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Healthed Webcast – 30th March 2021


Mar, 2021

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm | AEDT

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Flu Vaccination During COVID Vaccine Roll-out

Prof Kristine Macartneyxxx

Professor, Paediatrics & Child Health, Children's Hospital, Westmead, Vaccinologist, Director, National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance (NCIRS)

Professor Kristine Macartney is a paediatrician specialising in infectious diseases and vaccinology. She is a medical graduate of the University of New South Wales and undertook her specialty training in Sydney and in the United States at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her Doctorate of Medicine was on rotavirus infection, in particular the mucosal immune response to novel vaccine candidates. She was a foundational member of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Kristine is currently the Director of the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), a paediatric infectious disease consultant at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and a Professor in the Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Sydney. Her research interests include translation of evidence into policy and practice, vaccine safety, and most other areas of vaccine preventable diseases research, particularly in relation to rotavirus, varicella zoster virus and influenza. She is the senior editor of the Australian Immunisation Handbook (9th and10th Editions and online) and has authored >130 peer-reviewed publications. She is a member of the Advisory Committee on Vaccines (ACV) of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the Communicable Diseases Network of Australia (CDNA) and the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). She has acted as an expert consultant to the World Health Organisation (WHO). She also leads the Australian national AusVaxSafety and Paediatric Active Enhanced Disease Surveillance (PAEDS) networks, and is the founding chair of the Australian Regional Immunisation Alliance (ARIA).
Topic Summary
As the spotlight remains on COVID, it’s important not to forget about influenza. Increasing complacency with regards to social distancing, mask use and handwashing compounded by some who may prioritise receiving the COVID 19 vaccines over the flu vaccines may result in more cases of flu this year. GPs need to encourage our patients towards a high uptake of flu vaccination and to develop a strategy to fit flu vaccination into the COVID vax programme for this year.

Medicolegal Risks and COVID Vaccine Roll-out

Dr Penny Browne & Georgie Haysom

Dr Penny Browne GP; Senior Staff Specialist in General Practice, Hornsby Hospital, Sydney; Chief Medical Officer, Avant

George Haysom Lawyer; Head of Research, Education and Advocacy, Avant
Topic Summary
There are significant risk management issues that GPs need to address: informed consent, supervision of others giving the vaccine, patients from other practices, eligibility, assessment and record-keeping, reporting of adverse events, cold-chain breach. These issues and more will be discussed in detail to assist you and your practice to stay safe and free of unnecessary liability.

Faecal Incontinence: 10% of Your Patients Have It! A Practical Guide For GPs

Prof Marc Gladman

Colorectal Surgeon; Director of The Bowel Clinic, Adelaide

Professor Marc A Gladman PhD MBBS DFFP MRCOG FRCS (Gen Surg) FRACS is a colorectal surgeon practising exclusively in the management of anorectal, functional bowel and pelvic floor disorders. He set out on his journey to better understand bowel and pelvic floor dysfunction 20 years ago, by training in gynaecology, urology and colorectal surgery in London and Sydney. Marc is the Director of The Bowel Clinic, Adelaide where he is committed to preventing, treating and curing bowel problems in Australians. He is recognized as an international expert for his pioneering research that he has conducted into these conditions and for the educational resources that he has delivered to colleagues and sufferers but to his patients he is simply know as “The Bowel Doctor”.
Topic Summary
Faecal incontinence affects 12% of adults, although only 1 in 3 patients will volunteer this distressing symptom. A recent study of over 1000 GPs revealed that 90% reported poor clinical exposure to and training in FI management. This webcast will provide a step-by-step guide to first-line management that can be delivered in the primary care setting with remarkable success. 

Text Messaging Strategies for Suicide Prevention

Clinical A/Prof David Horgan

Psychiatrist; Honorary Psychiatrist, Royal Melbourne Hospital; Founder, Australian Suicide Prevention Foundation; Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne

Clinical A/Prof Horgan teaches Psychiatry to final year medical students and as part of his lecturing role as a Clinical Associate Professor in the University of Melbourne. As part of his Fellowship of the College of Psychiatrists, he attends multiple ongoing education lectures in various aspects of psychiatry. He also regularly attends a peer review group of almost twenty experienced psychiatrists and is also heavily involved in an Australia-wide suicide prevention charity and telephone service which he founded, the Australian Suicide Prevention Foundation.
Topic Summary
Suicide is the leading cause of death and injury in younger people. There are several strategies that the GP can use to reduce the risk of suicide including a recent innovation that involves recruiting friends and family of a patient at risk to communicate regularly by text. Dr Horgan will explain the rationale and implementation of this potentially powerful strategy as a new tool for GPs to use in these difficult circumstances.

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