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Hot Topics Webcast


Oct, 2020

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | AEDT

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Topics & Speaker

Management of Mild to Moderate Asthma – What’s Changed? What’s Stayed the Same?

Prof Greg King

Respiratory Physician; Clinician-Researcher, Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, Sydney University; Department of Respiratory Medicine, Royal North Shore Hospital; Conjoint Professor of Respiratory Medicine, University of Sydney

Prof Greg King is a clinician-researcher at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, Sydney University and Department of Respiratory Medicine at the Royal North Shore Hospital. He is Conjoint Professor of Respiratory Medicine of the Northern Clinical School, Sydney University and Medical Director of the Respiratory Investigation Unit. His expertise includes complex measurements of airway and lung function, including the forced oscillation technique, multiple breath nitrogen washout and 3-dimensional ventilation imaging and CT imaging. He currently supervises 3 PhD students and has supervised 22 students to completion, and Postdoctoral Fellows from science and medical backgrounds. He has a clinical and research interest in asthma, COPD and bronchiolitis in haemopoietic stem cell transplant recipients.
Topic Summary
The guidelines for asthma management have changed. Some management strategies must change however others should not. Greg will walk through the various clinical scenarios to clearly explain in which scenarios management should change and those in which it should not.

Anaphylaxis in Infants and Young Children

A/Prof Richard Loh

Paediatric Clinical Immunologist; Perth Children's Hospital; Clinical Associate Professor, The University of Western Australia

Associate Professor Richard Loh is Paediatric Clinical Immunologist at Perth Children’s hospital and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia. He is actively involved in health professional education and has been the driving force in the development of ASCIA training courses for health professionals and supporting resources.
Topic Summary
Richard will give a very practical review of the clinical signs and symptoms of different types of allergic reactions followed by helpful real-world tips on immediate management of anaphylaxis including: adrenaline administration, dosages and the use of adrenaline autoinjectors as well as discuss additional measures like the use of antihistamines, steroids, infusions and fluids. The emphasis of the talk will be on appropriate identification of anaphylaxis and its treatment.

Paracetamol Dosing in Children – An Update

Dr Rose Cairns

Lecturer, School of Pharmacy, The University of Sydney; Senior Poisons Specialist, New South Wales Poisons Information Centre, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

Dr Rose Cairns is a Lecturer at the School of Pharmacy, The University of Sydney. She has a clinical role as Senior Poisons Specialist (Research and Audit) at the New South Wales Poisons Information Centre, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Her research interests include clinical toxicology, pharmacovigilance, toxicovigilance, severe adverse drug reactions, pharmaceutical misuse, medicines policy, and deliberate self-poisoning (self-harm overdose). Her overall goal is to reduce harm from poisoning.
Topic Summary
Paracetamol is one of the most frequently recommended medications and yet dosage is often incorrectly calculated by both carers and health professionals. Rose will describe how current understandings of paracetamol absorption and metabolism mean that dosage should be by weight. She will unpack common issues that lead to increased risk of under and over dosing.

Flu Vaccination Update

A/Prof John Litt AM

Public Health Physician; Associate Professor in the Discipline of General Practice, Flinders University

A/Prof John Litt is a public health physician and has been the Associate Professor in the Discipline of General Practice at Flinders University. His teaching activities focussed on coordinating the teaching of general practice and arranging placement for medical students in the Flinders University Medical Course. His major clinical and research interests are in prevention and its implementation He has over 100 refereed publications (journal articles, book and book chapters) including co authorship of the Australian General Practice Smoking Cessation Guidelines and its updates and the RACGP prevention guidelines.
Topic Summary
Flu vaccination is one of the most common immunisations we give. Hesitancy about flu vaccination is depriving many of the benefits, especially in those under 65. John will also describe potentially major developments in flu vaccine technology due to arrive in Australia in the next few months.

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