researcher. Dr Sara Whitburn Dr Sara Whitburn works at Family Planning Victoria and Belmore Road Medical Centre. She holds a fellowship of the RACGP, a diploma from RANZCOG and a diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Health care. She is interested in Women’s health across all ages but in her clinical work focuses on menopause, midlife health and vulval medicine.
Topic summary
This presentation brings together a ‘brains-trust’ in the management of menopause who will take you through the management of menopause looking to the past, present and future.  The panel will attempt to provide a practical approach to treatment based on current available evidence but will also bring their own considerable personal and professional experience to the discussion.

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