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Hot Topics Webcast


Sep, 2020

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm | AEST

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Topics & Speaker

The New Asthma Management Guidelines – What Do I Do Differently?

Prof Christine Jenkins

Head, Respiratory Group, The George Institute for Global Health

Christine Jenkins is Head of the Respiratory Group at The George Institute for Global Health; Senior Staff Specialist in Thoracic Medicine at Concord Hospital, Sydney; Clinical Professor and Head of Respiratory Discipline at University of Sydney; and Professor of Respiratory Medicine at UNSW Sydney. Christine has been Principal Investigator and has led many investigator-initiated and competitively funded clinical trials in airways disease. She has had major roles in advocacy and leadership for lung health in Australia, chairing the National Asthma Campaign, the Federal Government’s National Asthma Advisory Group and many local and international guidelines and implementation initiatives to enhance resources, skills, capacity and clinical outcomes in airways disease. She was president of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand from 2007 - 2009. Christine is an active clinician, and teaches and supervises medical students, advanced trainees and post graduate students. Her area of research interest is the clinical management of airways disease and patient reported outcomes in response to therapeutic interventions, and she is currently implementing trials in asthma and COPD management and pulmonary rehabilitation in Australia and Asia. Christine has written two books on asthma, one for medical students and one for patients, their families and carers. In 2002 she was made a Member in the Order of Australia for recognition of service to respiratory medicine as a physician, administrator and educator, especially in the field of asthma education. She is on the Board of the Lung Foundation Australia, and is a member of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, the American Thoracic Society, European Respirator Society and the Asia-Pacific Society of Respirology.
Topic Summary
Major changes in guidelines this year enable flexibility but it is essential that asthma control is carefully assessed, inhaler technique is checked and patients are given a written action plan. Christine will explain the new approaches for mild asthma, assessing asthma control and identifying who should be considered for referral and biologic therapy.

Medicinal Cannabis – Navigating the Maze

Dr Ben Jansen

GP; Founding Director, Cannabis Doctors Australia

Dr. Jansen is the Principle Investigator for a new observational study assessing the safety and efficacy of specific non-psychotropic medicinal cannabis. Incorporating medicinal cannabis therapies into his practice has allowed Dr. Jansen to effectively manage a range of conditions not responding to regular treatment. He has success with managing Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Pain, Anxiety and a range of other chronic disorders. Dr Jansen is an advocate and educator for pharmaceutical medical cannabis and is one of Australia's leading prescribers of medical cannabis. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge to support other practitioners in their clinical practice and to advance patient care.
Topic Summary
There are now more than 100 cannabis related-products available in Australia, many of which are difficult to differentiate and have widely varying levels of quality and effectiveness. Ben will explain how to navigate this confusing space, providing advice on how to assess cannabis products, how to help their patients access them and the practical considerations for those who are using them.

Influenza-like Illness – A Systematic Approach to Assessment 

Prof Andrew Lloyd

Infectious Diseases Physician, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney; Academic Researcher, Kirby Institute, University of NSW

Professor Andrew Lloyd is an infectious diseases physician at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney and academic researcher in the Kirby Institute at the University of NSW. He is an NHMRC Practitioner Research fellow and is internationally recognised for his clinical and laboratory research studies in relation to the immunological basis of infectious diseases, including Q fever. He was awarded the Australia Medal (AM) in recognition of his clinical and research achievements.
Topic Summary
In the context of COVID-19, the significance and importance of assessing patients who present with influenza-like illness has become even more important in primary care. Andrew will provide a framework and practical advice on how to assess patients with these clinical features.

Elective Egg Freezing – What GPs Need to Know 

Dr Michele Kwik

Fertility Specialist; Clinical Director at IVFAustralia

Michele is a fertility specialist with expertise in reproductive medical and surgical techniques for the treatment of recurrent miscarriage and infertility for both men and women and takes great pride in her thorough caring approach. Her specialist practice also assists patients to manage premature ovarian insufficiency, fertility preservation in cancer patients and Michele is an integral part of IVFAustralia’s PCOS clinic at Sydney city and Greenwich assisting women of all ages manage this condition. Her research has included presentations at many national and international conferences and publication of articles in respected journals. Michele graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery with Honours at the University of New South Wales. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists with 5 years of specialist training in both Sydney and the UK. She then underwent a further 3 years of sub-specialist studies in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility (CREI) involving Menopause (Royal North Shore), paediatric/adolescent gynaecology (Royal Hospital for Women), endosurgery, and assisted reproduction (IVFAustralia). She is a Conjoint Associate Lecturer at the University of New South Wales and clinical lecturer at the University of Sydney. Michele provides Gynaecological services as well as a Menopause clinic at the Royal North Shore Hospital. She also has a specialist appointment at North Shore Private Hospital.
Topic Summary
Elective egg freezing is an increasingly common request. The woman's age is the most important factor in determining whether or not this will be a successful strategy. Michele will describe the role of AMH testing and other tests. She will describe the process women undergo to freeze eggs as well as explain the costs and risks of elective egg freezing.

Nicotine Prescribing, Vaping & Quitting

Dr Colin Mendelsohn

GP; Foundation Chairman of the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association

Dr Mendelsohn is the Foundation Chairman of the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association, a health promotion charity established to raise awareness of less harmful alternatives to smoking tobacco, Colin is a member of the committee that develops the RACGP national smoking cessation guidelines.
Topic Summary
This presentation provides GPs with the practical information they need to discuss vaping with their patients. How does vaping work? Can vaping help smokers quit and who should use it? Is vaping safe? How do you counsel smokers about vaping, write a nicotine prescription and where can you purchase vaping supplies?

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